New Quay RNLI launches in search of person in the water in Storm Dudley

Lifeboats News Release

This morning (Wednesday 16 February) both New Quay RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats launched on service in response to a report of a person in the water at Aberaeron beach during Storm Dudley.

In a strong south westerly wind New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Audrey LJ launched first at 10.44am with three volunteer crew members on board. They were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to search for a person in the water at Aberaeron’s South Beach.

Following the inshore lifeboat’s launch, the all-weather lifeboat, the Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge took to the stormy seas with seven crew members on board.

HM Coastguard also requested the assistance of the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and the search and rescue teams from both New Quay and Aberystwyth.

Simon Rigby, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “We arrived on scene in Aberaeron and began our search. We were informed that the person in the water could be seen drifting in a northerly direction.

“After we began searching we spotted an object in the water that initially looked like a person with a kayak or paddleboard. As we approached it became apparent that the object was a tree. We spoke to the Coastguard teams on land with the first informant and they confirmed this is what they had seen. We informed the Coastguard and we were stood down and returned to station.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “This was a false alarm with good intent. If it had been a person in the water it would have been critical to get there as fast as possible. The first informant did the right thing contacting the Coastguard. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

“Remember if you get into danger in the water, relax and float to give yourself time to recover before swimming to safety or calling for help. If you see someone else in danger, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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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.


New Quay RNLI's inshore lifeboat on route to Aberaeron


The crew fighting through the waves of Storm Dudley

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