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Mystery surrounds boatmen’s deaths

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indexTHE DEATHS of two west Wales boatmen who drowned in a canal after an all-day drinking session still remains a mystery. There was no explanation as to how the two men entered the icy waters on the evening of January 12 in the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal or how one of the bodies came to be on the towpath, near to the Tudor Arms in Slimbridge. The police said there were no suspicious circumstances and that it was a tragic accident. The bodies were found near Berkeley in the early hours. Verdicts of accidental death were recorded on 53-year-old Nicholas Barry and his friend 69-year-old Terry Humphries at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court this week. Mr Barry, from Cynghordy, Llandovery, lived on his canal barge with his dog. His body was discovered on the towpath a short walk away from the body of Mr Humphries, of Pleasant Valley, Kilgetty, who was in the water. It is believed the two men entered the canal at the same location, but while Mr Barry seemed to have scrambled out, Mr Humphries was carried downstream. Both men were said to have drowned. Giving evidence at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court, Detective Sergeant Alistair Hammett said: “A member of the public rang 999 after finding the dead man and three dogs on the towpath. “Another member of the public reported seeing a second male in the water. He was recovered by a lifeguard before the paramedics arrived. The walking distance between the two men was about 15 minutes.” In a statement, manager of the Tudor Arms said: “Terry and Nick had been drinking all day and they left at around 11.30pm to walk back to their barges.” Fellow boatman Tim Aldridge said: “Terry was drinking and they were both quite merry but they appeared to be in good spirits.” Coroner Katy Skerrett said: “The medical cause of death in both cases is drowning and clearly alcohol was involved. “Whether one or both slipped and fell into the canal or one fell in and the other tried to help or whether they went into the water to get their dogs, we shall never know. I agree this was a tragic accident. “The dogs remained close and although it appears that Mr Barry managed to get out of the water — there were scratches on his hand — he was unable to recover.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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