South West Wales

Dog walker drowned in fast-moving Cefn Sidan tide

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Media captionSusan Hackett was separated from her daughter after being cut off by the tide

A woman on a Mothering Sunday walk on a Carmarthenshire beach drowned after being cut off by a fast-moving tide, an inquest has heard.

Susan Wendy Hackett, 68, was with her daughter Emma and eight dogs on Cefn Sidan beach on 30 March.

Mrs Hackett's daughter tried to ring 999 on her mobile phone but could not because her hands were too wet.

Coroner Mark Layton recorded a verdict of death by misadventure at the hearing in Llanelli.

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Image caption The tide at Cefn Sidan is known to come in very quickly

The inquest was told the mother and daughter had been walking for an hour-and-a-half when they realised they were becoming stranded on a sandbank by a fast incoming tide.

The two women walked the route most weekends, the hearing was told.


Minutes after realising the danger, the pair were in waist high sea water and the two lost contact with each other.

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Mrs Hackett, from Cynwyl Elfed in Carmarthenshire, was rescued by helicopter and taken to Swansea's Morriston Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Mr Layton, coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, said that the tides at Cefn Sidan, near Burry Port, were fast moving and dangerous.

He added it was important for those who visit the area to make sure they were doing so at a safe time.

At the time of the incident, Dyfed-Powys Police said three of the dogs were safe but five were unaccounted for.

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