Briton missing after boat accident

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Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Fears are growing for the safety of a British woman missing in south east Asia following a boat accident at the weekend.

Johanna Powell has not been seen since Saturday after a wooden cruise boat she was aboard suddenly sank on the Mekong River in Laos.

Workmates of the 37-year-old from Cardiff, who is a picture editor for BBC Wales, are becoming increasingly worried.

A spokeswoman for BBC Wales said: “We are very concerned about our missing colleague and are in contact with the family to offer any support we can.”

It has been reported Ms Powell was aboard a wooden cruise ship with three friends when the vessel hit a rock on a stretch of rapids.

A 20km search of the Mekong – which is the 12th longest river in the world – has been launched, but no trace of Ms Powell has yet to be found.

The Foreign Office said it was “liaising closely” with local authorities as well as providing “consular assistance” to Ms Powell’s relatives.

A spokesman added: “We can confirm that a British national has been reported missing following a cruise boat incident on the Mekong river near Pak Beng, Laos.”

Published: Monday 13th April 2015 by The News Editor

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