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String of incidents for Ceredigion RNLI lifeguards

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image002RNLI lifeguards in Ceredigion have responded to a string of incidents in a busy period for the team.

Among the people rescued by the charity’s lifeguards were a woman and two children from a rip current in big surf at Llangrannog and a woman who had been attacked by a cormorant while swimming at Tresaith.

At Llangrannog last week RNLI Senior Lifeguard Joe Saunders and fellow lifeguard Ben Thomas spotted three people on bodyboards who had been knocked by a big wave and washed to the right of the red and yellow flagged swimming area. As the surf was big there was a strong rip current running at the right hand side of the beach and the three people – a woman, a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy – were soon being swept out of their depth.

The waves were at least head-height by this time and the woman and two children were about 40-50m out. Due to the size of the waves, lifeguards Joe and Ben took the decision to swim out to the group with rescue tubes. Negotiating the big breaking surf, they reached the casualties and strapped the two children, who were in most difficulty, into the two rescue tubes.

As big sets of waves broke in front of them, Joe and Ben held the children while swimming them back into shore. The adult woman was able to swim behind. The rip current was too strong to swim against, so Joe took the decision to return the three people to the neighbouring beach of Cilborth where they were checked over but luckily needed no further treatment.

The rescue came days after lifeguards responded to a man who sustained nasty cuts after his mobility scooter fell on him after a crash on the coast path. The incident happened near the statue on the coast path to the left above Llangrannog beach and after being alerted by a member of the public RNLI lifeguard Morgan Davies went to the man’s aid.

The man – in his 60s – had lost control of his scooter and fallen, with his scooter falling on top of him. Morgan treated a nasty cut to the man’s had and other cuts to his arms, before handing him over into the care of ambulance paramedics.

At Tresaith, the charity’s lifeguards responded to two first aid incidents on the same day, including a swimmer whose foot was cut after a cormorant attacked her in the sea. The woman, an experienced swimmer in her 30s, was spotted by lifeguards when she was spooked by the bird popping up next to her in the water. Soon after she appeared complaining it had attacked her feet, which were cut in multiple places. Lifeguards Rhodri Evans and Alfie Bodenham treated the wounds and advised the swimmer to seek medical advice.

Earlier in the day the lifeguards also provided first aid to a woman in her 70s who was pulled over by her dog in the car park in Tresaith. Lifeguards immediately went to help the woman and carried out checks, which found she had a high breathing rate and she was complaining of pain to her ribs. Due to the woman’s high breathing rate, lifeguard Rhodri Evans called for an ambulance and administered oxygen. He then monitored the woman’s condition until paramedics arrived to take over her treatment.

Ceredigion Lifeguard Supervisor Sam Trevor said: ‘It has been a busy period on the beaches of Ceredigion. Our lifeguards are trained in a wide range of scenarios and the incidents they’ve responded to recently show the importance of this.

‘A special mention must go to Ben Thomas and Joe Saunders for their water rescue at Llangrannog. In very challenging conditions they made a series of good decisions quickly to avert what could have quite quickly turned into a serious situation and they brought the woman and children to safety.’

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Police say ‘we care’ during National Safeguarding Week

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is saying ‘we care’ during National Safeguarding Week (Nov 13-17) by highlighting the work it does day in day out to protect vulnerable children and adults.

Police officers and staff have teamed up with partner agencies to raise awareness of issues that affect vulnerable people in communities on behalf of the Regional Safeguarding Board for Children and Adults.

There will be themed days throughout the week where information will be provided to people in need of support or those who can help to protect people at risk of harm. Officers will also be promoting support services available to people such as Llamau missing persons debrief workers who liaise with children are have been missing and at risk of CSE, Independent Domestic Violence Officers (IDVA) officers who support those at high risk of domestic abuse Goleudy, an independent commissioned service for victims and witnesses of crime.

A Crucial Crew event will also be running in Pembrokeshire Monday to Friday, where police will give an input on cyber safety to all primary school children attending. There will also be focussed delivery of key topics in schools throughout the force area on topics including Child Sexual Exploitation, consent, grooming and safer relationships as well as a specific focus on bullying in schools where pupils get to discuss the difference between ‘banter’ and ‘bullying’ and look at the effect of bullying on children.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said: “Dyfed-Powys Police has dedicated teams who work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable including children, the elderly, people suffering domestic abuse and people with mental health issues. We care about our communities and we care about doing the best possible job we can to ensure we effectively look after those who are vulnerable. National Safeguarding Week is a perfect opportunity to strengthen our relationships with partners and to ensure the information people need to stay safe gets out there to the communities we serve.”

Detective Superintendent Anthony Griffiths said: “Safeguarding the vulnerable within our community is a priority for Dyfed-Powys Police. This week officers will be engaging with mental health teams, residential care providers, schools and the community to ensure that safeguarding is at the forefront of people’s minds and that everyone knows where support can be accessed.”

Themed activities for the week are as follows:

Monday – Child Sexual Exploitation
Officers and PCSOs will be out and about highlighting the signs of child sexual exploitation, particularly at hotels and guest houses where vulnerable children could be taken to be exploited. Officers and Llamau workers will also be visiting children highlighted as at risk of child sexual exploitation to ensure they are safe and understand the dangers of putting themselves at risk or going missing. They will also visit schools to ensure the messages get to the right people.

Tuesday – Modern Day Slavery
Raising awareness of the signs of modern day slavery within the police service to ensure officers recognise the signs and understand how to investigate effectively. Officers will also be on patrol distributing leaflets on the signs of modern day slavery.

Wednesday – Mental Health and Resilience
Officers and PCSOs will be visiting Mental Health Units promoting the services we provide that could be of benefit to people with mental health conditions, including how to report hate crime, encouraging people to talk about mental health, and raise awareness of the partnership safeguarding approach in place to protect vulnerable people. They will also be holding information roadshows in town centres and other locations.

Thursday – Cyber Security
Work will be carried out to raise awareness amongst the vulnerable of the potential harm of cybercrime and how they can become cyber secure. In Ceredigion, online safety information will be given at Coleg Ceredigion in the morning and Tesco in the afternoon. A Safeguarding conference will be held at Pembrokeshire College, bringing together professionals to find out more about cyberbullying, cyber fraud and exploitation.

Friday – Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse officers will be linking in with domestic abuse support services to offer advice on police responsibilities in domestic abuse cases and to encourage future reporting of cases and visit domestic abuse sufferers to ensure they are aware of the support available to them.

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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