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New Quay and Aberystwyth lifeboats in multi-agency rescue

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On Tuesday 20 August both New Quay RNLI’s lifeboats were launched to assist Aberystwyth RNLI’s lifeboat, Coastguard rescue teams from New Quay and Aberystwyth and a Coastguard helicopter in rescuing three people.

New Quay’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge and the D-class inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ launched at 6.40pm on Tuesday evening to assist in the rescue of three people cut off by the tide near Morfa Bychan, between Aberystwyth and Llanrhystud.

Once on scene the New Quay crew liaised with their colleagues from Aberystwyth and established that there were three persons trapped on a precarious ledge. One of the Aberystwyth crew had swum ashore to assess the casualties and, due to the difficult location and weather conditions, decided that helicopter extraction was required.

 

Peter Yates, helm of New Quay’s inshore lifeboat said, “After an uncomfortable trip up the coast in difficult weather conditions, we spoke to the Aberystwyth helm who confirmed that a helicopter was on the way but we agreed that the D-class should go in and test whether we could hold an anchor and veer in if needed. I quickly briefed the crew and, with some manoeuvring and timing the wave sets, I was able to get alongside.

“Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 arrived from Caernarfon and was able to winch the three casualties to safety, leaving the Aberystwyth crew member on the ledge. With teamwork and timing a gap, we veered the boat against the ledge and indicated to him to jump on board.

“Overall it was a tough shout but made easier by great teamwork and task understanding on both boats.”

With the casualties safely ashore, the all-weather lifeboat escorted the inshore lifeboat back to New Quay, with the D-Class sheltering in the wake of the bigger lifeboat in demanding weather conditions. Both lifeboats were rehoused and ready for service by 9.30pm.

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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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