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Teenage boy falls 30ft down cliff

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Rescue helicopter: Involved in the incident

RNLI LIFEGUARDS were involved in a multi-agency emergency response after a teenage boy slipped down a cliff at a Ceredigion beach.

The charity’s lifeguards on Tresaith beach responded to neighbouring Penbryn beach after hearing a call to the UK Coastguard over their radio at about 1pm on Wednesday (Jun 28).

The alarm had been raised by a member of the public after a teenage boy slipped around 30ft down a cliff and sustained injuries.

He was one of three teenagers – two boys and a girl – who had climbed up the cliff in wet conditions. The others two youngsters were stuck around 30ft up and were also in need of assistance.

RNLI lifeguards Phil Blackwood and Daf Nicholls carried first aid equipment over from Tresaith and were the first emergency responders on the scene.

They found the boy, who had a suspected fractured elbow, a swollen leg and grazes from his fall, at the top of the beach. After calling for ambulance and other support, Daf carried out initial condition assessments, treated his grazes and administered oxygen while Phil updated the Coastguard on the situation with the other two teenagers stuck on the cliff.

The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the scene and local Coastguard Search and Rescue Team members and police also arrived.

A short time later the helicopter arrived and winched the other boy and girl from the cliff one by one and returned them to the safety of the beach.

Meanwhile lifeguards, Coastguard Rescue Team members and police made the injured boy comfortable and monitored his condition until the paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

Sam Bailey, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said:  “We were glad to be able to assist the injured boy and we wish him full and speedy recovery.

“We conduct regular joint training with our emergency service partners and that comes into its own during multi-agency responses such as this.”

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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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