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Four rescued as Milford Haven fishing boat sinks

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All hands saved: The Cesca

All hands saved: The Cesca

 

Praised: Skipper Jake Bowman-Davies

Praised: Skipper Jake Bowman-Davies

A DRAMATIC rescue operation unfolded last night (Feb 12), as a Milford Haven based fishing boat sank off the north Wales coast.

An RAF helicopter and a lifeboat were called on to rescue four men after

The Cesca got into difficulties off the Llyn peninsula.

The Herald understands that the boat got into difficulties after she started to take on water.  After attempts were made to stop the leak, the captain, Jake Bowman-Davies, took the decision to abandon ship, and a distress call was made to HM Coastguard at 10.20pm.
cesca3The four-man crew was airlifted from the boat’s life raft to Bangor hospital, but later released.

The Herald has learned that the sixteen-year-old skipper of the vessel was praised by rescuers for his handling of the situation, which led to all hands being saved.

A coastguard spokesperson told The Herald: “Holyhead Coastguard coordinated the rescue of 4 fishermen last night after their vessel started taking on water at the start of its fishing trip.”

“Yesterday the fishing vessel ‘Cesca’ reported that it was on route from Milford to Conwy and was taking on water. The crew were using pumps to try and keep the level on water down but they weren’t able to keep up with the flow. As the situation was getting worse they called the Coastguard for assistance.”

RAF_Rescue_Helicopter“The RAF search and rescue helicopter based at RAF Valley was sent to the scene. Whilst trying to drop more pumps on the fishing vessel the ‘Cesca’s’ engines stopped and the Captain made the decision to abandon ship. The crew were winched by the helicopter and taken to safety.”

HM Coastguard Robert Bowyer said: “It’s often a difficult judgement call for any Captain to call for assistance and even more difficult to leave his vessel, which is his livelihood. By calling for assistance when he did the Captain of the ‘Cesca’ gave the rescue services time to get on scene and try and save his vessel. Although they did have to abandon ship he and his crew are safe and well this morning.”

Flt Lt Al Conner of RAF Valley told the said: “We went with the intention of delivering a pump to help them pump out but all four had abandoned to the liferaft. Flt Sgt Neil Cooper and winch operator Mike Bosier-Wyles got the men aboard, while pilot Wg Cmdr ‘Sparky’ Dunlop kept her steady, and we took them to hospital in Bangor. All the men were ok, although they were cold and wet.”

The cause of the vessel’s sinking remains unknown.

 

 

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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