Four shouts in one afternoon for New Quay RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 24 August, during the busy bank holiday weekend, New Quay RNLI lifeboats launched to four separate incidents off the coast of Cardigan Bay.

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New Quay RNLI's all-weather lifeboat towing in the first casualty vessel with the inshore lifeboat assisting through the busy New Quay harbour in the middle of the annual Cardigan Bay Regatta

The first launch was for the all-weather Mersey lifeboat, the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, which was paged at 1.10pm to a 26ft boat, which had broken down between New Quay and Aberaeron.

Arriving on scene, Daniel Potter, New Quay RNLI’s Coxswain said, “They had put an anchor down after having engine failure but it was fouled on lobster pots. We put a crew member on board to assist and then towed them to New Quay.”

Just as the boat was being assisted into New Quay harbour, another callout was received for the inshore lifeboat, the Audrey LJ.

Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s volunteer helm added, “We launched our D-class inshore lifeboat to assist mooring the casualty vessel but when we were doing so we were diverted to Llangrannog at 2.34pm to assist with an unresponsive casualty who was not breathing. We made quick speed down the coast but when we arrived the ambulance was there so we were stood down.”

Just minutes after the inshore lifeboat had left, the all-weather lifeboat was tasked to another broken down boat at Castell Bach, between New Quay and Cwmtydu.

Dan Potter added, “Again they had put an anchor down but it had snagged on lobster pots, so we put a crew member on board to assist and towed the boat to New Quay.”

Shortly after returning to New Quay, the all-weather lifeboat was paged again at 4.22pm to a 30ft boat which had broken down, three miles off Llanon.

Dan said, “We didn’t have an accurate position so we located the vessel by radar and towed them to Aberystwyth, where we handed the tow over to Aberystwyth lifeboat just outside the harbour.

“New Quay was a hive of boating activity as the annual Cardigan Bay Regatta and the bank holiday weekend were in full swing. It was a very long afternoon and evening but the crew worked tirelessly to help those in need. The lifeboat returned to New Quay and was rehoused and refuelled by 8:30pm.”

Notes to editors

For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at [email protected] or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.

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New Quay RNLI locating the first casualty vessel

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The second casualty vessel being towed while the inshore lifeboat assisting lifeguards on Llangrannog beach

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New Quay RNLI crew member overseeing the second tow

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New Quay RNLI's all-weather lifeboat towing the third casualty vessel from Llanon to Aberystwyth

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Aberystwyth lifeboat taking over the tow from New Quay RNLI

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