A FORMER Penygroes woman died after being found unresponsive in her garden hot tub.

An inquest into the death of Mandy Pugh, who had recently moved to Porthcawl, heard how her husband Lee Pugh found her body in the water on September 11 at their Moor Lane home in Nottage.

The couple had been using the hot tub when Mr Pugh went into the house to watch TV at around 10pm. A short time later Mr Pugh returned to the hot tub and found Mrs Pugh face down and unresponsive in the water.

Mandy Pugh was declared dead at the scene.

In December 2019, the couple had moved to be nearer their families in Porthcawl and Ammanford.

Mrs Pugh, who had previously run her own hairdressers in Llandybie, was described by her husband as a "bubbly" mother and grandmother who was loved by everyone.

Mr Pugh said: "At the start of the year we moved. We closed our shop we had kept as we wanted to be closed to family.

"She was the life and soul of the party. She knew loads of people and everyone that knew her loved her. She was always happy.

"Her granddaughter was the apple of her eye."

The inquest heard a post-mortem examination was carried out by consultant pathologist Jason Shannon. No provisional cause of death was given due to pending investigations.

Assistant coroner David Regan opened and and adjourned the inquest, setting a provisional date for a conclusion to be held on October 14, 2021.

Mrs Pugh's funeral took place on October 1.