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Pup plunged off cliffs into sea, rescued in multi-agency operation

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A DOG named Nell was rescued after a harrowing fall off a cliff opposite Cardigan Island last week.

The incident, which occurred just before noon on Wednesday, February 7, prompted a swift response from multiple agencies.

Nell’s anxious owners immediately raised the alarm after their pet went over the cliff edge. In response, the RNLI’s Cardigan station swiftly launched its D class inshore lifeboat, while coastguard teams from Cardigan, New Quay, and Fishguard were dispatched to the scene.

Demonstrating exceptional skill and speed, the lifeboat crew, led by Helmsman Stewart, navigated the challenging waters to reach the cliffs. Volunteer crew member Sam played a crucial role in the rescue, exiting the lifeboat to climb over to where Nell had landed. Bravely carrying the dog, Sam descended the cliff and, with Nell in tow, swam back to the safety of the lifeboat.

Once aboard, Nell was immediately wrapped in a dry towel and comforted by the crew as they made their way back to Patch. There, the coastguard took over, ensuring Nell was reunited with her grateful owner and taken to a vet for a thorough check-up.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Austin praised the operation, highlighting the exceptional teamwork and dedication shown by all involved. “It has been a great team effort, and everyone should be very proud of what we have achieved in the last few months,” he said. Despite a relative lull in rescue operations, the Cardigan station’s volunteers have been busy with extensive training exercises, both on and off the water.

The incident has led HM Coastguard Rescue Service and the RNLI to issue a reminder to dog walkers about the dangers of cliff edges. They advise keeping pets on leads to prevent such accidents. “Dogs can get into trouble while exploring, so always keep them on a lead at the coast, especially near cliff edges,” a HM Coastguard spokesperson stated. They also warned against attempting to rescue pets in peril, noting that while most dogs manage to return safely, their owners might not be as fortunate.

The RNLI echoed this advice, stressing the importance of keeping dogs on leads near dangerous terrains and advising against entering the water or mud to rescue a pet. “If you’re worried, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard,” they added, ensuring that professional help is always available for both pets and their owners in distress.

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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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