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New Quay RNLI launches to rescue five persons from a boat taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday afternoon (20 June) New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched on service to assist a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with five persons on board near Cei Bach beach, New Quay. The boat had been swamped in the surf and had suffered mechanical failure.


New Quay RNLI on scene on Cei Bach beach with the five casualties

Launching at 1.50pm with four volunteer crew members on board, the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ quickly arrived on scene.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “When we arrived on scene we found the boat was full of water, but the five occupants had made it to the beach. We dropped two crew members on the beach to assess the situation and to confirm that the casualties were safe and well.

“After emptying the boat of as much water as possible and getting the five persons safely onto the lifeboat, it was decided that the best course of action would be to tow the vessel to New Quay harbour.

“Having landed the casualties safely ashore and securing the vessel on a mooring, we returned to station at 3pm.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “This was a good outcome to a potentially serious situation. Everyone kept calm and arrived safely back at the harbour. Remember if you see anyone in difficulty at sea or on the coast call 999 and ask for 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.

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