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Five shouts in seven days for Angle Lifeboat Station

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VOLUNTEER crew at Angle Lifeboat Station had a busy week with five shouts in seven days, and three of those shouts took place within twenty-four hours.

The crews were paged shortly before 9am on the morning of Monday 29 July which turned out to be the first of five shouts in the next seven days. The all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch to a 30-foot fishing vessel, with two crew aboard, that had fouled their propeller off Great Castle Head near Dale.

Angle’s lifeboat arrived on scene and once a tow was rigged the fishing vessel crew managed to release themselves from the obstruction, but the propeller was still fouled.

The casualty was towed to Neyland Marina where they were safely berth alongside their berth an hour and half later.

As the crews were rehousing the lifeboat shortly after 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoon (July 30) after spending a day afloat carrying out training assessments with new crew members, a PanPan from a motor cruiser was received and the lifeboat was requested to launch. The 30 foot vessel had lost engine power off South Hook LNG Terminal jetty, the owner had deployed his anchor, but it wasn’t holding, and the vessel was drifting towards the jetty. As the lifeboat was proceeding to the casualty, and the anchor was now holding, a tow was rigged and the lifeboat proceeded to tow the motor cruiser away from the jetty towards Milford Marina.

Whilst heading up towards Milford Marina the owner managed to get the engine going and was happy enough to motor itself to its mooring upriver, so the tow was realised and the lifeboat provided an escort as far as Neyland and then returned to station.

Friday afternoon (August 3), shortly before 3pm, the crews were requested to launch to person in difficulty in the water off the entrance to Milford docks. As the lifeboat arrived on scene the person had managed to make their way safely ashore, but their dinghy was still anchored some distance off the entrance. The casualty was taken back to their dinghy by the lifeboat where the anchor was recovered, and they made their way to the mackerel stage pontoon and the lifeboat returned to station.

Shortly after 2am, in the early hours of Saturday morning (Aug 3), the crews were woken up by their pagers alerting them to persons in the water off the Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal. Angle’s lifeboat launched and was proceeding at best speed to the area and once on scene it was confirmed that the persons had been recovered from the water. The lifeboat released and returned to station.

Just after 12pm on Saturday afternoon the lifeboat was launched to its fifth shout of the week to a 37 feet yacht with engine failure and some issues with their sails off Linney head. The yacht had two persons aboard, with one crew member suffering with sea sickness, and was continuing to sail towards Milford when the lifeboat arrived and scene.

A crew member was then transferred to the yacht from the lifeboat to assist the skipper in getting the sail stowed and a tow rigged. Once completed a course was set for Milford Marina.

At the Marina entrance the yacht was taken alongside the lifeboat and placed on the Mackerel Stage pontoon. Once secured, the lifeboat was released and returned to station some two hours after launching.

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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