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Major search during Aberystwyth carnival for missing swimmer

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AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30pm on Saturday (29 July), RNLI lifeguards based on North beach, Aberystwyth, notified the UK Coastguard that a swimmer who had been seen in possible difficulty had gone missing near to constitution hill.

A member of the public had informed the RNLI Lifeguards that they thought a swimmer was in difficulty. The lifeguards immediately located the swimmer who appeared to be in difficulty past the beach, towards the cliffs at Constitution Hill. The ifeguards immediately informed the UK Coastguard, but shortly lost sight of the casualty.

The Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 ‘Spirit of Friendship’ had already launched as part of its Open Day and was getting ready to take part in a rescue demonstration with the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon when they were immediately sent to the scene. The lifeboat did a quick search of the reported area and put a crew member ashore to check behind the rocks. The helicopter also joined the search of the area. With no one found a full scale search of the area was started.

The Arancia lifeboat with some crew and station volunteers were taking part in the towns Carnival and was also requested, with the help of some local police, the Arancia quickly left the carnival and was on its way to join the search.

A Mayday relay was put out by the UK Coastguard asking for any vessels in the area to keep an eye out and the All Weather lifeboat from New Quay ‘Frank And Lena Clifford Of Stourbridge’ was also tasked to assist in the search, along with Borth and Aberystwyth local coastguard rescue teams.

The search took 3 hours, close in to shore in full view of the crowds who had gathered for the town carnival celebrations. After an exhaustive and extensive saturation of the area, and with nothing found the search was stood down and all search teams returned to their respective stations.

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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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