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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard / Mountain Rescue
« Reply #240 on: February 19, 2020, 03:18:14 PM »
Well done all round.....

Helicopter and 22 mountain rescuers in major rescue operation on Snowdon.

More than 20 mountain rescue volunteers and the coastguard helicopter were scrambled to the Pyg Track on the Snowdonia mountain after the woman fell while walking and suffered an ankle injury.

The alarm was raised at about 11.30am yesterday (February 18) and the woman was located using the PhoneFind app.
It was feared that due to challenging flying conditions, the woman would most likely have to be carried from the mountain, so a large mountain rescue team was assembled.

A total of 22 mountain rescue volunteers from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team went out to assist.

Just before 3pm, the coastguard helicopter did manage to make it to the scene, and the woman was airlifted to hospital by the crew "despite strong turbulence".


A spokesman for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team said it was a "great example of local teams working together".

He added that team members had been able to attend to the injured woman despite an ongoing call to help two walkers who had got stuck on Crib Goch.

This was because a group of experienced hill walkers were able to help the pair to descend from the mountain, which "saved the mountain rescue team significant time and freed up resources to assist with the injured lady".

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard .........revised
« Reply #241 on: March 02, 2020, 04:18:54 PM »
The UK's first trial of a new search and rescue drone is taking place in North Wales.

Bristow Search and Rescue, the provider of the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter service, is working with Schiebel Group to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for life-saving operations in maritime and land environments at Caernarfon Airport .

They say the airport in Gwynedd offers a "dynamic operational area" for testing of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 system, as it's near mountainous and maritime environments and is close to RAF Valley , which offers a complex airspace environment.

Capable of travelling 200 kilometres from its home base, the S-100 is flown by a pilot in a remote location using digital control and imaging technology to allow them to see through the eyes of its on-board cameras.

The Camcopter S-100 is already used extensively around the world in land and maritime environments, by international agencies such as the European Maritime Safety Agency.

Alan Corbett, chief executive of Bristow Helicopters Ltd, said: "This trial allows us to carry out demanding evaluation of the aircraft, the broader system capability and future suitability as an evolutionary step beyond the current helicopter-focused approach to search and rescue missions.

"The opportunity to evaluate the platform, safely integrating with different types of air traffic found at and around Caernarfon , while accessing mountain and maritime operating environments, allows us to prove their potential for operational public service."

Neil Hunter, business development director at Schiebel Group, said: "In total, we have collected more than 82,000 flight hours so far and we’re looking forward to demonstrating the full range of our capabilities to Bristow in the UK."
Roy Steptoe, managing director at Caernarfon Airport , said: "Without doubt, unmanned aircraft are the way of the future.

Bristow took over the search and rescue role from the RAF in 2015 and have two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters at Caernarfon airport .

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Seeing Bristow on the side of the drone, brought back some memories, my first job was with Freddie Laker's new British United Airways,
in the early 60's which was part of the Airwork group, nice to see they are still going.

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #242 on: April 26, 2020, 03:38:41 PM »
Unusual unmanned vessel off the coast of North Wales - here's what it's doing
The craft is being controlled from Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

An unmanned vessel is currently in the waters off the North Wales coast.

The unusual craft, called a ASV Harry Unmanned, is surveying the power cables for the Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm.

Duncan Mallace, who founded XOcean, is currently operating the vessel from RNLI Lifeboat station Rhyl

Mr Mallace company maps and surveys oceans for research, offshore renewables, coastal engineering, oil and gas or nautical charting.

He told North Wales Live: "We are surveying power cables at the moment for the wind farm off Rhyl, and operating the vessel, which is unmanned from Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

"We'll be here for a few hours doing it."

Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a 25 turbine wind farm approximately eight kilo meters north east of Llandudno. It is Wales' second offshore wind farm and the third offshore wind farm to be built within Liverpool Bay.

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard ...Coronavirus restriction broken
« Reply #243 on: April 27, 2020, 11:11:47 AM »
These guy's should have been presented with the bill, on top of his fine. &shake&

Two divers have been fined for breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions after sparking a major search and rescue mission off the Dorset and Devon coast.

A Royal Navy ship, lifeboats, helicopters, fishing vessels and coastguards joined the search for one of the divers off Lyme Bay on Saturday.

The diver, who was reported overdue shortly before 15:30 BST, was found safe just after 17:00.

Coastguards said he had surfaced but lost sight of the dive vessel.

The man had been diving without a buddy and had become detached from his line, HM Coastguard said.

They said both men on board the vessel had been diving as a leisure activity and were fined by police after being brought back to shore.

The Royal Navy said the man was spotted by a crewmember on board HMS Tyne
Dorset Police has been asked for a comment.

According to the Coastguard's report, RNLI Lifeboats from Lyme Regis and Exmouth were scrambled, along with Coastguard helicopters from St Athan and Newquay.

The Navy patrol ship HMS Tyne and two fishing vessels also joined in the search.

The man had been reported missing by his friend on board the vessel who dialled 999.

Exmouth RNLI deputy coxswain Roger Jackson said "The diver was very lucky indeed.

"Although I'm very pleased the outcome was good, I would urge everyone to please heed the latest government Coronavirus instructions."             ref BBC


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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #244 on: May 21, 2020, 10:18:45 AM »
Trial flights of an unmanned aerial vehicle have started at a North Wales airfield on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The Austrian built Schiebel Camcopter S-100 has been based at Caernarfon Airport for several weeks but it has only been seen flying in the air this month.

The clear blue skies over much of Gwynedd allowed those on the ground to see the 10-foot long aircraft clearly.

Bristow Search and Rescue, the provider of the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter service, are working with the Schiebel Group to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for life-saving operations in maritime and land environments.

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard ..........West Shore
« Reply #245 on: May 31, 2020, 10:43:12 AM »
RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat
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Llandudno Inshore Lifeboat responds to two incidents at West Shore.

Holyhead Coastguard tasked the Llandudno Lifeboat at 2.32 pm on Saturday in response to an emergency call requesting an immediate launch. This was following reports that two people were in danger of being marooned on the sandbanks off Llandudno’s west shore by the incoming tide.

Llandudno’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson with her volunteer crew launched at 2.43pm when they were diverted to another potential incident following reports of an inflatable being swept out to sea in the direction of Puffin Island. Making swift progress, the crew were able to recover an unmanned black inflatable dinghy before diverting back along the shore to aid two casualties. They were seen to be struggling to return to shore from the rapidly disappearing sandbanks. Due to the depth of water and the strong tides, the inshore lifeboat was required to pick up the casualties before safely returning them to the beach.

The ILB Helm Andy Jones described how the rapidly incoming tide had left the casualties in increasingly deep water and without intervention could have become a potentially life-threatening situation. ‘As it was, we were able to get them back to the shore without harm’.

Deputy Launch Authority Dan Jones MBE explained ’this was a good operation with a good outcome, we were able to successfully carry out our rescue while also safely adhering to all the procedures and precautions we have put in place during the Covid 19 situation’.

Chris Cousens, Water Safety Lead for the RNLI in Wales said: “A high proportion of calls for the RNLI in Wales are to those who have been to people cut off by the tide, including during the lockdown period. Some parts of Wales have amongst the highest tidal range in Europe, and a beach that was clear yesterday at 2pm might be completely covered in sea at the same time today. Chris Cousens said: “If you are heading out for a coastal walk, make sure it is safe before you go. Always check the tide times and conditions before you set off and while out, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on the tide direction. Ask for local advice and look out for safety signs. Always carry a means of calling for help and know to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is at risk.”

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #246 on: May 31, 2020, 03:17:54 PM »
Coastguard news on the above story.............

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Frustrating day for us yesterday as we continued with our patrols. Despite the regulations not having changed in Wales, the beaches were very, very busy with those not adhering to the guidelines.

Because of this, we were kept busy. 2 of the team, who were on patrol, had to don water rescue PPE and spend an hour and a half advising over 30 people to return off the sandbanks in West Shore.

Despite our best efforts we had to request the immediate launch of RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat as 2 people had waded across the channel and were cut off by the tide.

As this was unfolding, an inflatable was seen to be blowing offshore, and with concern that somone may have been aboard, the Lifeboat was tasked to investigate that before rescuing the 2 off the sanbanks.

The inflatable was found empty and the 2 people from the sandbanks were rescued by the Lifeboat.

We also provided casualty care to a casualty suffering from a medical episode who was unrelated to the ongoing incidents.

Once all parties were safe and well, we continued with our patrol, where frustratingly, we were confronted with vehicles blocking emergency access to key areas around the coast.

After returning to station and going home, we were tasked again at 22:42 to assist North Wales Police and Flint Coastguard Rescue Team with an incident in Pensarn. The incident was brought to a safe conclusion by Police so we returned to station.

Patrols continue today, and with one of the busiest days for HM coastguard yesterday, we expect today to be as busy too.

Please stay safe and if you spot anyone in difficulty at sea or on our coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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« Reply #247 on: June 18, 2020, 10:26:18 AM »
Rescue of a pair of  ............  , fishing in six-foot inflatable dinghy as storm approached.

A lifeboat was called out after two men were seen fishing in an inflatable dinghy as a massive thunderstorm approached.

The RNLI volunteers at Rhyl were dispatched after the men were spotted around 700 metres off the coast of Kinmel Bay at around 5pm on Tuesday.

They were brought back to shore - just before a huge thunderstorm arrived in the region.
A spokesman for Rhyl RNLI said: "When the inshore lifeboat crew arrived on scene they found two men, on a small 2m inflatable dinghy fishing.

"The two men were advised that without an engine and with the weather beginning to close in, they should make their way ashore, as it wouldn't be safe for them to remain at sea during the weather forecast.    ref Dp

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard
« Reply #248 on: June 27, 2020, 04:57:45 PM »
Very interesting film, with a local shot I think ?   the grounded yacht ?

 The RNLI's all-weather fleet is made up of five classes of lifeboat: the Tamar, Trent, Shannon, Mersey and Severn, each with their own unique features, but all designed to the tackle the very harshest sea conditions and keep their volunteer crews safe while they save lives at sea.

Since 2015, our all-weather lifeboats have been built and maintained in-house at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, Dorset. This facility and each of the lifeboats in the fleet was funded by our amazing supporters and their generous donations and legacy gifts.

*Please note the Mersey launched in 1988, not 1998

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Re: Air / Sea Rescue / RNLI / Coastguard ...West Shore web cam
« Reply #249 on: July 01, 2020, 12:20:10 PM »
West Shore Beach Cafe
about 3 weeks ago
I'm delighted to announce our wonderful Webcam that has had visitors from all over the world is now being used by the Coastguard and RNLI to help keep people safe on our beach.

I was approached in February by John Humberstone from the National Coastguard Institution and Mike Jones from the RNLI - they asked if they could use our Webcam to monitor the beach. It's a great honour to be asked to help out the heroes who constantly work together to keep us all safe.

So you may see the camera shoot off in the odd direction every now and then as the guys check the shoreline. But other than that our Webcam will keep bringing you all the fantastic views as usual. Happy Viewing Everybody

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« Reply #250 on: July 02, 2020, 09:50:11 AM »
Note the highlighted parts   $good$       ref Pioneer

LLANDUDNO lifeboat launched to aid a stricken vessel off Penrhyn Bay.
The town's RNLI inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson was called upon by HM Holyhead Coastguard on Wednesday, July 1 at about 9am.

The volunteer crew quickly reached a 6.8m amphibious rib which had suffered engine failure about one-mile offshore at Penrhyn Bay. There were two people on board.
After securing a tow-line the lifeboat proceeded to tow the rib to the safety of Porth Eirias.

Helm Mike Jones said: “We were pleased to find a well equipped and well serviced vessel, it was unfortunate mechanical failure and no fault of their own.

"They did all the right things including calling the coastguard for assistance.

"This was a good outcome, and our return journey from Porth Eirias allowed us to conduct some useful navigational training before returning to the boathouse.”

A spokesperson from the RNLI said: "We were able to successfully carry out our rescue while also safely adhering to all the procedures and precautions we have put in place during the Covid 19 situation.

"The craft involved was from Colwyn Bay and had also followed all the current guidelines including seeking authority to launch from the local agencies.”