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Three dead in Haverfordwest paddleboarding incident



Dyfed Powys Police are reporting that three people have died and another remains in hospital following a multi-agency river rescue in Pembrokeshire yesterday.

Calls for help were received shortly after 9am yesterday (Saturday 20 October) after a group of nine adults paddleboarding on the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest got into difficulty.

Dyfed Powys Police say that the exact circumstances surrounding the incident is still being investigated.

Sadly two women and a man died at the scene. A woman remains in critical condition in hospital.

A further five people were rescued without injury.

A member of the public who is believed to have entered the water to attempt a rescue later exited the water safely.

The Quay Street area of Haverfordwest was cordoned off for several hours with the public asked to avoid the area while a search of the river was carried out.


Thirty firefighters from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, including specialist wading crews and swift water rescue specialists were also part of the rescue.

Two fire service boats were launched to assist with bank and river searches, with the crews working closely with Coastguard teams.

There was Helicopter support from the National Police Air Service, Coastguard and Wales Air Ambulance.

The lifeboat stationed at Angle was also part of the rescue operation.

The incident occurred while flood warnings were in place on the river following recent heavy rain.


Welsh Ambulance Service attended with several ambulances, and took the injured woman to nearby Withybush Hospital.

More than 20 police officers attended the scene, which remained cordoned off until 5pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Rees from Dyfed Powys Police said that a full investigation was already underway, but at this stage his thoughts were focussed on the loved ones of those who had died and the injured paddleboarder who remains in hospital.

He thanked emergency service colleagues for their swift support, and the public for their patience throughout the incident.

DCI Rees has appealed to anyone who may have information about the incident to contact them through a dedicated website.


A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) spokesman said: “A team of investigators from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has deployed to Haverfordwest to undertake a preliminary assessment of the accident, working in cooperation with other agencies.

“The aim of the MAIB’s preliminary assessment is to help in determining the way forward.”

Speaking to the BBC on Saturday, Haverfordwest Town Councillor Thomas Tudor said: “Today a terrible tragedy unfolded on the River Cleddau in the Castle Ward of Haverfordwest.

“I would like to extend my sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy and I would like to thank the emergency services for their brave efforts in tackling this issue.

“I would also like to thank the staff from the Bristol Trader and Vaughans Radio who provided help and support for the emergency services during this difficult operation.”


(Lead image: Jaggery / Geograph)

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Llanelli drink-driver jailed for causing death of baby in collision




A drink-driver who caused the death of a six-month-old baby girl last month has been convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.

Lucy Dyer, aged 23, of Heulwen Terrace, Llanelli, admitted causing the death of Eva Maria Nichifor by dangerous driving during a hearing at Swansea Crown Court yesterday (15 November).

Dyer was arrested on Friday, 8th October, following the collision on Heol Goffa, Llanelli, where she failed to stop at a give way junction and crashed into a vehicle being driven by Eva Maria’s father, Florin.

Passenger Eva Maria sustained un-survivable head injuries and tragically passed away at the University of Wales Hospital Cardiff the following day.

Dyer answered ‘no comment’ when interviewed by police and was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst over the prescribed limit and was remanded in custody.

Dyer provided a specimen of 46 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. 

The junction of Heol Goffa and Corporation Avenue in Llanelli where the collision took place (Image: Google Maps)

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Eva Maria’s mum Carmen said: “I came to this country to assure a better life for my family and ended up tearing it apart.

“Since this tragedy has happened, I couldn’t sleep, I ate very rarely and when I close my eyes we only see her, my husband could no longer work, my mother too and we couldn’t make a living, we encountered difficulties in communicating with the police, the hospital, the insurance, things we probably shouldn’t have encountered.


“In the house where we live, we can’t see our place there without our little Eva because everywhere we look, we see only memories of her, how happy she was with us and how we learned with her what happiness means.

“The house is empty without her, we can no longer stay in the room where we used to live with her where we used to play all the time, now I can’t go into the room because I remember how happy she was when the 3 of us were together.

“We are low on morale and what we want is justice for our baby because she was taken from us too soon.”

Lead investigator PS Sara John, of Dyfed Powys Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Lucy Dyer’s decision to drive in the manner she did and whilst over the prescribed limit has completely destroyed the lives of Eva Maria’s family.

“The devastation she has caused can never be undone and no sentence passed today could ever be enough. 


“Eva Maria’s parents have shown remarkable strength and dignity throughout this investigation.”

Dyer, who also admitted a charge of drink driving, was banned from driving for five years with an extended test pass requirement.

(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police / Family photo)

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Family pay tribute to fourth paddleboarder who died following River Cleddau incident




The family of 41 year-old Andrea Powell have paid tribute to her after she sadly died in hospital following the paddleboarding incident on the River Cleddau on Saturday 20 October.

Andrea, from the Bridgend area was part of a group of nine people who got into difficulty on a paddleboarding outing on the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Three other people, Morgan Rogers, 24, from Cefin Coed, Merthyr Tydfil; Nicola Wheatley, 40, from Pontardulais, Swansea and Paul O’Dwyer, 42, from Sandfields, Port Talbot died at the scene.

Andrea, who was taken to Withybush hospital with serious injuries following the incident has also sadly died.

In a statement, Andrea’s family said: “As a family we are distraught by the loss of Andrea, she will be deeply missed. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister, who loved life. We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time.

“As a family we would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy to do so.”

Dyfed Powys Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter as part of their investigation into the incident. She has been released under investigation.

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Children stop drivers from speeding as part of Llanelli 20mph campaign




Speeding drivers have been stopped by children in Llanelli for going over the 20mph limit outside their schools – and asked to explain themselves.

Pupils from Ysgol Penygaer, Ysgol Dewi Sant and Ysgol Y Felin have been taking action to slow down motorists.

A total of 33 drivers were stopped by the schoolchildren (including five for not wearing a seatbelt), supported by the council’s road safety unit and officers from Dyfed-Powys Police , GoSafe, and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The children used a Speed Indicator Device to find out what speed passing motorists were travelling. The device flashes their speed along with a happy face if they are within the limit or a sad face if they are over the limit.

Offending drivers are given the option of speaking to the children to explain why they are speeding or receive a £100 fine and three penalty points.

The initiative is part of a wider education and awareness campaign in the Llanelli North area, which is part of a Welsh Government rollout to reduce the national default speed limit.

Llanelli North, which covers Dafen, some parts of Felinfoel and the Llanerch area, has been chosen as one of eight communities in Wales to trial a reduced national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas and busy pedestrian streets.


Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole, who went along to Ysgol Y Felin, said: “Evidence shows that lower speeds result in fewer collisions and reduces the severity of injuries, and in particular, where 20mph limits are introduced, there is a reduction in the number of casualties.

“It also encourages people to be more active within the neighbourhood, leading to healthier lifestyles, creating a better environment and quality of life.”

Cabinet Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans added: “It is extremely worrying that so many motorists are continuing to speed outside our schools, hopefully this initiative will make people think about the speed they are travelling and the impact it has on local communities and the safety of our children.

“We hope that drivers will adhere to new 20mph speed limit improving safety for all road users, but where they do not, an enforcement strategy has been developed and will be implemented where speeding continues to cause concerns.”

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said: “We’ve already seen the effects current 20mph limits have had in reducing speeds and serious incidents on our roads. I believe this innovative enforcement initiative at the site of one of our 20mph pilots will encourage motorists to drive responsibly, placing the safety of children at the forefront of their minds at all times.”


Other awareness-raising initiatives taking place in the area include a Community Speed Watch where local residents have been recruited by Dyfed-Powys Police and GoSafe to monitor the speeds on local roads using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the police, and the aim is to educate drivers to slow down and stay within the limit.

In a scheme similar to the speed reduction initiative with the schoolchildren, police and GoSafe are also stopping speeding drivers and giving them the option of the fine and points, or receiving a short presentation from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service on the consequences of speeding in the community.

The road safety team is also working with local schools to encourage more active travel. All primary schools in the area are being offered Kerbcraft training which aims to teach children from aged from five to seven how to be safer pedestrians, as well as on-road cycle training for all year 6 pupils.

Sgt Ian Price, from Go Safe – Dyfed-Powys Police Road Harm Reduction Unit, said: “Dyfed-Powys Police, with the support of Go Safe, is working with our road safety partners to help change driver attitudes in recognising a cultural and potential legal change, regarding restricted road status from 30mph to 20mph.

“Historically we have grown up to know that streetlights mean 30, but potential legislative changes in Wales in 2023 will default a restricted road status to 20mph. Too many people are being killed or seriously injured in existing urban areas, in which a reduction in speed limit along with compliance, can only reduce the number of these incidents. We can also make our communities safer places to live by walking and cycling those short journeys.


“Over the next few months, you will see an increased visible presence in the Llanelli North area where engagement, education and enforcement will take place in an effort to change driver behaviour”.

Lead image: Local councillor Cllr Bill Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans and Council Leader Emlyn Dole with pupils from Ysgol Y Felin who are taking action against speeding drivers. (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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