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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #360 on: February 28, 2022, 10:22:43 AM »
First story.........
A PERSON who was stuck on the cliffs on the Little Orme on Saturday (February 26) required the help of emergency services to be brought to safety.

The Llandudno Coastguard team was alerted to the event after North Wales Police (NWP) received reports a person shouting for help on the cliffs.

The casualty was found and brought to safety, with the Coastguard team returning to the area the following day to assess access points.

“The person was located by police officers assisted by the drone and was safely brought back to the roadside

“This morning (February 27), the team headed out to assess access points around the area where we have had access issues in the past.
“We were able to find new routes into difficult to reach places and will now be able to respond much quicker to casualties at these locations.”


Second story..........
WAST were called to the incident on Marine Drive at 16:10.
The Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) confirmed that they are responding to a motorcyclist road traffic collision (RTC) on Marine Drive, Llandudno.

The WAST confirmed that the air ambulance crews have flown one casualty to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-air-ambulance-lands-llandudno-23233562


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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #361 on: March 30, 2022, 09:49:57 AM »
  ))*    A picture has captured the moment a car was left submerged in the sea after the tide came in.

A lifeboat crew from Llandudno teamed up with the coastguard on Monday evening in a bid to save the stranded vehicle, but it could not be saved.

Llandudno's inshore lifeboat Dr. Barbara Saunderson was taken away from a training exercise in Llandudno Bay after they were alerted to the incident.

The lifeboat team was called in to assist the coastguard after the vehicle became submerged in the water due to the tide. The vehicle was at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay when the tide came in.

The incoming tide submerged the car despite the best efforts from the lifeboat crew and the coastguard team. Members of the public also joined in the effort and no injuries were reported from the incident.

RNLI crew member Luke Heritage said: "Regrettably we could not achieve a recovery but did leave a marker buoy as a navigational aid for a submerged hazard."

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #362 on: March 31, 2022, 10:06:47 AM »
Surprise as Sea King helicopter returns to the skies above Snowdonia

Walkers, climbers and aviation enthusiasts were surprised and delighted to see a former rescue helicopter fly around Snowdonia earlier this week. Once familiar sights in the mountains and along the coast the yellow Sea King aircraft were replaced by Coastguard helicopters in 2015.

Based at RAF Valley the Sea King helicopter was operated by both C flight, 22 Squadron and the Search and Rescue Training Unit. These units were where Prince William trained to fly search and rescue missions and where he later worked until he left the RAF to become an air ambulance polit.

The aircraft seen this week, XZ597, was based at Valley until 2014 and was preserved after retirement from RAF service and is now based with the Historic Helicopter charity in Somerset. It aims to preserve, maintain and operate a select fleet of unique, vintage and historic military helicopters.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/surprise-sea-king-helicopter-returns-23542376

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #363 on: April 01, 2022, 10:14:35 AM »
Update on the above story..........

Pictures show rescue operation after 4x4 was submerged in the sea
Drivers have been warned to beware of tide times if they are visiting the coast

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Re: 1950s RNLI lifeboat returns to Llandudno
« Reply #364 on: April 13, 2022, 02:10:21 PM »
A FORMER Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) vessel in Llandudno was successfully moved to a new location in the town yesterday afternoon (April 12).

Tillie Morrison Sheffield ON 851, which was stationed in Llandudno from 1953 until 1959, was moved via a low loader from Deganwy to Bodafon Farm Park.

After years of planning, Tillie departed Deganwy Marina at roughly 1.30pm, travelling past Maesdu Golf Club and Mostyn Broadway en route to Bodafon Farm Park, where she arrived at approximately 2.15pm.

Of the early RNLI lifeboats stationed in Llandudno, Tillie is the only one remaining; she was the first RNLI self-righting motor lifeboat with twin engines, and twin propellers.

In July 2014, following a public appeal for funds, social enterprise “Ships’ Timbers” bought Tillie, discovered as an abandoned fishing vessel, from a classic boat owner in Hartlepool.

Tillie was then brought back to North Wales and registered with National Historic Ships, and has since been kept within an open area of hard standing at Deganwy Marina - until now.

Ships’ Timbers' aim is to restore Tillie to her original form as a former RNLI lifeboat.

As a fully restored early wooden RNLI lifeboat, Tillie will be a tourist attraction, and provide an opportunity for people to learn about RNLI wooden boat construction, and the service history of the vessel.

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #365 on: May 05, 2022, 03:04:37 PM »
Two stories today again good and bad news...........

THE Llandudno Lifeboat Visits Team has seized the opportunity to engage with the public once more by providing an information service in the outdoor area adjacent to its Shannon lifeboat.

The service proved to be popular with almost 700 people visiting during the Easter weekend and the early May bank holiday.

After two years of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is gradually enabling public access to its stations.

Lifeboat Visits officer, Myfanwy Jones, said: “We have been delighted by the response to the access we are currently providing, and we look forward to gradually getting back to full use of our visitor centre as statutory restrictions and safety concerns permit.

“We are already able to take private tours of no more than eight people inside and we hope to extend this in due course.


26 PEOPLE drowned across North Wales in 2021, according to the National Water Safety Forum.
The report is the first release of the WAID fatality information for the 2021 calendar year, which has been compiled by Forum members from collecting data from a wide range of sources including the emergency services, sports governing bodies, coastguard, rescue services, coroners' courts and media reports.

Altogether, suspected accidents lead to 26 deaths in North Wales, while suspected suicides accounted for a further 14 deaths.

Of the fatalities in North Wales, five were in Conwy, four were in Gwynedd, three were on Anglesey and two were in Wrexham.

11 deaths were at a coast/shore/beach, while seven were in rivers.

Five deaths were reported where there was the presence of alcohol and/or drugs


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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #366 on: May 09, 2022, 09:39:34 AM »
We listened to the rescue helicopter moving in and out of range on Saturday for quiet some time, and checking Flightradar24 it was traveling between Llandulas and Llandudno and circling both, no reports until this morning ........

 Four people onboard a 32-foot cruiser were rescued off Llandudno after the boat hit a "submerged object" and started taking on water. The crash, which happened on Saturday afternoon, caused a mechanical issue and the ingress of water, the RNLI said.

Llandudno's all-weather lifeboat, William F Yates, was launched at 4.05pm following a mayday call from the vessel as it was drifting towards the pier. Fortunately, a local pleasure boat was in the vicinity and on hand to help the lifeboat crew. An HM Coastguard helicopter on exercise nearby also diverted to monitor the situation.

Shortly after the launch, the Llandudno lifeboat arrived at the scene and took the cruiser under tow. Coxswain Graham Heritage said: "In these situations, there is a critical need to thoroughly assess all the possible risks.

"We were satisfied that the water ingress was under control and it was safe to put a line on board and to start our gradual tow to Conwy Marina. On arrival at the marina, we were grateful to the marina staff who were there to meet us and arranged an emergency lift out."

The Llandudno lifeboat then began its return voyage to the boathouse. However, on leaving the estuary the crew were summoned to another incident involving a 39-foot yacht with a crew of six.

The yacht was also having mechanical difficulties and needing assistance to return to Conwy. For the second time, a tow was undertaken to Conwy Marina, before the lifeboat finally made its journey back to Llandudno at 7pm.

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #367 on: May 14, 2022, 09:41:59 AM »
RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteer crew in Llandudno had the opportunity this week to exercise with the HM Coastguard helicopter.

They were able to rehearse some of the drills they need to use in lifesaving operations and rescues.

Great skill is required by both sets of crew, and particularly the lifeboat coxswain and helicopter pilot.

The requirement for a casualty transfer is a procedure which is conducted on many occasions across the UK; it is considered to be one of the most exacting challenges faced by the RNLI lifesavers.

The Llandudno RNLI press officer, Jonathan Coe, said: “The exercise on Monday was a valuable opportunity for our volunteer crew members to get up close with the powerful Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter which is based at Caernarfon.

“It was particularly important for our newest volunteer crew members to have a first hand experience of working in close contact with such an impressive aircraft and learning what to expect in the future.”

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #368 on: May 15, 2022, 10:04:51 AM »
The Coastguard has launched a rescue mission in Llandudno this evening. Eyewitnesses say crews are dealing with an incident alongside the Great Orme.

It is believed a person may have got into difficulty on the cliff ledge. Crews were first spotted just before 10pm this evening (May 14).
The incident is on Happy Valley Road. Crews remain at the scene.

Four people and their pet have been rescued from the cliff edge and nobody was injured.

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #369 on: June 21, 2022, 09:58:15 AM »
LLANDUDNO'S all-weather lifeboat, William F Yates, was tasked to launch at 11.30am on Sunday (June 19).

The volunteer crew were called out to locate and assist a stranded vessel approximately five miles north of Llandudno.

The 36-foot sailing yacht, with six people on board, was soon located.

HM Coastguard then requested the lifeboat to tow the vessel to a safe mooring at Conwy Marina.

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Re: Nicola faith sinking report
« Reply #370 on: June 23, 2022, 09:56:44 AM »
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has today unveiled its findings into the accident some 13 months after the whelk potter was retrieved from the seabed. The report was released just 24 hours after the publication of a similar investigation into the loss of Newhaven-based Joanna C, a scallop dredger that sank in the English Channel on November 21, 2020, with the loss of two lives.

Like the Nicola Faith, it too was found to have been left unstable after being modified. Andrew Moll, chief inspector of marine accidents, said that, despite its modifications, the Nicola Faith ?could have been operated safely with care? but it was overloaded with gear and catches.

He said: ?On the day of the accident, the crew were relocating their (whelk) pots to a new area and were carrying a full day?s catch as well. The combined weight of the catch and fishing gear piled on deck was far more than the boat was designed to carry; it capsized, and all three crew were lost in that accident.

The MAIB report is critical of skipper Carl McGrath. It concluded he took ?several actions to improve the vessel?s fishing yield that compromised the safety of the vessel and those on board?.

The Nicola Faith was not fitted with a mandatory emergency beacon to alert rescuers. As a result, the boat was not reported overdue until 10am the next day, and the wreck wasn't located until April.

None of the crew wore Personal Flotation Devices, while Ross Ballantine and Alan Minard had not received mandatory sea safety training. None were equipped with personal locator beacons.        ref DP

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Re: Is swimming in lakes safe?
« Reply #371 on: June 26, 2022, 11:12:52 AM »
Is swimming in lakes safe? What to look for and how to stay safe in water this summer
As fun as it looks, you have to be extremely careful when it comes to swimming in lakes or rivers

As summer arrives, the temptation to wander out into nature and play around in the countryside can prove sorely tempting. But as inviting as a swim in a lake on a hot day can be, it can also prove sadly fatal to some

It is vital you, your friends, and your family are aware of the dangers, and how to possibly survive.

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Re: Rescue Services
« Reply #372 on: June 29, 2022, 01:48:31 PM »
HM COASTGUARD is now recruiting for new volunteers to join its Rescue Service in the North West of England and North Wales, including at Rhyl, Flint and Llandudno Coastguard?s Rescue Team.

Coastguard Rescue Teams are made up entirely of specially trained and equipped volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to a wide range of emergency incidents.

This includes people needing help in the water, mud rescue, rope rescue, medical emergencies, helicopter operations, missing person searches, and many other core skills.

Officers can be called out in all-weather conditions and may have to work in hazardous situations as well as carry out physically demanding tasks.

Coastguard Rescue Officers play a vital role in serving and supporting communities in which they work and live, helping to keep people safe in coastal areas and also by working our emergency service colleagues and other partner agencies.

If you are interested in joining HM Coastguard as a Coastguard Rescue Officer, you must:

Be aged 18 years or older.
Be physically fit and pass a Coastguard medical.
Be prepared and available to attend mandatory training and assessments.
Be prepared to respond in environments that will involve working in the water.
Be prepared to respond in environments involving heights.
Be aware of expectations in terms of availability to respond, including the probable disruption to private life and the likely impact on any primary or self-employment.
Live and/or work in a location that enables a timely response to incidents.
Hold a full UK driving licence.
Have transport to be able to attend Coastguard duties.
Have good availability, particularly during the working week.
Agree to the terms of and adhere to the Coastguard Rescue Service Code of Conduct.

Successful candidates must be available to attend training and assessments in Liverpool on January 23-26 and March 20-24, 2023.

For those keen to join the Coastguard Rescue Service and volunteer, please send a note of interest via e-mail to area15@mcga.gov.uk by July 22, including your name, age, current address and contact number, specifying the particular team you want to join.

For further information about what it is like to be a volunteer, visit: www.gov.uk/volunteer-as-a-coastguard/what-to-expect-as-a-volunteer.