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Broad Haven: Lifeboat crew praised after dramatic rescue

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Brave rescuers: The lifeboat launching in heavy seas last night

Brave rescuers: The lifeboat launching in heavy seas last night

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crew members at Little and Broad Haven RNLI have been praised for their skills, bravery and decision making after they launched into huge waves and darkness to rescue a man and to dogs cut off by the tide.

Dramatic video footage was captured by Doug Evens.

Andy Grey, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at the Pembrokeshire station, said the seamanship of the volunteer Helm and the skills of the crew of the inshore lifeboat as eight to 10 foot waves rolled in in pitch black darkness should be commended.

The crew was requested to launch last night (Oct 29) after a man and two dogs were cut off by the tide. The crew was paged at 6.54pm after Milford Coastguard received two phone calls from members of public who heard cries of help coming from Broad Haven.

The RNLI charity’s D-class inshore lifeboat launched into rough seas and was on scene around 7.05pm and saw a person and two dogs at the north end of Broad Haven, just off Emet Rock, cut off by the tide.

Waves were crashing up on the rocks where he was standing.

Wave sets were rolling in at around five foot, but despite the difficult conditions, the crew managed to put a member ashore to assess the casualty’s condition. He was generally okay but had a slight ankle injury and was cold.

The volunteer crew member moved him further up the rocks to safety as the tide had turned and the waves had picked up in size to a good eight foot.

Coastguard staff were also on scene and told the lifeboat crew that the rescue helicopter was on standby. After sitting off shore and judging the situation, the lifeboat Helm decided the helicopter was the safest way of evacuating the man, the dogs and the RNLI crew member from on the rocks.

The helicopter was on scene at about 8.07pm and the man, the two dogs and the landed lifeboat crew member were lifted and put on top of the cliff in Broad Haven and were met by Broad Haven Coastguards.

After that the lifeboat crew sat off Little Haven for around an hour but LOM Andy Grey decided it was too dangerous to recover the lifeboat at Little Haven with the size of the waves dumping on the slipway.

The lifeboat was brought ashore at 9.30pm in Broad Haven, where four other crew members were readied and standing by on shore, along with Broad Haven Coastguard, who were setting off parachute flares to illuminate area and help the Helm land the boat.

Andy Grey said: ‘The bravery and skill of the Helm and crew during last night’s shout was fantastic.

‘It was pitch black and the huge waves were almost impossible to see so the Helm showed a cool head and fantastic seamanship to land a crew member to the rocks where the casualty and his dogs were. They were in danger due to the rapidly building swell and full tide.

‘As the swell picked up so rapidly, it was a correct decision to call for assistance from the helicopter to evacuate the casualty and then landing the boat on Broad Haven in such huge waves required a huge amount of skill.

‘I would also like to thank the four other RNLI crew members who, in full kit, came to help recover the boat with the help of the coastguard. It was a real team effort.’

 

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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