18 Sep 2019

The man who tragically died in the collision on the Cleddau waterway between Lawrenny and Neyland on Tuesday morning, 17th September 2019, has been named as 35-year-old Joshua Gardener from Milford Haven.

Mr Gardener was a serving firefighter with the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Superintendent Ross Evans, Pembrokeshire Divisional Commander, said “Specialist officers are continuing to support the family at this very difficult time and our thoughts remain with them and with his colleagues at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

“We are working alongside the Marine Accident Investigation Board to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted in order to establish the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death."

Dyfed-Powys Police attended the scene following reports of a collision involving two fire brigade vessels during a training exercise on the waterway at around 11:30am on Tuesday morning, 17 September 2019. One other firefighter suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is continuing.

Anyone who was in the Cleddau waterway area, between Lawrenny and Neyland, sometime between 10.30am and 12midday on Tuesday 17 September, and has any information that could help the investigation, is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20190917-101.