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Busy weekend for New Quay RNLI's all-weather lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Mersey class all-weather lifeboat at New Quay RNLI was well and truly put through its paces on Saturday and Sunday (29 and 30 July).

On Saturday at shortly after 2.30pm it was called on by the UK Coastguard to assist Aberystwyth RNLI in the search for a swimmer believed to be missing off Constitution Hill. After some three hours of searching the instruction came to stand down with nothing found and no one reported missing.

The call had originally come from a member of the public and was reported to the UK Coastguard by an RNLI lifeguard.

Then on Sunday at mid afternoon the all-weather lifeboat was again tasked by the UK Coastguard, this time to assist two people with a dog who were reported stuck half way up a cliff between Llangrannog and Penbryn.

This time it was accompanied by the inshore lifeboat in case the party had to be rescued from the shoreline. After making their way through a lumpy sea and a wind gusting from Force 5 to 7, the people were found to be getting assistance by Coastguard Rescue Team members to clamber to the coast path above and the New Quay lifeboats were stood down.

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, commented: 'At this time of year, with many holidaymakers in the area and not familiar with our coastline and seas, we can expect things to be busy for us. I would encourage people to think about safety at all times, particularly to check where it is safe to bathe, consult tide times and possess good maps and guides to the coastal path.'

New Quay RNLI's Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is due to be replaced by an Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat in 2020.

Notes to editors:

New Quay lifeboat station has been operating since 1864. Today there are twenty five trained crew members, a Mersey class all weather lifeboat and an inshore rescue craft.

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