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New Quay RNLI tasked to broken down dingy

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday 14 June New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard at 2.15pm to reports of a small inflatable motor boat with two people on board being blown out to sea at Cwmtydu, south of New Quay.

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Harri Yemm on board the inshore lifeboat towing the stricken dingy

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 2.20pm and made their way down the coast at speed.

Helmsman Pete Yates said, “We travelled quickly down the coast to the last known location of the dingy. We commenced searching and soon found the boat on Castell Bach beach.

“There was no sign of anyone on or near the boat so we put one crew member ashore to ask passers-by on the coastal path. We found out that the casualties had made it to land and had walked towards Cwmtydu. We then towed the vessel to Cwmtydu beach where we found its owners safe and well.

“It turns out they had set off from Cwmtydu but the engine was unable to make any headway against the wind. It was fortunate that they were blown towards nearby Castell Bach beach and manged to make it ashore.”

It was new recruit Harri Yemm’s second shout in consecutive days. Harri, 17, from New Quay, joined in January said, “I have always wanted to be a part of the lifeboat crew as for a while I have had an interest in the organisation and the work they do. When the pager goes off the adrenaline kicks in and I listen to the experienced crew and helm to teach me the ropes. It is a great feeling helping people and the community.”

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For more information contact Kate Williams, New Quay Lifeboat Press Officer at kate_williams@rnli.org.uk or 07786 550054. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.


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Recovering the dingy from Castell Bach beach

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Towing the dingy around to Cwmtydu to its owners

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Arriving at Cwmtydu beach

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