New Quay RNLI in all night multi agency rescue

Lifeboats News Release

New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station was involved in an all-night multi agency rescue with HM Coastguard, Cardigan RNLI and the Dyfed Powys Police searching for a missing person.

On Saturday 30 June at 11.30pm the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat and the D class inshore lifeboat were both launched following reports of a missing person in the Tresaith area. Milford Haven Coastguard advised that the paddle boarder had not been seen for three hours after leaving Aberporth beach and was likely to have gone north to Tresaith.

The New Quay RNLI crews began searching from the north with both Cardigan RNLI lifeboats searching from the south and New Quay inshore lifeboat soon located the paddleboard and the casualty’s possessions on Traeth Bach beach, just south of Llangrannog. Crew members spoke to members of the public camping on the beach who had seen the missing person only a few hours earlier and were able to direct crew members to his last known location.

With the search now concentrated on the area around Traeth Bach, the casualty was located on top of a small, rocky island by Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 from St Athan.

Brett Stones, helm of New Quay inshore lifeboat and crew member Dan Montgomery climbed to the top of the mound to assess the casualty and commence casualty care while the helicopter refuelled,

“It was now very dark and we could not see anything. It was quite dangerous work climbing up but with guidance from local resident Pob Thomas, and with the help of the all-weather lifeboat’s search lights and parachute flares, we soon found the casualty.

“We worked with the Coastguard helicopter and the casualty was airlifted to Morriston hospital. Two police officers and two members of the public had also climbed up and we realised that it would not be safe to climb down in darkness.

“The rescue helicopter then returned and transferred us two-by-two to nearby Penbryn beach where we were picked up by the lifeboat. We finally returned to the station by 6am.”

Dan Potter, Coxswain of New Quay RNLI Mersey class all-weather lifeboat added,

“I’d like to thank everyone involved, the crew, our colleagues from Cardigan, the Coastguard and the Police. It was a successful rescue and a long night. Many of the crew had to go to work that morning so it was a very long day.”

For more information please contact Kate Williams,

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A joint search and rescue with New Quay and Cardigan RNLI with the HM Coastguard and Dyfed Powys Police

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New Quay RNLI searching the coastline at night

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Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187

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Inshore lifeboat picking up crew members from Penbryn beach after being dropped off by helicopter

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Watching the sun rise over Ynys Lochtyn in the early hours of Sunday while returning home

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