NEW Quay RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched Saturday 22 August into Storm Ellen, in a force 5-7 south westerly wind and moderate to rough sea conditions, following reports that a person had fallen into the water from the cliffs near Cwmtydu.
Dan Potter, New Quay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat coxswain said,
“When we arrived on the scene, we found the casualty to the south of Cwmsilio beach, clinging to a rock on a ledge just above the water.”
Huw Williams, New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helm added,
“Having got close enough to establish that the casualty was cold and wet but unhurt, we considered various means of reaching her but, due to the large breaking waves, decided that the best means of extraction would be by helicopter.”
With New Quay Coastguard Rescue Team also in attendance, both lifeboats then stood by and monitored the casualty until Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 arrived from St Athan and winched the casualty to safety.
Both lifeboats were then tasked to search for a dog which had also entered the water. Dan Potter said,
“We carried out a shoreline search between Cwmtydu and New Quay but, whilst it was a good outcome for the person, unfortunately we were unable to find the dog.”
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager added,
“While walking on the coast be wary of cliff edges and always check the weather and tide times. If you are walking your dog, keep your dog on a lead, especially if you are close to the cliff edges.
Thanks to Kate Williams. Photo: RNLI Simon Rigby