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Tribute to teenage 'flood' victim

8 September 08 18:57 GMT

The family of a teenager who died after a 4X4 vehicle overturned into a swollen mid Wales river has paid tribute to her.

Louise Valerie Amanda Ferreira, 17, from Thamesmead, south-east London, died after being airlifted to hospital on Friday.

She was travelling with a group who were off-roading for the weekend when the accident happened.

Her mother said she was on holiday to celebrate her "excellent" exam results.

The family's statement, composed by her mother said: "She was so loving towards her family, so funny and would make us all laugh.

"My golden girl. I'll miss her forever, a part of me died with her.

"She always wanted to go so far in life, and never asked for anything in return and always aimed high. She never gave up."

Louise's mum said the teenager's last text message stated she wanted to be a paramedic.

The teenager was taken to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, along with a man and a woman with hypothermia.

The emergency services - along with three helicopters - were called to a remote track north of the Llyn Brianne reservoir, near the Ceredigion border.

Inspector Robert Price, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said flood water from the river had caused the vehicle to "lose its footing".

Another passenger in the vehicle had to walk "some distance in miles" to raise the alarm on Friday afternoon.

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