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New Quay RNLI in all night multi agency rescue

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New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station was involved in an all-night multi agency rescue with HM Coastguard, Cardigan RNLI and the Dyfed Powys Police searching for a missing person.

On Saturday (Jun 30) at 11.30pm the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat and the D class lifeboat were both launched to the report of a missing person off the beach of Aberporth. The report stated that the paddle boarder had not been seen for three hours and would have probably gone north to Tresaith.

The New Quay RNLI crew began their search and quickly the inshore lifeboat located the paddleboard and the casualty’s possessions on Traeth Bach, a beach near Llangrannog. Crew members spoke to members of the public camping on the beach and they had seen the missing person only a few hours earlier.

With the help of the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from St Athan, Rescue 187 and the New Quay all-weather lifeboat’s searchlights and flares illuminating the area, the crew members were able to locate the casualty on top of the island at Traeth Bach.

Brett Stones, helm of New Quay inshore lifeboat and his colleague Dan MacDonald climbed to the top of the mound,

He said: “It was now very dark and we could not see anything. It was quite dangerous work climbing up but with the help of the helicopter’s and all-weather lifeboat’s search lights we found the casualty.

“We worked with the Coastguard helicopter and the casualty was airlifted to hospital. We then realised that we could also not get down. Two police officers and two members of the public had also climbed up and we were all stuck.

“The rescue helicopter then returned and had to deposit us two by two onto Penbryn beach nearby. We finally returned to the station by 6am and many of us had work that morning so it was a very long day.”

Dan Potter, Coxswain of New Quay RNLI Mersey class all-weather lifeboat added: “We would like to thank everyone involved, our colleagues and the Coastguard and Police. It was a successful rescue and a very long night. Thank you to everyone for their time and effort and strength.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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