Both Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats joined the search for missing local man Richard John Middleton on 15 January 2015
The smaller RNLI Arancia rescue craft was launched first to search the harbour and lower river Rheidol. The stations Atlantic 85 Spirit of Friendship was launched soon after to assist in very wet and windy conditions.
A rescue helicopter from RAF valley searched along the river whilst the Fire Brigade, Coastguard and Police all searched the river further upstream. After searching for approximately an hour both lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.
Dyfed-Powys police later released a statement that a body had been discovered during the search and family had been informed. The crew and stations thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Busy 2014 for RNLI Aberystwyth
2014 was a busy year for the RNLI crew at Aberystwyth who were called upon 41 times to launch the stations lifeboats, rescuing 17 people and saving one life.
The year started early on New Years day with the crew being paged at 7:30am to a person in the sea in rough conditions. The casualty was able to get out of the water before the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship' was launched.
Boat On Station
Boats on station
Atlantic 85 B-822 'Spirit of friendship'
Tractor on Station
TW28H Talus MB4H Hydrostatic