Inquest opens into death of Llandudno woman who drowned in paddleboard incident

AN INQUEST has opened into the death of a young woman drowned in a paddleboarding incident.

Emma Louise Powell died in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, after being hauled from the River Conwy at Beacon’s Jetty, Conwy, on July 14.

The 24-year-old waitress, of Canol Creuddyn, Llandudno, had been paddleboarding with two friends, who also needed hospital treatment.

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At a brief hearing in Ruthin, David Lewis, assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central, said that Ms Powell had apparently become trapped underwater.

Members of the public, HM Coastguards, Conwy Lifeboat, the Coastguard helicopter, police and ambulance crews were involved in the rescue.

After her death, members of Ms Powell’s family said she had “a happy-go-lucky personality” and described her as “a beautiful young lady who was adventurous and had a free spirit”.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno