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Family devastated by death of dog walker Wendy Hackett on Cefn Sidan beach

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Susan Wendy Hackett who died at Cefn Sidan beach.

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THE brother of a woman who died at Cefn Sidan beach on Sunday has said her death has left the family devastated.

Brian Marsh said his sister, Susan Wendy Hackett, aged 68, loved walking her dogs on the beaches here and it was tragic that she died while out with them at the beauty spot.

Mrs Hackett, from Cynwyl Elfed, is understood to have been walking eight dogs with her daughter Emma, aged 40, when she was swept off her feet by the rising tide.

The former bank worker, who moved here from Hertfordshire more than 10 years ago, was rescued and taken to Swansea's Morriston Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Her daughter was taken to Carmarthen's Glangwili Hospital and later released.

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Mr Marsh said: "Susan was fit and active and she and her daughter Emma were devoted to their dogs. "They both did work, on an ad hoc basis, for The Dogs Trust, and they loved getting out in the country with them.

"Emma, and Susan's partner are both devastated. All their plans for the future are over, just like that.

"I understand they became surrounded by the water, which at first came half way up their Wellingtons, and then, five minutes later was waist height. It is a terrible thing to happen."

A police spokeswoman said: "Police can confirm that the lady who tragically died is Susan Wendy Hackett, aged 68, from the Cynwyl Elfed area of Carmarthen.

"The two ladies were walking eight dogs, three are safe and well and five are still missing."

Following the incident — and two other rescues off the South Wales coast at the weekend — Swansea coastguard issued a safety warning, urging the public to check tide times before setting out.

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