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New Quay RNLI in dramatic dog rescue

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NEW QUAY RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8.23pm last night (Tuesday 9 October) to rescue a dog that had fallen over a cliff near Llangrannog.

Following reports that a dog had gone over a cliff, and with concerns being raised for its owners, the relief inshore lifeboat John Wickens and the all-weather lifeboat Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge were launched. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was guided to the dog’s location by the New Quay Coastguard Rescue Team, who were already at the scene, with the all-weather lifeboat providing illumination.

However, reaching the dog proved to be challenging. The Coastguard team had sent one of their cliff technicians to assess the situation and decided that evacuation by sea was the only option.

Huw Williams, on his first shout as ILB Helm, said, “The dog was on a small ledge at the base of the cliff. We veered down on the anchor but the large swell made it impossible to approach safely. The only option was to come in from the other side and put one of the crew in the water.”

Crew member Simon Rigby swam over to the rocks and tied a rope around the collar of the grey sheepdog, named Slate, so that he could be hauled to the ILB. Simon commented, “Slate was very pleased to see us and was surprisingly calm after all he’d been through. He was no bother at all.”

Slate was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat where he was dried off and kept warm. Simon added, “He had a couple of biscuits and even had a nice sleep on the way back”. Slate was reunited with his thankful owners, safe and well, at New Quay lifeboat 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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