Teen victim had a heart of gold’

PUBLISHED: 16:43 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:19 25 August 2010

A TEENAGER who was a tragic victim of flash floods last weekend was described by friends as having a 'heart of gold'.

A TEENAGER who was a tragic victim of flash floods last weekend was described by friends as having a "heart of gold".

Louise Ferreira, 17, from Thamesmead, had her young life cut short last Friday after the 4X4 car she was travelling in, overturned in a swollen river caused by heavy downpours in a remote part of mid Wales.

The Bexley Business Academy student, was travelling with her best friend and a man, to celebrate her 'excellent' exam results.

The man walked several miles to a farm to raise the alarm at approximately 5.45pm before three helicopters were sent to rescue them on the forestry roads above the Llyn Briane Reservoir, Powys.

The trio, who were all suffering from hypothermia were airlifted to Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, but Miss Ferreira died shortly after arriving.

Her mother, Valerie, said she was her 'golden girl'.

She said: "I'll miss her forever, a part of me died with her

"She was so loving towards her family, so funny and would make us all laugh.

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

In a cruel twist of fate, the last contact she had with her daughter was a text message telling her she wanted to be a paramedic, hours before she was to be rescued by them herself.

Her friend Naushin Shariff, 17, from Belvedere said she couldn't stop crying when she found out the tragic news on Monday.

The Townley Grammar School student said: "We were really close. She was in our lunch group and we would meet every day.

"She was a really bubbly person and a very popular student. She knew everyone at school. We always joked with each other.

"She was a fantastic person with a heart of gold who didn't deserve to die.

"She was always a careful and smart individual - she didn't deserve any of this, and neither does her family."

Friend Michael Olatunde-Kehinde, 17, from Thamesmead, said: "She was a special and loving girl who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"She was lovely to be around and cheered me up even when she was quiet. All she had to do was smile.

"I'm going to miss her so much."

An inquest was opened and adjourned on Tuesday by Peter Brunton, coroner for Ceredigion.

A funeral for the popular teenager is due to take place at 2pm on Thursday, September 18, at Eltham Crematorium.

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