The Cardiff Coroner’s Office has now released the name of the 32-year-old man who died after a large-scale emergency services operation at Penarth Marina on Friday night October 12th.
He was Owain Jones, who played scrum-half for the Cardiff Saracens Rugby Club . He was pulled unconscious from the water by South Wales Fire and Rescue service with Penarth Coastguard also in attendance.
Mr Jones was given emergency resuscitation treatment at the Marina before being rushed to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff where he was later pronounced dead. Mr Jones’s fiance – who had attempted to rescue him – was brought to safety by South Wales Police and was unharmed, but was also taken to hospital.
In a preliminary finding, the coroner’s office said Mr Jones had died owing to a “cardiac arrest after being submerged in water”.
Evidence about the incident is still being gathered and police have appealed for information from any eyewitnesses who may have information about what occurred. In a statement, South Wales Police said “ We would urge anyone who may have seen the couple walking in the vicinity of the Marina at around 10pm [ i.e. 22:00 on Friday October 12 ] to contact us via 101 quoting ref no: 1800389640.”
The full scale rescue operation involved the police, NHS ambulance paramedics, two South Wales Fire and Rescue teams (one of which used the barrage-based fire rescue boat) plus Penarth Coastguard and the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187.
A full inquest is to be held at a later date, probably some time next year.