South East Wales

Johanna Powell's Laos boat death inquest adjourned

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Image caption Johanna Powell was on holiday in Laos with three friends

A coroner's hearing into the death of a British woman on holiday in south-east Asia has been opened and adjourned.

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

No details were given about Ms Powell's death, except that she was involved in a boating accident.

The inquest was opened on Tuesday at Aberdare Coroner's Court and a pre-inquest review will be held in August.

Ms Powell 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 home.

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