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Zac’s family pens words of thanks for ongoing support from local community



CARLI NEWELL, Zac’s mother, who works as a journalist at The Pembrokeshire Herald, wrote an emotional post on social media this week thanking the community.

Carli wrote: “As a family, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire community for your outpouring of love, support and comfort during the most horrendous time we will ever experience. Although we haven’t been able to reply to everyone individually, not a single thing has gone unnoticed.

We have been completely overwhelmed with your gestures and generosity.

No words will ever describe how much your support means to us.

We are sorry if there is anyone we haven’t managed to reply to, but please know, we have found such huge comfort in reading everyone’s comments about our beautiful boy. Everyone has so many stories to tell and photos to share, it’s been incredible to see how many people loved our baby. The amount of lives he has touched in his short years is truly unbelievable and is a credit to his cheeky, mischievous and caring nature.

To Zac’s superhero big brother, Tyler, who jumped back in and tried desperately hard to save Zaccy. You always have and always will be Zac’s best friend and his number one hero. We are so unbelievably proud of you and your bravery.

To the two absolute heroes who first got to zaccy and gave him everything they had to give, so he had the best possible chance, the RNLI, the Coastguard and all emergency services who helped at the scene, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and soul.

To the phenomenal staff at Glangwili Hospital who worked for almost 7 hours to get our boy stable enough to go to Cardiff. We will never forget your efforts, and without you we would never have got those last few hours to spend with our baby and say goodbye. You were all absolutely amazing and we are forever indebted to you.

Zac really was a one of a kind. There will never be another like our Zaccy boy.

Arrangements are being made to celebrate the life of Zac and we will release them once everything is confirmed.

Again, words cannot express how truly thankful we are to each and every one of you for all you have done and are continuing to do for us.”

The family said they noticed on social media that there was some criticism after a Pembrokeshire Herald car was seen rushing to the scene of the incident, however the family said they would like to confirm it was in fact them making their way to the scene after being contacted by the emergency services.

The staff at The Pembrokeshire Herald wish to express their condolences to the family on the loss of Zac.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Zac was well known to us all, having spent many days during school holidays at the office. We have been, of course, all shocked and saddened by the terrible news, and we have promised to help in any way possible whilst Carli and her family work to rebuild their lives, following this awful tragedy” – Tom Sinclair , Editor.


Large emergency service mobilisation to assist driver who went over cliff near oil refinery



POLICE, ambulance, coastguard, and RNLI and two helicopters were all involved in the extraction of a casualty from a vehicle which had gone over a cliff and landed on the beach at Popton Fort very near to Valero Oil Refinery on Thursday morning.

The emergency call came just after 6.30am, with a large number of rescuers arriving quickly to assist the driver of the vehicle.

Valero oil refinery confirmed that the incident did not involve their facility.

RNLI Angle posted on social media saying the following: “Our crew were paged at 6:37am to a vehicle over the cliff near Popton Fort.

“A vehicle had left the road and fallen onto the beach below.

“Police, ambulance, the fire service and St Govans and Tenby coastguard rescue teams were already on scene, however the lifeboat was requested to assist with evacuating the casualty due to the difficult location.

“Following assessment and stabilisation by paramedics, it was decided that the casualty’s injuries were potentially too severe for transfer by sea, but not ruled out completely due to the incoming tide.

“With this, a request was made for the air ambulance to attend.

“With the air ambulance paramedics now on scene, their assessment was that evacuation by helicopter would be the most appropriate, therefore a further request was made for the a coastguard rescue helicopter to attend and evacuate the casualty.

“With the option of evacuation by lifeboat still a possibility, the all-weather lifeboat stood off should it be required.

“With the coastguard helicopter now on scene, the casualty was handed over into the helicopter for onward transfer to hospital.

“The lifeboat was stood down to return to station, arriving back at 8:30am.”

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National Park Trust supporters take a walk on the wild side



SUPPORTERS of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust were treated to a dazzling display of wildlife during a recent guided walk through Skrinkle Meadow.

The event, which took place against a backdrop of glorious summer weather, was arranged as a way of expressing thanks to Trust supporters and highlighting the importance of meadows and the Trust’s Make More Meadows campaign.

The Make More Meadows campaign has been running since April 2019, and seeks to reverse a dramatic national decline in wildflower meadows over the last 75 years. So far, it has raised enough money to support 13 meadow sites, covering a total of 132 hectares and providing vital habitats for pollinators and other wildlife.

Director of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust Jessica Morgan said: “The Walk and Talk event at Skrinkle was an excellent opportunity to showcase the colourful results of meadow restoration, and our thanks go to National Park Authority Ranger Service Manager Libby Taylor, whose expertise turned this into a thoroughly enjoyable visit. National Park Authority Wardens have worked for years to improve biodiversity at Skrinkle Meadow, and seeds from the meadow have been used to create other wildflower meadows in the Park.

“On this occasion, six-spot burnet moths stole the show, but in previous years Skrinkle Meadow has provided some of the best orchid displays and richest variety of wildflowers in the county.”

The meadow regeneration theme was of particular interest to many of the attendees, who either have meadows of their own, or are considering establishing new ones.

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Paddleboarder with suspected wrist fracture assisted by Fishguard RNLI



ON SATURDAY (Aug 13), a female paddleboarder, who decided to take a swim when located at Aber Bach, unfortunately fractured her wrist when diving from a nearby rock. Her female companion called for assistance which resulted in Fishguard RNLI’s inshore lifeboat being tasked to the scene, located between Fishguard and Dinas Head.

The inshore lifeboat, with three crew members, launched at 2.20pm and arrived on scene at 2.40pm. Her injury was assessed by a crew member, who is a practicing doctor, and she and her companion were transferred to Pwllgwaelod beach where their car was located and they drove to Withybush Hospital for further treatment.

The lifeboat then returned to base at 3.00pm.

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