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Warning after lifeboat launch route blocked

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BURRY PORT RNLI has asked drivers to be careful where they park after one of their emergency launch routes was blocked on Sunday afternoon (Jun 10).

Thankfully, the inconsiderate parking did not affect the two rescues carried out on a busy Sunday afternoon, but a spokesperson warned that had the crew been called into service again with the dropping tide, they would have been unable to launch.

“It is an offence to knowingly obstruct an emergency service. The access points are very well signed, so please help us and keep clear,” they added.

The first of Sunday’s calls came shortly before 3pm when an immediate launch was requested to assist two people cut off by the tide in the Old Harbour area.

The D class lifeboat was launched by 3.10pm, crewed by Gary Morgan, John Massocchi and Osian Bowen, and was on scene in two minutes. The casualties were located and ferried back to safety, one being a non-swimmer, and the lifeboat returned to the Boathouse within half an hour of receiving the shout for a wash-down.

As they were about to close down, they received a phone call from UK Coastguard, requesting assistance for two groups of people cut off in the Machynys area. The crews were re-paged and firstly the D class inshore boat was launched, crewed by Gary Morgan, Titch Evans and Jared Phillips, and once that was away, the Atlantic 75 Lifeboat was also launched crewed by Darren Sheppard, Rhydian Bowen and Paul Stewart.

The D class was on scene by 4.18pm, where it was found that the three children had been escorted to safety by members of the public. None had required any medical attention.

With both boats on scene, a sweep of the area confirmed there were no other persons in the water.

Both boats returned safely at 4.45pm. Both incidents were attended by the Burry Port UK Coastguard Team.

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  1. Ty

    June 13, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Sadly this happens everywhere, slip has no walls or anything to block the view of the lazy and the stupid parker

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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