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Busy Bank Holiday for Aberystwyth RNLI

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Glengower Raft Race: With assistance from Arancia

IT WAS a busy Bank Holiday Weekend for Aberystwyth RNLI.

The weekend started on Friday evening (May 26) when four of the crew had just started the Aberystwyth CycleFest Town and Gown cycle race around the streets of Aberystwyth in old and damaged drysuits and sweltering heat. Whilst the race was ongoing the rest of the crew were paged to reports of a large inflatable being blown out to sea.

The rest of the crew quickly launched the Arancia inshore rescue boat which was on scene off North beach in view of the cyclefest crowds where they located the huge inflatable unicorn with no people on board.

A quick search of the area identified no people in distress in the water, so the unicorn was returned to shore and eventually reunited with its owners where sea safety advice on using inflatables with an offshore wind and magical animal care was discussed.

Shortly after the Arancia returned to station the cyclists finished their race and were glad to get some refreshments.

On Sunday (May 28) as both lifeboats were getting ready to launch to support the annual Glengower Charity raft race the pagers went off again and the crew were informed that a person was missing.

The Atlantic 85 ‘Spirit of Friendship’ was launched with 4 crew to go and search between Aberystwyth and Clarach, they were also joined by Borth Lifeboat who started searching the coast from Borth southwards and the Aberystwyth Coastguard rescue team.

The Arancia continued to support the raft race until it was finished, at which point it too joined the search along the cliffs between Aberystwyth and Borth.

With nothing found all search teams were stood down and returned to station.

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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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