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Dale: Tragic Paddy Dear, 16, was popular, very friendly and caring young man

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paddyA SCHOOLBOY who went missing on a geography field trip has been found dead by coastguard teams at the bottom of a Pembrokeshire cliff.
Shocked friends and schoolmates have paid tribute to Paddy Dear, 16, after his body was found near Dale in the early hours of Friday morning (Mar 18).
Rescue services made the tragic discovery after searching cliffs at the Dale Fort study centre, which is visited by thousands of school pupils every year.
Paddy was a pupil and ‘keen sportsman’ at Campion School, a top Catholic science academy in Hornchurch, Essex.
The headteacher of the school, Mr Keith Williams, sent a letter to parents informing them of the news.
The letter reads: “I am emailing to inform you of the tragic death of one of our Year 12 students, Paddy Dear who was on the Geography field trip to West Wales.
“Your son/daughter has been told of his death at assembly this morning following confirmation provided by the police.
“As you can imagine, this has had a devastating effect upon the school community.”
In a separate statement, he added: “Paddy was a wonderful young man who was fully involved in the life of the school.
“As a keen sportsman, he was very proud of representing the school in a range of sports but most notably rugby.
“He was a popular, very friendly and caring young man who had the whole world ahead of him.
“Nobody had a bad word to say about him and he never had a bad word for anyone else.
“His team members remember him as a talented; all round sportsman, loved by all who got to know him, fantastic company and the life and soul of any party.
“He was a typical Campion student who gave everything he could to the school community.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends who have been devastated by this news.
“The school is offering support to his friends through counselling and guidance from staff and priests who are with us today.”
coastguardA spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “A body was found at Dale Point in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, at 1am following an extensive search. Family members have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”
Later the police told The Herald: “We can confirm that the teenager who was tragically found dead in Dale was 16 year old Patrick “Paddy” Dear from Essex.
“Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and would appeal for anyone who was in the Dale area late yesterday evening, and may have information which could help the investigation, to contact Haverfordwest Police on 101.”
Dyfed-Powys Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time or may have information which could help them to call 101.

A member of the coastguard team involved in the search told The Herald that the find was: “Sad and tragic news”.

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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head

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ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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