Johanna Powell: Body flown home after Laos river death

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Johanna Powell was on holiday celebrating a friend's 40th birthday

The body of a woman who died in a boat incident in south east Asia is due to be flown back to Britain on Thursday.

BBC Wales picture editor Johanna Powell, 37, died in Laos on 11 April.

Her body is due to be flown from Bangkok in Thailand to Heathrow Airport and will then be returned to her family's home town of Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, where her funeral will be held.

Her brother-in-law, Dean Price, said: "We are just glad to have Jo at home."

Ms Powell, who lived in Cardiff, was on holiday with three friends when the cruise boat they were on capsized on the Mekong River near Pak Beng.

The nine other tourists - six of them British - and three crew members survived the incident.

Her three friends have since returned to the UK.

No funeral date has yet been set, but the family hope to be able to make arrangements soon.