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New Quay inshore lifeboat called out twice during regatta week

Lifeboats News Release

Tuesday and Wednesday (15 and 16 August) saw the New Quay RNLI inshore lifeboat called into action twice during - but not in connection with the Annual Regatta.

On Tuesday afternoon, a call came to rescue a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with engine problems off Llanina Point. Bernard Davies at the helm was accompanied by new volunteer crew member Heather Rees-Gaunt and they quickly managed to secure a towline whereupon the relieved occupants of the RIB were safely transported back to the harbour. Bernard reported that sea conditions were calm and the rescue was accomplished with little difficulty.

On Wednesday, an empty kayak was brought ashore prompting the UK Coastguard to commence a search and call for the assistance of the inshore lifeboat. The boat was launched shortly after 12.30pm with Simon Rigby at the helm together with crew members Huw Williams and Laura Mears. They were asked to undertake a shoreline search of a wide area between Gilfach yr Halen to the north and Cwmtydu to the south. Nothing was found and with no reports received of any missing person the crew were stood down after around two hours of searching. The wind was a southerly Force 3 with a slight sea and again conditions did not present any difficult problems.

Notes to editors:

New Quay lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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