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New Quay RNLI tasked to suspected fishing boat in distress

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NEW QUAY RNLI’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, the Frank & Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, was paged at 09.07 on Thursday 11 July by Milford Haven Coastguard after they picked up EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) signals from a commercial fishing vessel in the Llangrannog area.

The crew were then stood down as the Coastguard had spoken to the skipper of the vessel and confirmed that no assistance was required. However, after the beacon had been switched off and taken ashore, the Coastguard continued to receive distress signals in the area. Believing that a second EPIRB may have been activated, the Coastguard issued a mayday call.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “The Coastguard wanted to confirm there was no other vessel in distress, so the lifeboat was paged at 09.32 to search the area.”

Daniel Potter, New Quay RNLI Coxswain said, “We soon found the fishing vessel in question and also spoke to other fishing vessels and members of the public in the area to check whether they had accidentally set off a distress beacon. We also used our direction finding equipment to get a fix on the distress signal.”

“We then searched the area between Aberporth and New Quay, as directed by the Coastguard, but, after a two hour search, we found no other vessel in distress or persons in the water.”

Having concluded the search pattern, the lifeboat was stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard and returned to station at 12:00.

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons are GPS satellite enabled safety devices registered to and carried by a vessel. EPIRBs are designed to alert search and rescue services and allow them to quickly locate seagoing vessels in an event of an emergency. They activate automatically when they hit the water or you can push a button to set it off in an emergency. The signal from the beacon informs the Coastguard where you are and who you are. You can also purchase PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) for personal use when taking part in recreational water sports.

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Ceredigion Schools have already produced more than 300 visors

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MORE than 300 face-visors have already been produced by staff at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Ysgol Penglais, Ysgol Bro Teifi and Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi.

These face-visors provide much needed protection for front-line workers in Ceredigion. The visors are produced on the schools’ 3-D printers.
Plans are in place to produce another 2,000 of these vital visors.

Meinir Ebbsworth, Corporate Lead Officer – Schools said, “We are extremely grateful to our staff who are using their expertise and school equipment to help others.”

Ceredigion County Council are proud of the contribution that our schools are making during this difficult and challenging times, and to all our staff and volunteers who have shown such goodwill to help others.

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Cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three facilities in the county – Plascrug Leisure Centre and Penweddig School in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centre – will provide additional capacity in response to the unprecedented challenges currently faced by the NHS and social care services.

Further sites across the county continue to be scoped and further information will be provided as and when these are confirmed. The health service is also working with its university partners in Aberystwyth on opportunities for them to support the efforts.

This follows announcements made last week confirming additional capacity in Parc Y Scarlets and the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.

Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Delivering this additional capacity in Ceredigion will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from Ceredigion County Council to help make this happen.

“We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.”

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive said “Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board in establishing our Leisure Centres and one of our secondary schools as facilities which will provide additional capacity as we prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. This is a reflection of the close partnership working between the two organisations. We thank all staff who have been working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis.”

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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