Whilst in town fully kitted up collecting for our annual flag day, the crew were notified that 4 young surfers were in difficulty South of Aberystwyth.
The 4 crew who had been designated as duty crew for the flag day event quickly dropped their collecting boxes and started to run through town. They came across a Taxi and explained the situation and that they had no cash, and he very kindly and quickly took them to the lifeboat free of charge, which was moored up in the Marina.
The lifeboat was soon heading South, and at the same time with 4 lives at risk the Lifeboat from New Quay was also tasked to assist. Once on scene the crew found that the 4 casualties had been blown over a mile north of their surfing position and although not a long way from shore, were really struggling to make any headway and get back to shore. The 4 teenagers aged between 12 and 14 had not panicked, but had tied themselves together and awaited rescue. Staying together was a very sensible decision, and made finding them easier.
The lifeboat took the casualties aboard the lifeboat cold, wet and quite scared and put them into survivor sheets to keep them warm. The lifeboat then made the trip back to harbour as quick as possible but as comfortable for the casualties as possible. When back at the Marina the casualties were transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital, where they were later released.
The crew who had just saved 4 lives then assisted in clearing up and putting all the kit away after a very succesfull flag day in which we raised just under £1500.
The crew would like to publicly thank the Taxi drivers who did not hesistate in giving them a life free of charge. They paid a big part in the survival of 4 young boys.
Below is video footage of the rescue.
The lifeboat crew were paged to assist the coastguard cliff rescue team who were rescuing a paraglider who had been forced to land at the foot of constition hill, and had decided to leave his kit and climb out.
Whilst readying to launch the lifeboat was informed that cliff rescue team had safely recovered the casualty. There was then concern that the kit left at the bottom of the cliff by the paraglider may either be washed out to sea or spotted by a member of the public and either way cause further alarms later in the day.
The arancia was tasked to go ashore and recover the bag and parasail.
Both boats were launched to assist a man and his husky dog, who had been cut off by the tide whilst out for a walk.
The Arancia went in close and picked up both the man and his dog, with the intention of transferring them to the larger Atlantic which was waiting off providing cover. However the dog was very nervous of the engine and it was decided to get him and his owner back to harbour as soon as possible. The Arancia returned to harbour and quickly returned the dog to shore, where it got a lot of fuss from the crew.
Whilst on Sunday morning training a local fishing boat requested assitance as they had suffered engine failure. The lifeboat diverted from its exercise and took the vessel under town returning it to the harbour with its 3 crew.
The lifeboat then went back to its exercise.
Lifeboat was asked to go and assist the police recover a man from the rocks outside the Marine hotel. The person was believed to be intoxicated and kept entering the sea when the police got close.
As the lifeboat was making its way to scene, they were informed the man had come off the rocks and was in police custody.
Lifeboat returned to station.
Lifeboat crew were paged to assist an inflatable dinghy in trouble in the harbour entrance, however on arriving at station the crew were informed that the dinghy was safely ashore and the boat was stood down.
Rough Weather and Dolphins
The lifeboat recently went out for a spot of rough weather handling practice. Whilst out on exercise a pod of dolphins showed up to investigate. You can see it all in the video below.
Boat On Station
Boats on station
Atlantic 85 B-803 'William Hurst'
Tractor on Station
TW28H Talus MB4H Hydrostatic