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Lifeboat saves fisherman’s life in freezing conditions

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NEW QUAY’S all-weather lifeboat was called to the rescue of a fisherman off the Ceredigion coast on Tuesday (Feb 27), the likes of which may no longer be possible after 2020.

The young crewman was on board the Brixham registered fishing vessel Kingfisher, 8 miles off New Quay, when he suffered a severe asthma attack due to the extremely cold weather, and required urgent medical attention.

After being alerted by Milford Haven Coastguard, New Quay lifeboat was launched at 9am amidst wintry conditions, arriving at the casualty within 30 minutes.

The 23-year old fisherman was transferred to the lifeboat, where first aid was administered, and the lifeboat returned to station by 11:00 a.m. The casualty was then kept warm in the lifeboat station before being transferred by ambulance to New Quay surgery for further treatment.

A member of the lifeboat crew commented: “The coastguard were relaying medical advice from a doctor and stressed the importance of keeping the casualty warm at all times. In this case, helicopter evacuation was not possible due to the cold weather and the casualty’s condition. It was an extremely cold day; it isn’t often that we have to salt the slipway to stop it freezing.”

Huw Williams, spokesperson for the Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign, added: “It is clear that this rescue would not have been possible without an all-weather lifeboat with a warm, enclosed space in which to perform casualty care. On this occasion there was a very successful outcome but would this have been the case after another hour’s wait for a lifeboat to arrive? The RNLI’s proposal to leave Ceredigion without an all-weather lifeboat is gambling with the lives of our fishermen and seafarers.”

In June 2017, the RNLI decided to strip New Quay lifeboat station of its all-weather lifeboat in 2020, replacing it with a smaller and less capable inshore lifeboat. This will leave a gap of 63 miles, and nearly 80 miles of coastline, between the all-weather lifeboat stations in Fishguard and Barmouth. 

To find out more about the campaign to save New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat, visit www.ceredigionlifeboatcampaign.org.uk.

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  1. Andrew Lewis

    March 3, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    It’s a disgrace that the RNLI will allow Mid-Wales sailors to die. I will never give to the RNLI again. A full UK service is essential. Absolute disgrace.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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