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Both New Quay RNLI lifeboats tasked to boat on rocks

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ON WEDNESDAY, July 4 at 2.15pm, New Quay’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard following reports of a boat aground on rocks, south of Aberaeron.

The 16ft vessel, with two persons on-board, had suffered engine failure while fishing and had been blown onto rocks in the fresh northerly breeze.

Two lifeboats were tasked with aiding a vessel

The inshore lifeboat was the first to arrive on scene and a crew member went aboard the grounded vessel to assess the situation.

Pete Yates, helm of the inshore lifeboat said: “After confirming that the occupants were unhurt and having assessed the condition of the vessel, we were able to re-float the boat before towing it into deeper water.

“Due to concerns over possible damage to the hull, we passed the tow to the all-weather lifeboat in case the salvage pump was required.”

The boat was taken in tow to New Quay harbour and secured on a mooring, with both lifeboats rehoused and ready for service by 5.30pm.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added: “It is a good time to remind seafarers of the precautions and equipment needed when taking to the water. Remember to wear life-jackets and to carry a good anchor and a VHF radio in case you need to call for help.”

An RNLI crew member boarded the grounded vessel.

The vessel was towed safely to Newquay harbour

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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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