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New Quay and Aberystwyth lifeboats in multi-agency rescue

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On Tuesday 20 August both New Quay RNLI’s lifeboats were launched to assist Aberystwyth RNLI’s lifeboat, Coastguard rescue teams from New Quay and Aberystwyth and a Coastguard helicopter in rescuing three people.

New Quay’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge and the D-class inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ launched at 6.40pm on Tuesday evening to assist in the rescue of three people cut off by the tide near Morfa Bychan, between Aberystwyth and Llanrhystud.

Once on scene the New Quay crew liaised with their colleagues from Aberystwyth and established that there were three persons trapped on a precarious ledge. One of the Aberystwyth crew had swum ashore to assess the casualties and, due to the difficult location and weather conditions, decided that helicopter extraction was required.

 

Peter Yates, helm of New Quay’s inshore lifeboat said, “After an uncomfortable trip up the coast in difficult weather conditions, we spoke to the Aberystwyth helm who confirmed that a helicopter was on the way but we agreed that the D-class should go in and test whether we could hold an anchor and veer in if needed. I quickly briefed the crew and, with some manoeuvring and timing the wave sets, I was able to get alongside.

“Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 arrived from Caernarfon and was able to winch the three casualties to safety, leaving the Aberystwyth crew member on the ledge. With teamwork and timing a gap, we veered the boat against the ledge and indicated to him to jump on board.

“Overall it was a tough shout but made easier by great teamwork and task understanding on both boats.”

With the casualties safely ashore, the all-weather lifeboat escorted the inshore lifeboat back to New Quay, with the D-Class sheltering in the wake of the bigger lifeboat in demanding weather conditions. Both lifeboats were rehoused and ready for service by 9.30pm.

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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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Appeal following assault

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POLICE in Aberystwyth are keen to speak to a ‘good Samaritan’ who gave the victim of a serious assault a lift.

Aberystwyth CID are making enquiries into an incident in the early hours of Sunday, March 22, in which a man sustained significant injuries.

The assault took place in the Bridge Street area, near to Trefechan Bridge, shortly after 2am.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with CCTV of the area, to make contact with the investigation team.

Police are also keen to speak to another man who has provided the injured victim with a lift in a van to the Trefechan area shortly after the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or can assist the police in any way, they are asked to email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can also text the force’s non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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