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Early morning multiagency response for crew of RNLI Fishguard

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI crew launched at the request of HM Coastguard following a report of a person who had fallen at the port and was on a ledge.

The volunteer helm, crew and station mechanic launching in the early hours of 7 October.


The volunteer helm, crew and station mechanic launching in the early hours of 7 October.
Fishguard RNLI crew were paged at 1.41am on Saturday (7 October 2023) with the request to launch the charity’s D class inshore lifeboat Edward Arthur Richardson and make way to the area which had been identified as being Fisherman’s Quay near to the ferry terminal.

On arrival it was realised that the person had fallen approximately 3 metres from the quay wall onto the slip below and was situated close to the waterline.

Also responding to the incident were personnel from Fishguard HM Coastguard, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and Dyfed Powys Police.

With land access to the casualty available, the crew of the lifeboat remained nearby to provide water safety cover for the other emergency services whilst they tended to the casualty close to the water’s edge. With the patient transferred to the ambulance the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station where it was recovered and made ready again for service at 2.53am.

Cedwyn Rogers, RNLI Fishguard Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said:

'This was an excellent example of multiagency response and we at RNLI Fishguard are glad we were able to provide assistance. Whilst we may not always be hands on in an incident, providing safety cover to our colleagues working in close proximity to the water is also important, and we are always prepared to step in and assist where necessary.'

'RNLI Fishguard would like to remind anyone around the water’s edge to take care, particularly in the dark or if conditions underfoot are wet. Remember, if you or anyone else need assistance around the coast please ring 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.'

Notes to Editors:
  • The attached photo (Photo 1) shows the volunteer helm, crew and station mechanic launching in the early hours of 7 October. (Saturday 7 October 2023) Credit. RNLI Fishguard.

RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Cedwyn Rogers, Lifeboat Press Officer on [email protected] or RNLI Regional Media Officer Eleri Roberts on [email protected] / 07771941390

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