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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Dog rescue woman who died named
A weir on the River Tryweryn
A police helicopter flew the woman to hospital but she died
A woman who died after trying to save her golden retriever dog from the fast-flowing waters of a weir in north Wales has been named.

The 30-year-old from Bridgwater in Somerset was formally identified as Vanessa Louise Williams as an inquest into her death opened.

Her partner was treated at hospital after they got into difficulties in the River Tryweryn near Bala, Gwynedd on Tuesday.

The inquest has been adjourned.

Ms Williams was found dead by rescuers after she tried to save her pet dog which had been following balls into the water.

At one stage the woman was being pushed under the water by the dog which survived.

She was found to be dead after being flown to Glan Clwyd hospital by helicopter after being pulled from the river by rescuers.

The woman's companion had to be pulled from the water after going to her aid and then he went in again to try to save her.

Desperate attempts were made to try to revive her on the riverbank.

Water is discharged into the river from Llyn Celyn, the giant reservoir near Bala which serves Liverpool.

The couple had two retrievers with them, which are now being looked after.


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