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An eventful week for New Quay RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The week beginning Sunday, 28th May proved very full and eventful for the lifeboat personnel at New Quay.

It began with a very successful Open Day on the Sunday when the seagoing crew, shore personnel, station officials and fundraising team combined to lay on a variety of food and entertainment for the large number of people who visited the boathouse during the day. Soaking a crew member, the bouncy castle, car wash, barbecue lunches and delicious cakes served by the fundraisers all proved popular. A total of over £1000.00 was raised towards the charity’s role of saving lives at sea, for which many thanks to the people who came to support.

There followed two rescues during the week carried out by the station’s inshore lifeboat, the Audrey LJ. On the Wednesday the lifeboat was called out in the afternoon to rescue a rib in trouble with fuel problems north of the main pier. The craft with three local people on board was put on tow and brought back safely to the Quay.

The following day saw a more challenging call shortly after 5.30pm to rescue a holidaying mother and young daughter whose inflatable kayak was in difficulty off Penbryn. .Crewed by Simon Rigby at the helm, Huw Williams and Ollie Edwards, they arrived on the scene to find that the kayak had landed on a small, rocky and cut off beach north of Penbryn. The two occupants, who by now were very cold and tired, were taken on board and ferried back to the main beach. The lifeboat crew then returned to the scene, managed to retrieve the kayak and towed it back to its grateful occupants.

Helmsman Simon Rigby commented:

'One of the things I enjoy about being a member of the lifeboat is the gratitude of those we rescue. The two people concerned were so pleased to see us arriving through the surf and really grateful for all we did for them.'

Notes to editors:

New Quay RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are 25 trained crew members, a Mersey class all-weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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