Paddleboarder dies and two others rescued from water after get into difficulty

A person has died and two others needed rescuing from the water after a group of paddleboarders got into difficulty in the water in north Wales.

A major rescue operation, involving police, the Coastguard, ambulance crews, an RNLI crew and the Coastguard helicopter, was launched just after 10pm yesterday.

Three people were pulled from the water and two were taken to hospital for treatment, with North Wales Police confirming one person died later in hospital.

The paddleboarder’s identity has not yet been released, North Wales Live reports.

A police spokesman said: “We received a call at 10.14pm last night reporting a group of paddleboarders in difficulty in the water off Conwy Morfa.

“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 coastguard spokeswoman 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.”