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Safety sessions return: The popular lessons have been brought back

Safety sessions return: The popular lessons have been brought back

HUNDREDS more Welsh primary school pupils will get the chance to Hit the Surf with RNLI lifeguards as a popular sea safety scheme returns.

The educational programme saw more than 3,000 Welsh children take part before the summer holidays and now 500 more will get the chance to have fun and learn beach safety in Pembrokeshire.

Three more weeks of Hit the Surf sessions started on Monday (Sept 7) – first off at Whitesands in St Davids and then two weeks in Tenby.

Hundreds more children will take part in sessions in Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, also starting on today.

The educational programme was first introduced by the RNLI charity back in 2004 and has grown in popularity over the years. As part of the half-day session children are taught the meaning of beach flags, the dangers of rips and tides and what to do if they spot someone else in trouble. However the highlight for each child every year is the chance to put on a wetsuit and learn basic surf skills under the watchful eye of the RNLI lifeguards.

Elin Jones, RNLI Lifeguard Community Engagement Supervisor, said: “Our lifeguards have been busy in their posts providing a daily safety service on the beaches over the summer and their peak season ended on Sunday (September 6).

“Now the Hit the Surf team are looking forward to helping more school children have fun and learn some new skills and tips to stay safe on the beach.

“We had a great response from the more than 3,000 youngsters who have already taken part in Hit the Surf in Wales this year and we are sure this will continue in the coming weeks.”

The RNLI lifeguards’ daily safety service came to an end on Sunday after another busy season on the beaches of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Port Talbot and the Vale of Glamorgan. A weekend safety service will continue on Whitesands beach between 10am and 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays until Sept 27.

For more information on how to stay safe on the beach visit the RNLI website www.rnli.org. uk/beachsafety or download the charity’s’ beach safety mobile app.

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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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