A busy evening for New Quay RNLI
New Quay RNLI had an eventful evening on Thursday 13 August with a training exercise sandwiched between two service calls.
As the volunteer crew were preparing for their first training exercise since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, they were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to a broken down vessel off New Quay head. The inshore lifeboat launched at 6.20pm and quickly located the 5.5m rigid inflatable boat with two persons on board. The crew set up a tow and towed the boat back into New Quay harbour.
With the boat safely at anchor, the crew started their planned training exercise, which included boat handling drills, search patterns and navigation training.
Having completed the exercise at 7.40pm, and with the crew about to recover the boat onto the trailer, the lifeboat was again tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard, this time to investigate a large object seen in the water, one mile offshore between Penbryn and Tresaith.
Huw Williams, New Quay RNLI helm said, “When we arrived on scene at Penbryn we were directed by the first informant to the object, which turned out to be a tree. We hauled the tree onto the boat and put it above the tide line on Penbryn beach to prevent it being a hazard to navigation and avoid any further calls.”
The inshore lifeboat then returned to station by 9pm and was refuelled and prepared ready for service.
The RNLI is the charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “Do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you see anyone in trouble at sea or on the coastline.”
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.