Tributes to 'happy go lucky' paddleboarder, 24, who died after getting into difficulty at beach with two pals | The Sun

A WOMAN has been described as "like no other" by her heartbroken family following her death in a paddleboarding accident.

Emma Louise Powell, 24, was paddleboarding with two pals at a North Wales beauty spot last night when they got into difficulties on the water.

A major rescue operation was launched by emergency services and the three were pulled from the water at Conwy Morfa beach.

But tragically Emma, from Llandudno, died at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, in the early hours of this morning.

Her devastated family have now hailed her as a "happy go lucky" woman as they thanked friends and loved ones for their messages of support in an emotional post.

They are now raising money to go towards Emma's funeral – with more than £1,200 already donated.

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Writing on the GoFundMe page, her family said: "Emma was like no other, everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with her had no choice but to love her.

"She was a huge happy go lucky personality.

"She was such a vibrant soul with a huge heart, but could also be a
stroppy cow when she wanted to be, but that’s just our Emma.

"We are creating this GoFundMe in hopes that Emma’s loved family and friends will help give Emma the big send off she deserves.

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"With no plans set ahead yet, what we do know is that Emma is going to have the greatest send off that we possibly can do for her, in Emma’s words “Go Big or Go Home”

Emergency service said an "extensive search and rescue" mission was carried out to help the trio.

A North Wales 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.

"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 spokesman for the coastguard added: "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."

It comes after police launched an investigation into the death of a teen who drowned in a lake in east London.

The body of Nicolae Topa, from Chigwell, Essex, was recovered from the water in Fairlop Waters country park in Ilford after he "willingly" jumped in for a swim on July 5.

Authorities are treating his death as "unexpected".

Meanwhile, Brits have been warned not to travel and to work from home while the nation's extreme heat alert is in place.

The Met Office issued a red "danger to life" weather warning today ahead of a three-day scorcher this weekend.

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Its forecasters expect temperatures to climb to the mid-30s across much of England over the coming days.

The surge in temperature is set to see a huge rise in people visiting coastal areas, lakes and rivers – with authorities warning it could lead to an increased risk of water safety incidents.

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