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Tenby yacht saved twice in twenty four hours

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A YACHT had to be saved from waters around Tenby by the RNLI twice in twenty four hours.

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 2pm on Friday (Apr 13) after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a yacht in Carmarthen Bay to say they were taking on water.

After a brief search, the volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel about seven miles east of Tenby.

The lifeboat then went alongside the vessel, where the crew requested a tow to Tenby. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht, where its crew confirmed the bilge pump was broken.

Luckily, one of the lifeboat crew is also one of the station’s deputy mechanics and fixed the bilge pump whilst on the way back to Tenby. Once back in Tenby, the vessel was placed on one of the outside moorings, and the lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 3.15pm.

Less than 24 hours later, Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch following a report that a yacht had gone aground on Tenby’s Whiteback in thick fog and choppy seas.

Shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday (Apr 14), the lifeboat was on the scene, with the crew recognising the yacht as the same one the all-weather lifeboat had rescued the day before. Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the skipper of the yacht had been taken ashore by a windsurfer and was in their company on South Beach.

With the vessel well aground, the helmsman of the lifeboat made the decision to request the extra power of the all-weather lifeboat. The all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene.

The inshore lifeboat then took the tow rope and made it fast on the bow of the yacht. The vessel was then towed off the sandbank and around to Tenby harbour where it was put safely alongside the pier. The lifeboats then rehoused at 3.10pm.

Tenby’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat is housed inside a modern slipway station situated on the north side of Castle Hill complete with a public gallery where visitors can watch the lifeboat launch.

The station’s D class inshore lifeboat is housed at Tenby Harbour.

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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