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Yachtsman fined after ferry near-miss



Near miss: Andrew Humble tracked in front of the ferry

Near miss: Andrew Humble
tracked in front of the ferry

ON MONDAY (Oct 27), an experienced sailor appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court after he broke Milford Haven Harbour bylaws by obstructing commercial shipping in his vessel. Andrew Humble, aged 59 of Market Street in Haverfordwest pleaded guilty to the charge. In August this year, Humble was master of the vessel ‘Selukwe’, which ‘tacked right in front of a ferry’ when returning from Ireland. On that day, a yacht race involving five yachts was taking place, which had to be called off due to The Port Authority fearing there could be a complication involving the Irish Ferry, which had to ‘take action to avoid the yacht’.

Alistair Veck, Milford Haven Port Authority’s solicitor said: “It was a near miss in the Milford Haven waterway. Salukwe impeded the route of the ferry”, and in a statement, the ferry’s captain said: “Salukwe tacked right in front of us.” Humble told the court that he now knew he tacked on to the ferry’s course and that he takes the requirement to avoid commercial shipping ‘very seriously’.

Magistrates fined him £200 and ordered him to pay £775.80 court costs and £20 victim surcharge. Bill Hirst, Harbourmaster of the Port of Milford Haven told The Herald: “Mr Humble’s prosecution highlights an extremely important issue of safety of which all users of the river need to be aware. In recent years there have been several incidents where leisure craft have impeded the ferry entering and leaving the Haven.

This successful prosecution should act as a warning to others. The Port of Milford Haven works hard to ensure all river users from kayaks to supertankers can share the waterway in safety. But there are times when your safety and that of others becomes your responsibility. Despite repeated horn warnings from the Irish Ferry, Mr Humble failed to act as it approached, believing he was in the clear.

The Irish Ferry’s speed at this time was close to 20 knots. It would be covering one nautical mile in just three minutes. Mr Humble, skippering his yacht in the Dale regatta yacht race, would have had little time to react to a potential collision if the ferry had not altered course and left the navigable channel. Leisure craft must not impede any vessel that, because of its size, needs to remain in the deep channel.

The Port of Milford Haven works closely with leisure users through the Marine Leisure manager and Water Ranger to get this message out and will on occasion limit the movements of large vessels to allow regattas and other events to take place. However, if you are in charge of any vessel responsibility for your own safety often comes down to you alone.”

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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head



Image Credit - RNLI Penny Harris

ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor



A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police



POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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