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Bank Holiday Weekend Mayday call for St Brides Bay RNLI

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ST DAVIDS RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley and Little Haven inshore lifeboat launched at 2.19pm after a direct page from Milford Haven coastguard.

The small dinghy had launched from Solva harbour but capsized off Pointz Castle beach. The three passengers spent more than half an hour in the water before the alarm was raised after being spotted by an onlooker with binoculars from the cliff top.

Numerous other vessels responded to the Mayday, with Newgale beach lifeguards first on scene.

The lifeguards managed to pull one casualty from the water and onto their jet ski rescue sled. The two remaining casualties were rescued from the water by local vessels, who also secured the sinking dinghy by its bowline.

Arriving on scene, St Davids and Little Haven volunteer crews brought all the casualties onboard the Tamar class lifeboat where casualty care, warm blankets and drinks were offered.

With the casualties safely aboard, the next task was to see if the dinghy could be saved. Some careful manoeuvring of the casualty vessel between the two lifeboats allowed St Davids RNLI to use a salvage pump to drain the majority of the water from the vessel.

Little Haven crew emptied the remaining water using a bailer and bucket before towing the casualty dinghy back to Solva harbour, with St Davids lifeboat as escort.

Little Haven inshore lifeboat transferred the three casualties ashore, along with the remaining sailing equipment that had been salvaged from the sea.

St Davids Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting at Solva harbour to assist. St Davids all-weather lifeboat then escorted Little Haven inshore lifeboat back across St Brides Bay to Little Haven before returning to station and rehousing at 4.45pm.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, said: ‘Despite the calm conditions, these casualties spent over half an hour in the water before the alarm was raised, and it was very difficult to spot the casualties in the sea. It is vital that people wear lifejackets if heading to sea, and vessels should have a means of calling for help, such as a waterproof pouch for a mobile, VHF radio and a personal locator beacon. This rescue had a positive outcome thanks to the response from everyone involved. This could have very easily been a tragic event.’

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Hub Cymru Africa announces Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel as its new host

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TEN years after the founding of Hub Cymru Africa partnership, the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel will take over as the new host-partner, replacing the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

Following 10 years as hosts of the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) will be replaced as host partners by the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). WCIA will continue to remain a member of the partnership.

The Hub Cymru Africa Partnership does important work in supporting the global solidarity sector, and the Wales and Africa Community. We will continue to do this.

SSAP has brought invaluable expertise to the Hub Cymru Africa partnership from inclusion, diversity and our ongoing Reframing the Narrative project. This next phase of the Partnership will build on this work into the future, with an African diaspora-led organisation at the helm.

Announcing the move, Head of Hub Cymru Africa, Claire O’Shea said: “We’re grateful for the leadership and role that WCIA has given to the partnership and the global solidarity sector over the last ten years.”

“As we continue our work to better represent and serve our partners here in Wales and in Africa, and implement our values of justice and anti-racism, it is right that SSAP steps in as the new host of Hub Cymru Africa.”

Fadhili Maghiya, CEO of SSAP said: “The Wales and Africa Programme has grown from strength to strength over the years. Built on mutuality, lifelong connections and learning from each other, the programme has grown into a vibrant sector working in global solidarity. Through the inclusion agenda and important projects such as the Race Equality Action Plan, the sector is always pushing boundaries and involving communities across Wales. 

“I’m looking forward to continuing this work and building on our successes as the new hosts of the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership.”

Dr Gill Richardson, Co-Chair of WCIA said: “I’d like to thank the amazing Hub Cymru Africa team for all they’ve done over the past 10 years that WCIA has had the privilege to host. We celebrate all that has been achieved in supporting the Wales and Africa community, led by its head, Claire O’Shea.

“This new phase of Hub Cymru Africa will see our close partner, SSAP, host the partnership. This is an important evolution in Hub Cymru Africa’s story. We are still supporting the Partnership, but now is the right time to hand on the baton of leadership. We look forward to supporting Hub Cymru Africa going from strength to strength in the future.”

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Bags of Books returns to Milford Haven and surrounding areas this Easter

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THE INFAMOUS Bags of Books is set to return to Milford Haven and surrounding areas over the Easter holidays.

Milford Haven School who launched the project with Milford Youth Matters over 3 years ago are continuing in their bid to improve literacy skills and encourage a love of reading for pleasure by giving away over 700 books.

Thanks to funding from the South Hook LNG Community grant they have purchased books for young people of all ages and reading abilities and will be hanging them on the fences of the schools in their catchment area.

The community are invited to come and choose a book from the following locations over the Easter holidays:

  • Neyland Community Primary School – Monday 25th March
  • Johnston Community Primary School – Tuesday 26th March
  • Coastlands Primary School – Wednesday 27th March
  • Gelliswick Primary School – Tuesday 2nd April
  • Milford Haven Community Primary – Wednesday 3rd April
  • St Francis Community Primary – Wednesday 3rd April

Milford Haven Secondary School will also hang over 150 books on their fence after the Easter Holidays on Wednesday 10th April for those in our community who cannot attend the other locations.

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St Davids RNLI tasked to assist yacht with gearbox issues

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ST DAVID’S RNLI were requested to assess a 41 foot yacht with gearbox issues by HM Coastguard at 5:53pm on Thursday (Mar 21).

All-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched and headed in lumpy seas three nautical miles north of St Davids head where the yacht with two people on board was drifting.

Upon assessment, deputy Coxswain Mike Phillips made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

The towed vessel was returned to the nearest safe and suitable port at Fishguard harbour where RNLI Fishguard Lifeboat provided St Davids volunteers with a welcome coffee break.

The charity’s lifeboat returned to station at St Davids at 11:30pm.

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