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Struggling kayakers rescued by Angle Lifeboat

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TWO kayakers who were spotted struggling against the tide were assisted back to shore by Angle Lifeboat.

A call came through at 7.35pm on Sunday evening (Jul 18)  that two kayakers were spotted from the shore south of Jack’s Sound.

The crew from Angle RNLI launched the Lifeboat and reached the kayakers just after 8.01pm.

The two paddlers and their equipment were taken aboard the Lifeboat and taken to Martins Head where they were refloated and paddled back to shore to be met by HM Coastguard Dale.

The two kayakers were met by HM Coastguard Dale (Photo from Angle RNLI Facebook)

An Angle RNLI spokesperson said: “Second shout of the day for Angle Lifeboat this evening!

“The crew were paged at 19:35 to two kayakers, spotted  from the shore, that were south of Jack’s Sound and appeared to be struggling against the tide.

“The lifeboat made good speed in the perfect conditions and at 20:01 found the kayakers one mile south of Jack’s Sound. They were tired but otherwise well. The paddlers and their kayaks were taken aboard Angle Lifeboat and they were taken to Martins Haven where they were refloated and they paddled ashore to be met by HM Coastguard Dale at 20:20.

“Angle Lifeboat and her crew then headed home and rehoused at 21:00. She was refuelled ready for the next time the pagers sound.”

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3-year-old boy killed in tragic accident on farm near Clynderwen

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A YOUNG CHILD has been tragically killed in a vehicle collision on private land near Clynderwen, the police have confirmed.

A spokesperson for the police told The Pembrokeshire Herald on Wednesday (Aug 4) “Dyfed-Powys Police was alerted to a collision involving a vehicle and a child at a private property in the Clynderwen area at approximately 7pm on Tuesday, August 3.

“Sadly, a three-year-old boy died at the scene.

“An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is ongoing and the family is being supported by specialist officers.

“The Health and Safety Executive and HM Coroner have been informed. Nobody else was injured.”

The Herald understands that the incident involves an agricultural vehicle.

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St. Davids’ Jasmine Joyce scores opening try in Rugby 7’s win against USA

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With just one minute gone, Jasmine Joyce made a fantastic start for GB by crossing the line. Abbie Brown doubled the advantage heading into halftime.

Joyce added GB’s third converted try to make it 21-0 before the USA responded.

Kristi Kirshe crossed and Naya Tapper then went over at the finish for the American team but they could not make up the deficit.

“We had to stay in it,” said Brown. “We were backing each other up and we didn’t let them go. We are all about heart and desire – I am so proud of everyone.”

The GB team had earlier beaten Kenya 31-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals at Tokyo Stadium.

This is an impressive win for Team GB and it guarantees them a place in the semi-finals – where they’ll take on France.

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Trial bathing water testing project makes a splash

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A TRIAL project is making waves in the way the quality of bathing water is recorded and how that information is presented to those thinking of taking a dip.

Launched during the baking hot weather and at the start of the school holidays, the project run by Pembrokeshire County Council aims to develop an information platform for local people, visitors and activity groups to detail the bathing quality away from Blue Flag beaches.

As an Authority, Pembrokeshire County Council is very proud to have the most Blue Flag beaches in the whole of the UK, and this is testament to the fantastic water quality that we have.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the coast is blessed with these conditions and water quality can change on a regular basis

For the project, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Pollution Control Team will take up to six samples, across the period of the school summer holidays.

The team will then provide weekly information on bathing water results, framed against the EU Bathing Water Standards.

Pollution Control Lead Officer, Nathan Miles, said: “To achieve Blue Flag status, it is pretty well known that beaches must meet strict criteria on bathing water quality.

“But we understand that people like to swim right around our coast, not just at Blue Flag beaches, so we thought this trial could provide the bathing water quality information where there’s interest in open water swimming.

“The project is centred around water quality and water safety and linking up with local community councils and interested groups such as the Bluetits Chill Swimmers.

“We are looking for community partners or local councils to develop signage and noticeboards as well as use social media to provide information on water quality and safety in their area.”

Members of the Bluetits were on hand this week to launch the project as Council Pollution Technician Scott Findlay took a sample from Solva Harbour.

That sample will be analysed in the lab and the Bluetits informed of the water quality at the harbour.

Bluetits Chill Swimmers Director Sarah Mullis, said: “We as an organisation believe in giving swimmers the information and tools to increase their knowledge of their local waters in order for them to make choices and take responsibility for their own safety so that they can access all of the benefits that we know open water swimming brings. 

“Up until now this has been in the form of short films on rip currents, waves, tides etc. The data that has already come from this water testing scheme, and talking to Scott about what affects the readings has been fascinating, and we are learning new things about the water we swim in every day.

Pollution Technician: Scott Findlay takes a sample for testing from Solva Harbour (Pic PCC)

“We intend to share this knowledge with our community of 15,000 Bluetits, so this scheme won’t just help Solva Bluetits, but those worldwide to be aware of what may affect the quality of the waters that mean so much to us.”

Cllr Mark Carter, County Councillor for Solva added: “It is great to see this initiative between PCC and the community of Solva that gives local and visiting open water swimmers the information and confidence to make the most of the beautiful area that is Solva harbour.” 

Bruce Payne, Clerk of Solva Community Council said water is the driving force of nature and Solva’s bathing water is precious and must be protected.

He added: “The water testing scheme is very important to the community council. It helps safeguard the water quality for everyone.

“Water sports is also a vital component of village and harbour life. We care about our shared harbour environment and want everyone to be safe and to enjoy the clean seawater of Solva.”

For more information and to get involved in the trial project, contact Nathan Miles on 01437 764551.

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