Three Drown in UK Paddleboarding Accident

Paddleboards at the scene. Photo: KSW SUP & KITE/Facebook

An outdoor weekend on the river has ended tragically in Haverfordwest, Wales.

Two women and one man drowned yesterday and another woman is in critical condition after paddleboarding the swollen Cleddau River. They belonged to a nine-member organized group that included two instructors. The remaining five paddleboarders escaped unharmed.

Emergency services heard about problems on the river at Haverfordwest shortly after 9 am on Saturday. A multi-agency (police, fire, coastguard, and ambulance) operation began immediately, according to local police.

Police officers retrieve paddleboards at the scene of the accident. Photo: Martin Cavaney/Pembrokeshire Herald

The circumstances are still unclear. Local councilor Thomas Tudor told the BBC that the paddleboarders were apparently caught in an “out-of-the-blue downpour”.

Weather conditions were far from optimal, with a yellow warning for heavy rain, as well as flood alerts on rivers in the area.
Paddleboarding is popular in southern Wales, with dozens of companies offering excursions on several rivers, canals, the Cleddau River estuary, and the coast.

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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