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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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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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