‘Beautiful’ woman with ‘kind soul’, 24, killed in tragic paddleboarding accident

A woman who tragically died in a paddleboarding accident in Wales has been described as a "beautiful, kind and loving soul" by her family.

Morgan Rogers, 24, from Merthyr Tydfil, was part of a group of nine people on a weekend exploring the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, west Wales. on October 30.

The group were from the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, an organisation based in Port Talbot.

Rogers, who worked as a deputy store manager at a supermarket, and two others, a man and a woman, died in the incident while another woman was critically injured.

A further five people were pulled out of the river by the emergency services but had no injuries.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

Miss Rogers' family told PA: "Morgan was a beautiful, kind and loving soul, beloved by all who have been touched by her warm smile and her caring personality.

"Morgan was never happier than when she was in the outdoors doing what she loved and spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all those she has known along the way. Morgan will always be in our hearts and our memories. We will miss her dearly."

Reports have said former soldier and father-of-three Paul O'Dwyer also died in the accident on Saturday.

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One of those on the trip, Vickie Mckinven from Milford Haven, said Mr O'Dwyer died attempting to rescue two fellow paddleboarders who had got into difficulty near the weir.

Ms Mckinven said she had pulled out of the morning paddle because she was concerned about the weather conditions.

In a statement read outside Haverfordwest Police Station, Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Rees of Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Dyfed-Powys Police received reports of persons in distress to Cleddau river in Haverfordwest shortly after 9am on Saturday October 30.

"A group of nine adults from the South Wales area had travelled to Pembrokeshire for a paddleboarding excursion yet had got into difficulties at the weir adjacent to Quay Street.

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"A significant operation, a rescue operation, was commenced involving resources from Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Wales Ambulance Service Trust, Dyfed-Powys Police, the coastguard and the RNLI.

"Search activity was assisted by helicopters. The exact circumstances of the incident are being thoroughly investigated.

"At this stage, my thoughts and the thoughts of my colleagues are with the family of those who lost loved ones, and of the injured person who remains in hospital.

"Paddleboarding is a growing leisure pursuit and we would encourage those engaging in the activity to ensure they understand the weather conditions and water conditions at a particular location where they may be enjoying that sport."

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