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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Steve Bagnall & Ellie Kemp

One person dead after paddleboarders get into trouble off north Wales coast

A person has died after paddleboarders got into difficulty in the water off Conwy Morfa on Thursday night (July 14). Three were rescued from the water while two were taken to hospital for treatment after a major rescue operation was launched.

Police, the Coastguard, ambulance crews, an RNLI crew and the Coastguard helicopter were involved. But on Friday (July 15) North Wales Police have confirmed sadly, one of the paddleboarders has died.

There are no further details currently on the person's identity. A police spokesman said: "We received a call at 10.14pm last night (Thursday) reporting a group of paddleboarders in difficulty in the water off Conwy Morfa.

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"Officers attended alongside colleagues from HM Coastguard and Welsh Ambulance, who attended to three casualties. Two of the casualties were taken by ambulance to Ysbyty Gwynedd but sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, one person passed away in hospital.

"The local coroner has been informed, and specialist officers will be supporting the family of the deceased."

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said: "An extensive search and rescue was carried out after three people got into difficulty at Beacons Jetty, Conwy last night.

"Coastguard rescue teams from Bangor and Llandudno were sent, along with Conwy RNLI lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon, the Welsh Ambulance Service and North Wales Police. Three people were rescued from the water and handed into the care of the medical teams on site."

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said last night: "We received a call to the Conwy Morfa Car Park at 10.25pm, We responded with four Emergency Ambulances, and two Rapid Response vehicles, along with coastguard in assistance and the Coastguards Rescue 936 helicopter. We conveyed two patients to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor."

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