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New Quay lifeboats answer a Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Both the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat and D class inshore lifeboat were launched to search for a missing spearfisherman.

Alexandra Young

New Quay's all-weather lifeboat on passage to Mayday call

Following a Mayday call to the Coastguard on Wednesday 11 July, both lifeboats were paged and launched immediately at 6.47pm to search for a missing person in the water.

The alarm was raised by a vessel near Target Rock in New Quay as the casualty who had been spearfishing and snorkelling had not been seen for approximately ten minutes.

On passage to the search the lifeboats were stood down as the casualty had resurfaced. The crew proceeded to the vessel under instruction from the Coastguard to confirm the casualty was safe and well.

The lifeboats returned to station at 7.10pm and the all-weather lifeboat was left out on the mooring, to be rehoused the next day.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “The alarm was raised with good intent, if in doubt always ask for help. We had an excellent turn out of crew and a great response time.”

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