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New Quay RNLI in night rescue of family lost near Penbryn

Lifeboats News Release

On Monday night (29 August) the RNLI at New Quay was called upon shortly after 9pm to assist the Coastguard in searching for a family of five in the Penbryn area.

The inshore lifeboat the Audrey LJ was deployed at once, with Brett Stones at the helm accompanied by fellow RNLI volunteers Dylan Price and Huw Williams.

After some time searching, the family of two adults and three young children were located by the lights of their mobile phones and cameras cut off by the tide at a small beach around the headland from Penbryn. They were all taken on board the lifeboat and transported to the safety of Penbryn beach, where they left with the Coastguard.

Afterwards Brett said: 'The people were presumably new to the area and had not taken the tide times into account. They were naturally worried and miserable when we found them but they did the correct thing in calling for help rather than attempting to climb the cliff or swim to safety.'

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