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Tenby: Praise for harbour team as yacht sinks

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THE TENBY Harbourmaster and his assistant have been praised for the help they gave the crew of a sinking yacht over the weekend.

Chris Salisbury and his assistant, Jack Oliver, worked long hours in a bid to save the vessel and prevent a pollution incident in Tenby harbour.

The Zest, with a two-man crew from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, was moored to the harbour wall when it began sinking on Saturday morning’s incoming tide.

“When we arrived on the scene shortly before 8.30 the vessel was taking in water fast” explained Chris. “We began removing all 50 litres of fuel, set up a salvage pump and arranged for an oil pollution kit to be stationed.”

Unfortunately the ingress of water was more than the pump could handle and shortly afterwards the Zest was under water, despite attempts to effect short-term repairs.

Chris and Jack returned later that night to secure the Zest and advised other boat owners to move their vessels.

The next day they contacted Dale Sailing and Davies Crane Hire and on Monday the yacht was removed onto a barge and taken to Neyland.

Their response drew thanks from the Zest’s owner, Ian Aitken of Barry.

“I have told Chris and Jack how grateful I am. Their calm response and hard work made a horrid stressful day much better than it could have been.”

There was also praise from Tenby County Councillor Michael Williams, himself a member of the town’s seafaring community.

Said Councillor Williams: “They went about their duties in an exemplary way preventing what could have been a considerable pollution event. They also secured the vessel and assisted the owners who were in a state of considerable shock.

“They went well beyond what could be reasonably expected of them and are wonderful ambassadors for Tenby harbour and Pembrokeshire County Council.”

Chris Salisbury said he was grateful to surveyor Ben Sutcliffe, Dale Sailing and Davies Crane Hire of Milford Haven for their quick response.

He added: “We have always been very fortunate in Tenby harbour that the local community, boat owners and the RNLI always pull together and will help out anyone in distress.”

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Crocodiles to appear at Folly Farm in early 2020

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A PAIR of crocodiles is set to join the Folly Farm family and be shown off in a new enclosure. The West African Dwarf crocodiles will take their place in the Tropical Trails exhibit next February.

The fascinating reptiles are classified as vulnerable due to being hunted for their meat and having their habitats destroyed. The crocs are labelled as ‘dwarf’ in name only, as both are over five foot long at 29 years old. Folly Farm is re-homing them from Drayton Manor Park, their home for several years, as it is currently renovating its crocodile enclosures.

The female of the duo was caught in the wild as part of the illegal pet trade and seized by customs whilst her male companion was captive-bred at Barcelona Zoo. The two crocs will join sloths, bats and snakes in the Tropical Trails enclosure.

Folly Farm’s zoo curator, Tim Morphew, said: “Tropical Trails seeks to highlight the issues of habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, so these new additions will be a flagship species for the conservation messages we’re trying to deliver. We’re designing the enclosure to replicate the swampy, forest habitats in Africa with plenty of glass viewing windows so our visitors will get a good view of these powerful creatures.”

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Community Engagement Event in Narberth

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A PART of the roll out of information about the Household Waste and Recycling Changes, Pembrokeshire County Council will have information and advice for local residents.  It is a chance to find out about:

  • Reusable Nappy Scheme
  • Absorbent Hygiene Product collections (AHP’s)
  • Availability of assisted collections
  • Kerbside Sort – New method and new containers
  • Additional recyclable household items
  • Text alerts for collection days

There will also be plans on show of the current active travel routes in Narberth and residents will be able to discuss and comment on how they work for the town and how they could be improved whilst planning for the future.

An officer from Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport Charity, will also demonstrate what has been done so far with the multi user route from Narberth to Haverfordwest and what plans there are for the future.

Cllr. Vic Dennis said

“All 3 of these pieces of work are part of the local efforts to reduce carbon and improve our environment, along with helping us to access and enjoy our environment.  I am delighted that we have staff from County Hall here to advise and answer questions as well as listen to local people.

The roll out for the new recycling and waste collection is planned for 4th November so it will be very timely to have this information available before then.  Join us in the Sports Hall at Bloomfield Community Centre, Narberth between 1-4pm on Weds 23rd October 2019.

I hope that residents from the surrounding area will also take the opportunity to join us to find out more.”

This is a part of a wide information campaign so look out for further information in the press, on social media and on the website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

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‘Man o’ war’ creatures wash up on Pembrokeshire shores

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PEMBROKESHIRE residents are being warned to be careful on beaches after sightings of stinging jellyfish.
‘Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war’ have been washed up in Freshwater East and West, Newgale, Amroth and Angle in Pembrokeshire and the coastguard are requesting any sightings to be reported to them immediately.

The creatures, which resemble jellyfish but are a species of siphonophore, cause painful stings if people come in contact with their tentacles. Similar sightings have been reported on beaches in Cornwall and Ireland and it is thought that the recent Storm Lorenzo has brought more of the creatures to the Welsh waters.

Freshwater East Coast Care Group, which has been monitoring numbers at Freshwater beach, said they had collected about 60 of the creatures so far and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has since warned people not to touch them, not to walk barefoot on the beach and to keep pets away.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park said: “If you or your dog are stung and experience severe or lasting pain seek medical or veterinary advice immediately.”

According to National Geographic, the creatures, whose scientific name is Physalia Physalis, look like jellyfish but are not classed as such because what looks like one organism is a colony of organisms, known as polyps, working together.
True jellyfish are single organisms and the ‘man o’ war’ are carnivorous invertebrates and have a gas-filled bladder which floats above the water, and tentacles which deliver their sting. The tentacles can grow up to 165ft (50m) in length so caution is advised if one is spotted at your local beach.

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