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Aberystwyth RNLI search for person swept off sea wall by waves

The volunteer crew from Aberystwyth RNLI were asked to launch both lifeboats last night (26 October) at 6.15pm after reports a male had been swept off the stone jetty at the entrance to Aberystwyth harbour in high tides and big waves.

 

Both the station's Atlantic class lifeboat and the Arancia inshore rescue boat were launched in darkness and difficult conditions with a very high tide of over five meters and waves crashing across the road by the lifeboat station and into the boathouse.

 

Once safely launched the larger Atlantic class lifeboat started to search around the harbour entrance and Tan-y-Bwlch beach, whilst the Arancia searched within the harbour entrance and up the Ystwyth River.
The volunteers from Aberystwyth Coastguard began a shoreline search of the area and a Coastguard rescue helicopter was also requested.

As the search was getting underway the casualty was located near to the rocks where he had managed to climb out of the water by the bridge onto the stone jetty.
The two RNLI volunteer crew members in the Arancia lifeboat were quickly on scene with members of the coastguard and started to treat the casualty.
Members of the public living nearby also rushed to help by bringing dry blankets to help warm the casualty.

The casualty was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital before all the search teams were stood down and returned to station.

A few hours later the volunteers from Aberystwyth were again paged to reports of a person calling for help up the Rheidol River near to the police station.
The Arancia lifeboat was quickly launched, but with low water in the river the lifeboat was unable to make it all the way up the river.

Whilst coastguards searched the river bank in the area reported, the lifeboat searched the lower river and harbour. Nothing was found and the volunteer crew was stood down and the boat returned to station.

Gemma Gill, Helm at Aberystwyth RNLI, said: 'The sea can be dangerous and unpredictable, we would advise anyone to respect the water and look at the conditions before going into areas where they might get into trouble.
'The effects of suddenly being in cold water can cause shock and restrict your ability to move and breath. We would always recommend people enjoy the power and spectacle of the sea from a safe distance.'