Aryan Ghoniya – Tragic river drowning

Sadly Aryan, a Year 8 pupil at Radyr Comprehensive, drowned in the River Taff this week while playing with his friends.

A representative of his family gave this statement:

“The family is devastated by the tragic loss of Aryan but we are touched by the way the community, including the Police and Emergency services have been trying to support us.

Aryan was our “Little Professor”, brilliant at Maths, an all rounder academically with a loving warm personality.

There will never be a day when we will not miss him. He will be in our hearts for ever.”

With help from many quarters, Windsor Gardens is now flying the Welsh and Indian flag at half-mast as a mark of respect and one of the trees has become a focus for tributes.

The family have taken comfort from the wave of love and sympathy shown them by the community and want to let you all know, it has helped them keep going through this harrowing period of time.


Rev’d Steve Wilson, Ministry area lead for the Garth Ministry Area which covers Radyr and Morganstown said:

“Our church family are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of 13 year old Aryan and extend our sincere condolences to Aryan’s family and friends, as well as to staff and pupils at Radyr Comprehensive School and Danescourt Primary school. We will be remembering Aryan in our prayers at services over the weekend.

Both Christ Church, on Heol Isaf in Radyr, and St John’s Church, on Rachel Close in Danescourt, will be open for private prayer from approximately 09.00 until 16.00 on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June and anyone is welcome to use the church during that time for quiet reflection or prayer.”

The Ministry Team can be contacted on 07791 097 435 (Rev’d Steve Willson) or 07734 248 869 (Rev’d Belinda Huxtable).

The message from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service around river safety remains: