New Quay RNLI’s lifeboats launch following reports of flares
Last week (Wednesday 4 May) both New Quay RNLI’s lifeboats launched on service following reports of distress flares one mile north of Llanina Point, near New Quay.
New Quay RNLI’s relief Mersey class lifeboat, Keep Fit Association and the inshore lifeboat, Audrey LJ, were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to carry out a search of the area between Cei Bach and Aberaeron.
Dylan Price, New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helm said, “During the initial search, we were re-tasked to investigate flashing lights seen on the cliffs at Ynys Lochtyn, near Llangrannog. The lights turned out to be fishermen who were not on any difficulty.
“We then rejoined the initial search off New Quay, investigating a radar target picked up by the all-weather lifeboat. However, despite a thorough search of the area, nothing was found and both lifeboats were stood down and returned to station at 12.30am. Two false alarms with good intent.”
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added, “This was the third service in seven days for relief lifeboat Keep Fit Association so we are keeping her fit and busy. Our volunteers are available 24/7 so do not hesitate to contact 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you think someone is in trouble at sea or on the coastline.”
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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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