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RNLI and helicopter in dramatic rescue

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BOTH LIFEBOATS from Cardigan RNLI lifeboat station were called out on Tuesday night (Apr 5) after a report was received of a couple who had become cutoff by the tide on rocks just north of Tresaith beach.

The station’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross and D-Class Elsie Ida Mead were launched at 6.30pm and the volunteer crews were quickly on scene to help the couple who had attempted to climb over the rocks to try and make their way to safety.

Volunteer crew members from both lifeboats were put onto the rocks and the couple were given life jackets to wear to ensure their safety.

Shortly after this, the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 from RAF St Athan also arrived on scene and one of their crew was landed onto the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to help give medical assistance to the couple, who had now been transferred into the Albatross.

The lifeboat then made its way to Aberporth beach were the Coastguard helicopter had landed and an ambulance crew was waiting to assess the medical condition of the couple.

New Quay and Gwbert Coastguard Rescue teams were also involved in the rescue.

The volunteer lifeboat crew from both lifeboats then returned to station at 8.00pm.

Cliff Griffiths, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cardigan RNLI, said: ‘We would advise anyone walking on the coast to always check the tide times before venturing out and plan your trip accordingly.

‘Seeking advice on safe places to walk is also a good idea and make sure you inform friends or family when to expect you home. Also walkers should always take a mobile phone or other means of communication with them and dial 999 to ask for the Coastguard if they need help.’

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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