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Lifeboats take part in multi-agency search for people cut off by the tide

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IT was the sixth launch for New Quay RNLI in one week. On Friday, 29 January New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat launched on service at 8pm to assist Dyfed Powys Police, local Coastguard units and Aberystwyth Lifeboat to search south of Aberystwyth for two people cut off by the tide.

Aberystwyth RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was quickly launched into the harbour but with a very large swell running at the harbour mouth the helm had to use all his skill to get the lifeboat and his crew safely out to sea. The casualties had provided their location to the Coastguard using the What 3 Words app to help pinpoint their location.

With police officers nearby pointing torches in the direction of the casualties, the lifeboat was quickly able to ascertain the casualties were safely on a ledge approximately 20ft above the sea.

With a very low mist, the decision had been taken by the local coastguard to attempt a cliff rescue from above, so New Quay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist and help in lighting up the cliffs.

The UK Coastguard Rescue helicopter 936 from Caernarfon was also tasked to assist. Local volunteer coastguard units from Aberystwyth and New Quay made their way to the cliff top on foot. Aberystwyth lifeboat stayed on scene to provide safety cover below the ledge.

As the mist quickly lifted and with the wet and slippery conditions making a cliff rescue dangerous, the Coastguard helicopter was able to winch the casualties off the ledge, and land them safely. Both casualties were cold but uninjured.

New Quay’s all-weather lifeboat was stood down before arriving on scene and returned to station. Aberystwyth remained on scene until everyone on the beach side were safe and then returned to station.

Bryn Harrison, RNLI helm for Aberystwyth lifeboat said: “The casualties showed quick thinking to use the What3Words app to pinpoint their location when they needed help, but we would always recommend people check the tide times before embarking into areas under the cliffs. This was a good example of team work between all agencies involved, and the rough seas showed what great capability the Atlantic 85 has.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added: “Again this is a great example of multi-agency work and a great outcome. New Quay RNLI has had a very busy end to January with six launches within one week. The all-weather lifeboat has launched on four different occasions and our inshore lifeboat twice. All the hard work, dedication and training comes together when the pager sounds. I would like to thank all the volunteers for their commitment especially in these difficult time with strict COVID restrictions and guidelines.”

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“Significant” heroin dealer to pay back £40,500 in criminal gains

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A MAN jailed for possessing heroin with intent to supply and money laundering has been ordered to pay back £40,500 gained through criminal activity.

Grzegorz Kramp, of Commins Coch in Ceredigion, was sentenced in February to three years and nine months in prison following a Dyfed-Powys Police investigation.

A court heard how the 45-year-old was a “significant street dealer” in the area after police stopped his car and found heroin worth £10,000 inside.

Following sentencing, the force’s Economic Crime Team began Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings against Kramp to strip him of the funds earned through illegal activity.

Financial investigator Rob Thomas said: “Financial enquiries were carried out as part of the investigation, and it was revealed that a significant amount of money had gone through the defendant’s bank account in the period leading up to his arrest.

“This gave us grounds to pursue a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation as it was clear Kramp had financially benefitted from his criminal activity.”

On Friday, June 18 a POCA hearing was held at Swansea Crown Court, where HHJ Huw Rees declared that Kramp had benefitted by £77,179.66.

He imposed a confiscation order requiring the defendant to pay £40,500. This will be split between £5,000 seized from Kramp, and equity from his home address, which is to be sold within three months.

Mr Thomas said: “To explain the difference in the amount gained by Kramp against the amount he has been ordered to pay back – proceeds of crime are split into two figures – the benefit figure, which is the amount gained, and the available amount, which is the amount of cash seized or assets which can be sold.

“In this instance, the benefit amount is over £77,000 that related to unexplained income in Kramp’s bank account over a number of months, but the available amount that could be recovered in cash or assets was calculated to be £40,500, which is what he will now pay back.

“This order is another success on top of the original sentence as by taking out the profits that fund crime, we can help disrupt the cycle and prevent further offences from taking place.”

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A group of Year 9 pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Penglais asked to self-isolate as COVID-19 case confirmed

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A GROUP of Year 9 pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Penglais, Aberystwyth have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days following the confirmation of a COVID-19 case at the school.

In addition, pupils travelling on the same bus as the confirmed positive case have also been contacted and asked to self-isolate for 10 days again. These pupils come from more than one Year Group from Ysgol Gyfun Penglais.

All confirmed contacts of the positive case must remain at home for 10 days to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community. The pupils will be taught remotely for this period.

The parents of all these pupils have been contacted by the School and will also be supported by Ceredigion Contact Tracing Team.

The Council urges all parents to refer their children for a test if they develop any of the following symptoms, which are:

·       a high temperature

·       a new continuous cough

·       a loss or change to sense of smell or taste

  • mild summer cold type symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test.

In addition, parents should book a COVID-19 test if their children feel generally feeling unwell and have a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case.

You can apply for a test on https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or by phoning 119.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ceredigion has increased significantly over recent days and we are urging people to continue to maintain 2 metre social distancing, wear a face mask indoors, wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds and keep inside spaces well ventilated. Following these rules will stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ceredigion.

No further details will be provided regarding this matter.

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Three services in two days for New Quay RNLI

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NEW QUAY RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called into action three times in two days last week, firstly to a surfer near New Quay while on a training exercise on Thursday evening (17 June), then to a windsurfer in Aberaeron on Friday (18 June) and, while returning to station, a passenger boat in New Quay with a fouled propeller. 

On Thursday evening Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s helm was taking crew on a training exercise when they were requested by HM Coastguard to assist a surfer in difficulty in Llanina, near New Quay. Dylan said, “On arrival we found them safe and well so a false alarm with good intent. We then continued with our training which included search patterns, a man overboard scenario and boat handling drills.” 

Next, on Friday afternoon, in a strong northerly wind, the inshore lifeboat was tasked on service once again. Pete Yates, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “We were requested by HM Coastguard to launch our inshore lifeboat at 1.40pm to a windsurfer in difficulty off Aberaeron. We made best speed up the coast in difficult conditions and arrived just as the casualty made it safely ashore, to be met by the New Quay Coastguard team. 

“On returning to New Quay we assisted a passenger boat with a fouled propeller. We were able to free the rope from the propeller and then returned to station. Good outcomes all round! Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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