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Chinese sailor’s fortunate rescue

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fortunate rescueA SAILOR was dramatically rescued after falling into the sea four miles off St Ann’s Head, and was airlifted to hospital in Swansea.

The crew member fell from a tanker just before 7pm on Monday and was in the water for around 10 minutes before being rescued by crew members from the Port Authority pilot boat, Picton.

The casualty was flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, after being transferred to the Angle Lifeboat, where he was treated by Paramedics. The sailor, a Chinese national from the crude tanker Dai Li Hu was treated for hypothermia. He has since returned to the ship.

The crew aboard the Picton who assisted in the rescue – during a dangerous three metre North Atlantic swell – were Coxswain Barrie Gale, Chris Tambling and Ben Ford.

A member of the crew on the Svitzer tug boat, which was there to escort the tanker, said: “We managed to get a line to the guy but the pilot boat asked us to let him go. Due to the swell we could not allow the tug and pilot boat to get too close to each other. The tug backed off and then the pilot boat crew pulled him out of the water. It was a cold night, so important to get him out of the water as quickly as possible. The Lifeboat press office told The Herald: “As the lifeboat arrived the man had been pulled from the water by the company’s pilot boat. Luckily for the casualty, a person on a nearby tug had seen the man falling from the tanker and the pilot boat immediately rushed over to help pull him from the water. When the all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene an RNLI crew member was transferred from the lifeboat to the pilot boat and to assess the casualty and gave him first aid until the RAF helicopter arrived. The casualty was then winched from the pilot boat by helicopter and transferred to hospital.”

Lewis Creese, Angle RNLI Coxswain said:

‘It was very lucky that someone spotted the man fall from the tanker last night, and if it wasn’t for the quick reaction of the crew from the tug and pilot boat the outcome could have been very different.’

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Haverfordwest High School ski trip updated statement

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Haverfordwest High VC School is closed for a pre-arranged Inset day today (Wednesday, 26th February) for staff training.

The school is intending to re-open tomorrow (Thursday) in line with guidance from Public Health Wales.

The family of two pupils who went on a family trip to Northern Italy over half-term have also sought advice from Public Health Wales. Although the family visited the region of Veneto, they did not visit the quarantined town of Vo. The advice for them is the same as for other people who have visited Northern Italy – that they do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or fever. Neither of the pupils have presented any symptoms.

To view the statement released by the school yesterday (Tuesday), please visit https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/haverfordwest-high-school-ski-trip-statement

* For the latest advice on coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Wales website at https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-in-china/

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Pembroke child was kept in almost ‘unimaginable filth and deprivation’

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WHEN Police entered a Pembroke house to investigate an allegation a child was being kept in unsanitary, they found a scene of almost unimaginable filth and deprivation.
On Tuesday (Feb 25), Magistrates in Haverfordwest heard Police officers attended the property earlier this year. They were barely able to open its door to squeeze inside the filthy dwelling.
Officers found the rotting corpse of a dog on the kitchen floor, the toilet bowl overflowing with excrement, and water with a film of scum in the sink.
No food was found in the fridge apart from a single container of out-of-date coleslaw.
The woman’s bedroom was littered with empty boxes of wine.
When officers examined the child’s bedroom, they found the child grubby and unkempt. The child hadn’t been washed for a long time. Its only food appeared to be rice scattered on its bed.
The child is now in foster care.
Given the seriousness of the case, the Prosecution invited the Bench to send the case to Swansea Crown Court.
Neither the child nor its mother can be named for legal reasons.
Mr David Elvey, defending, did not object to the Crown’s application and made no submissions on his client’s behalf.
Magistrates committed the case to Swansea Crown Court for a hearing on March 27.
The Bench extended the woman’s unconditional bail to the Crown Court date.

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Last Pembroke bank to close HSBC confirms

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THE LAST bank branch in Pembroke is due to close in the summer, HSBC has confirmed this week. Pembroke is one of 27 branches HSBC is set to close by the end of this year, with the Pembroke branch closing on July 31.

The bank has said that jobs may be at risk due to the closure.

HSBC was the last bank in Pembroke. Barclays and Santander closed last year.

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