Pictured: Eager paddleboarder who dies on turbulent Welsh river after floods

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Three people have died and one is in critical condition in hospital after a group of paddleboarders got into trouble at a river in Wales, police have confirmed.

A man and two women died at the scene while another woman is still being treated at Withybush Hospital, Dyfed-Powys police said.

Paul O’Dwyer, from Port Talbot, South Wales, has now been identified as one of the victims who died in the freak accident.

His employer Salty Dog Co – a surf-style clothing and paddleboard company – paid tribute to him in a post on social media. They wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our salty dog ​​Paul.

“A nice person taken too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family. You will be missed a lot. ”

Five people rescued from the water were not injured.

Emergency services came down on the Cleddau River in Haverfordwest on Saturday to take part in a river rescue with several agencies to search for people in the river.

Heavy rain had meant the river was in flood and had become turbulent.

Those involved are said to have been part of the South Wales Paddle Boarders and Salty Dog Co, an organization based in Port Talbot.

The group of nine people were from different areas across South Wales and were on an annual trip where they spent the weekend exploring the river.

On Sunday morning, the company posted a tribute to Mr O’Dwyer on Twitter, saying: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our salty dog ​​Paul.

“A nice person taken too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your friends and family. You will be missed a lot. ”

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