New Quay RNLI lifeboats launch to assist injured person on coastal path
On Sunday 12 June, both lifeboats launched at the request of HM Coastguard to assist the New Quay Coastguard team with a casualty who had sustained a leg and ankle injury on the coastal path between New Quay and Cwmtydu.
In a strong westerly wind the inshore lifeboat launched at 1.15pm with four volunteer crew members on board.
Huw Williams, New Quay RNLI helm said, “When we arrived on scene there was a big swell and large rocks so the conditions were difficult, but I was able to manoeuvre the lifeboat close to the beach at Castell Bach to drop one crew member off to assess the situation.
“The all-weather lifeboat was then tasked and launched at 1.45pm to bring much needed pain relief and we were able to retrieve it and drop a second crew member ashore to administer it to the casualty”.
“After much consideration it was decided that the only way to extract the casualty was by helicopter and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 was tasked. We stood by while the extraction took place and were then stood down and returned to station by 3.30pm."
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “This is a great example of multi-agency teamwork. We regularly work closely with our local Coastguard team when assisting casualties along the coast. In this case, the casualty had suffered a broken ankle and a broken fibula and was a considerable distance from vehicle access.
“We would also like to congratulate Andy Campbell, our newest recruit, for his first shout. Well done Andy!”
RNLI media contact
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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