New Quay RNLI answers two shouts in one afternoon

Lifeboats News Release

New Quay RNLI volunteer crew were at sea all afternoon on Tuesday 23 October, firstly to reports of an upturned kayak and secondly to assist with an injured person.

HM Coastguard New Quay/Calum Butler

New Quay RNLI bringing the kayaks onto Llangrannog beach

The D-class inshore lifeboat, Audrey LJ, launched on service at 1:45pm, with Huw Williams at the helm and crew members Peter Yates and George Bishop, following reports of an upturned kayak off Traeth Bach, near Llangrannog.

The lifeboat sped down the coast in cold and blustery October conditions and, once on scene, the crew soon located not only one kayak but three. Helmsman Huw Williams, explained,

“We located the kayaks drifting about a quarter of a mile from the beach. When we got alongside we found that they were chained together and this allayed fears that we might be looking for persons in the water. We towed the kayaks to Llangrannog beach where we handed them over to our colleagues from New Quay Coastguard.”

However, this wasn’t the end of the day’s activities for the crew as they were soon diverted to a second incident at Traethgwyn, near New Quay. Crew member Peter Yates explained,

“We were on our way back to station when we were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist a person who had fallen on the beach. He had an injured knee and ankle, with a suspected dislocation, and was in a lot of pain. We kept the casualty comfortable and administered pain relief until an ambulance arrived.”

The casualty was then evacuated with assistance from the New Quay Coastguard team and transferred to Glangwili Hospital. After a busy afternoon, the inshore lifeboat returned to station at 4:15pm.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Kate Williams, or 07786 550054.

HM Coastguard New Quay/Calum Butler

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