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Teenage girl rescued by Aberporth RNLI lifeguards

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A TEENAGE GIRL was rescued by RNLI lifeguards after she was swept out of her depth by a rip current in the sea at Aberporth Beach.

The 13-year-old girl had been dragged out about 50m from the beach by the outward flowing current. She was in the water about 50m to the north of the red and yellow flagged swimming area near the rocky reef.

RNLI lifeguard Anuera Phillips, who was on a water’s edge patrol, alerted fellow lifeguard Alex Hart, who immediately paddled out to the girl on a surf rescue board.

With 1-2ft waves breaking over the girl, Alex was able to bring her onto the surf rescue board and return her into the shallow water to be reunited with her family. Aneura then treated the girl for some minor scrapes and cuts she had sustained from the rocks.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Michael Vincent said: “Our lifeguard team were glad to be able to rescue this girl and that there was a good outcome to this incident.

“We would encourage anyone visiting the coast this summer to visit a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area designated as the safest area for swimming by our professional lifeguard team.”

In a separate incident on Friday (Aug 11) RNLI lifeguards stationed on Aberystwyth North Beach responded to a man who was suffering chest pains in a nearby book shop.

The Welsh Ambulance Service had issued a call to first responders in the area to go to the man’s aid shortly after 2pm and lifeguards Hannah Brand and Carwyn Francis and were quickly at the shop, which was about 150m from their beach lifeguard unit base.

The man, who was in his 60s, was in pain, was clammy and had an elevated breathing rate. The lifeguards carried out treatment and administered oxygen and by the time paramedics arrived he was more comfortable. He was taken to hospital by paramedics.

Michael added: “We hope the man is making a full and speedy recovery.

“As well as being able to respond to water emergencies, our lifeguards carry a range of first aid equipment and are fully first aid trained. We would always encourage people to come to the lifeguard units on our beaches and ask for help if they see anyone in need of first aid assistance on or near the beach.”

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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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