Girl, 15, who died in river after desperate search ‘always happy’ say pals

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A teenage girl who tragically died after she got into difficulty in a river has been named as Nicola Williams.

The schoolgirl was swept away by the fast-flowing water of the River Rhymney on Friday, August 21.

Nicola is understood to have attended St Illtyd's Catholic High School in Cardiff, and her friends and loved ones have been left devastated by the tragedy, WalesOnline reports.

Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for Nicola following the tragedy, with one describing her as "always happy" and someone who "always did anything for anyone".

She added: "School's never going to be the same without you."

Another girl said: "Miss you so much my angel. Rest in paradise my gorgeous girl."

South Wales Police said they were called at 5.20pm to the river in Ball Lane, Llanrumney, and attended with other emergency services and the police helicopter.

A statement from South Wales Police on Saturday afternoon said: "South Wales Police can now confirm the name of the 15-year-old girl who died yesterday evening in Llanrumney as Nicola Williams of Trowbridge, Cardiff.

"Her death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Her family have requested privacy at this sad time."

A huge fleet of emergency services rushed to the river bank in Llanrumney after the alarm was raised, including police, coastguard, paramedics and firefighters.

Search boats and a helicopter were also deployed and Nicola was pulled from the water around an hour later.

South Wales Police confirmed they found Nicola but were unable to revive her. In a statement on Friday night, they said: "We were called at 5.20pm to a report of a girl in the river in Ball Lane, Llanrumney.

"We attended with a number of other emergency services and the police helicopter.

"At about 6.40pm a 15-year-old girl was located and despite the best efforts of emergency services she sadly passed away."

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