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09th Nov 2021

Tributes paid after mum of three dies in paddleboarding accident

Ellen Fitzpatrick


Tributes have been rolling in for a mum of four that was sadly killed in a paddleboarding accident last week.

The “loving” mother was paddleboarding in the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Wales on October 30th when tragedy struck.

Tributes have now poured in for Andrea Powell, 41, who is from the Bridgend area who sadly lost her life, along with three others.

24 year old Morgan Rogers, 40 year old Nicola Wheatly and 42 year old Paul O’Dwyer were also sadly killed in the incident, with five others being pulled from the water by emergency services but survived with no injuries.

Family and friends have said that Andrea was someone who “loved life” and will now be “deeply missed.”

In a tribute released by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police on Monday, the family of Ms Powell 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.”

Police added that Andrea was taken to hospital following the incident but did not survive.

Those that attended the trip were from the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, a club based in Port Talbot, Wales.

Speaking about the death of fellow paddleboarder Paul, Vickie Mckinven said that the father of three and a former soldier passed away while trying to rescue other paddleboarders who found themselves in difficulty in the water.

Hundreds gathered in Port Talbot in memory of the late soldier on Saturday last.