Two shouts in 24 hours for New Quay RNLI
On Saturday 29 June at 7.30pm New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, the Audrey LJ, launched on service following reports of a kayaker in the water off Cei Bach and then, on Sunday 30 June at 5.00pm, the crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to three people cut off by the tide near Target Rock in New Quay.
Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “Fortunately, in both cases, the persons managed to get themselves to safety without requiring any assistance from the inshore lifeboat.
“Remember, if you see anyone in difficulty at sea or on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Tragically, around 150 people die in British and Irish coastal waters each year, with around half never intending to go into the water. Last month, the RNLI launched its ‘Float to Live’ campaign, reminding people of the risks that might be encountered in and around water and giving advice to make sure people are prepared should they get into difficulty.
If you fall into cold water, fight your instinct to thrash around and swim immediately. Lean back, extend your arms and legs and gently move your arms and legs to help you float. Float until you can control your breathing and only then call for help or swim to safety.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.