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Bank Holiday beach safety message

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shutterstock_317546213FOLLOWING the number of tragic water related incidents across the country this summer, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is sending their deepest condolences to those effected, and would like to take this time to advise the public on how to use the sea safely.

Deputy Head of Community Safety, Steve Davies, said: “We cannot stress enough just how dangerous the sea can be, and how your life could change in a second.”

To avoid a potentially life threatening experience this Bank Holiday Weekend:

  • Where possible, only swim at a beach patrolled by lifeguards. Please refer to the RNLI’s list of lifeguard patrolled beaches here – http://rnli.org/aboutus/lifeguardsandbeaches/Pages/Lifeguarded-beaches.aspx
  • Before and upon arrival at the beach, look for safety information and follow it. Take note of which flags are up and what that means to you as a beach goer. Please see ROSPA’s beach flag information here – http://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/beach-flags/
  • Never swim alone
  • If you find yourself in trouble at the beach, try to remain calm – stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone in trouble alert a lifeguard immediately and phone 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard
  • Always supervise children
  • Do not use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas. Even a slight breeze could be stronger than you think at sea and could take you out to sea
  • Never swim after drinking alcohol or taking drugs
  • Even if it is a warm day and you are a good swimmer, you could still find yourself with cold water shock
  • Beneath the surface you cannot see what is happening with rip currents, nor can you predict current, tide and wave activity. Don’t let it be too late – educate yourself beforehand and pay heed to all safety warnings at the beach.

“We want you to enjoy the wonderful beaches that the Welsh coastline has to offer safely and incident free this weekend,” Mr Davies concluded.

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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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