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RNLI crews thanked after Blue Pool rescue

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BURRY PORT RNLI had a very special visit this week when two people rescued from the sea near Blue Pool paid a visit to the station.

On August 19, both boats were launched after a 10-year-old boy was washed from the rocks at the North Gower beauty spot and a woman jumped in to rescue him.

Burry Port’s B Class lifeboat picked up both casualties around 20 minutes after receiving the call from the Coastguard, and both were airlifted to hospital for treatment.

In what turned out to be an emotional occasion, both people involved and their families came from Swansea to visit the lifeboat station.

After a quick greeting in the Crew Room, both families were given a tour of the facilities, including both lifeboats, accompanied by crew members.

Official photos were taken, and the boy’s father gave a heartfelt speech with a special thank you to all the team. “I don’t think there was a dry eye in the Boathouse,” a spokesperson commented.

Both volunteer helmsmen on the ‘shout’ presented each family with a set of framed photographs of the crew and lifeboats in action. Every crew member present was introduced to both families by Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Bowen.

As a result of the visit, the families have agreed to assist the RNLI in next year’s safety campaign.

“It was a heart-warming meeting, which hopefully will help both families to move on from their experience, but also gave the Crew a sense of pride, making us all think, that what we do, is a really worthwhile service,” a spokesperson for Burry Port RNLI said.

“We are all delighted that they came to see us, it was a tough meeting on the emotions, for all concerned, but we gave them an open invitation to come back to see us in the future, especially when the New Lifeboat Station is up and running.”

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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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