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Yorkie saved after Mill Pond slip

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Owners Graham and Jackie Round: with lucky Yorkie, Ritchie

Owners Graham and Jackie Round: with lucky Yorkie, Ritchie

A DOG who fell into Pembroke Mill Pond on Monday (Apr 2) was rescued by a kind hearted woman, who was on her way to get her nails done.

Ritchie, a Yorkshire terrier, fell off a wall and into the water, and within seconds, passer-by Adeana Elaine, despite being unable to swim, jumped into the water to rescue him.

The Herald spoke to owners, Jackie and Graham Round, who said they felt absolutely ‘elated’, and didn’t even have time to thank her.

Jackie said:

“I saw the dog fly and land in the pond. Had I not seen it, we wouldn’t have given it a thought to look in the pond, but he literally flew! It was awful, terrible. It was just like one of your children falling in.”

Graham agreed, saying: “We both started to take our coats off, and we were arguing about who was going in. With that, this young girl ran up, and she threw her coat off and put her purse on the floor and she jumped in!

“The water stopped just above her head-it was that deep. I couldn’t believe it!”

We asked how long Ritchie was in the water for before Adeana came to the rescue. Jackie said: “Well, it feels like forever when you’re in that situation. We couldn’t reach down because of the height of the bank, so there was nothing we could do.”

She continued: “When she came out of the water, I put my coat around her and was kissing her all over! A chap said to her, ‘You deserve a medal for what you’ve done’, and with that she said ‘I’ve got to go’ – she said she was off to get her nails done!

“I followed her to thank her, and she said ‘I’ve got a doggy myself, I know exactly how you must be feeling, it must be horrendous’. She had no thought for herself at all – she was so, so lovely.”

Graham told The Herald that after they had gone home, it was revealed on social media that Miss Elaine couldn’t even swim. He said: “We found out after that she’s not much of a swimmer herself. She could just do a bit of a front paddle!”

We asked what their immediate thoughts and feelings were once Ritchie was returned, having been rescued from the pond.

Jackie said: “We were just elated. I haven’t got the words to say to her. She was such a lovely girl.”

Jackie also wished to thank Mr Roger Hart, who helped get Adeana out of the Mill Pond after Ritchie’s rescue.

Graham told The Herald: “We don’t know how we would have got her back out if it hadn’t been for Roger. When Adeana was half way out of the pond, she asked for a rest, and Roger was holding her there while she got her breath back before trying to pull her out a second time.”

He added: “If she hadn’t come along Ritchie wouldn’t be here today. if we had gone in we wouldn’t have been able to get him out. I couldn’t have got out – nobody would have been able to pull me out!”

Finally, we asked Jackie and Graham if they could say anything to Miss Elaine or Miss Hart, what would they say?

Jackie told The Herald: “Words fail me. I am so humbled by their actions. Kids today, youngsters get a very bad reputation sometimes, and it’s times like this you want to stick up for them and say they’re good people.”

Graham added: “If it was in my powers to give her a medal I would. She risked her whole life going in that pond. Bless her heart.”

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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