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RNLI Christmas Dinner event delayed by pagers

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Picture: Nick Leach

Always ready: The Christmas Dinner was delayed (pic. Nick Leach)

ON a quiet Saturday evening (Nov 19), when all the Burry Port RNLI crew members and partners were thinking of getting ready for the Presentation & Christmas Dinner, their pagers went off.

At 5:06pm, both lifeboats had to be launched to assist two vessels in difficulty close to Blue Pool on Burry Holmes, North Gower.

The D Class inshore lifeboat Diane Hilary with helmsman Gary Morgan and the Atlantic 75 Leicester Challenge II helmed by Darren Sheppard, were on the water by 5:15pm and heading for Burry Holmes. The lifeboats were crewed by Jared Phillips, Kevin Lloyd, Lee Fox, Paul Mitchell and Osian Bowen.

A 21 foot fishing boat and a 21 foot Dory were working together off the Holmes when the Dory had some rope wrapped around its propeller. The fishing vessel took the Dory under tow, but after some heavy surf the towed Dory was smashed into the rear of the towing vessel, causing damage to the transom and the ‘towing’ vessel was taking on water. Both fishing crews were now on board the towing vessel but they decided to drop off two crew members on Broughton Beach and leaving the Dory on anchor.

Both RNLI lifeboats arrived on the scene and the Atlantic was tasked to get a tow on the Dory and the D Class to assess the damage to the fishing boat.

It was decided to tow the Dory back to Burry Port and escort the fishing vessel, with its crew of two, back up the estuary to its moorings in Loughor.

The Dory was towed back but just off Burry Port Harbour it capsized and sank, with an RNLI crew member escaping quickly and losing some vital RNLI equipment in the process. The tow was dropped to recover the crewman, but for safety and with no life at risk, the Dory was abandoned.

In the meantime the D Class had escorted the fishing vessel close to Loughor Bridge where it was safely moored until the rising tide could allow it in to Loughor moorings. UK Coastguard Units were monitoring its situation. The Loughor inshore rescue boats were put on standby later, as the vessel passed under Loughor Bridge heading to its moorings.

Weather conditions caused some recovery problems at Burry Port and eventually there was sufficient water to enter Burry Port Harbour. Both boats were recovered and all crew members safe and sound.

The fishing vessel was safely moored at Loughor and the Dory was recovered on Sunday morning (Nov 20) by its owners.

Meanwhile, the dinner was delayed for at least one hour but they all managed to sit down for food at 9:15pm, 90 minutes later than planned.

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Shock in Carmarthenshire as it’s named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in UK

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CARMARTHENSHIRE has landed some unwanted publicity after being named as home to some of the most reckless young drivers in the UK.

According to comprehensive analysis by Adrian Flux, the county is one of the areas with the speediest teenagers on the road. On average 87.1% of FluxScore users there will receive a serious warning about their speeding compared to less than one in five in Conwy (17%).

The warnings are triggered by a black box that sits in the driver’s car to monitor their performance in the hope of improving safety and saving them money.

“This gamification style approach has helped sensible drivers save up to 60% for year-long safe driving upon renewal,” said Scott Goodliffe at Adrian Flux, one of the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance brokers.

“Unfortunately, some users are less attentive or cautious and their behaviour is a cause for concern because it leaves them more likely to make a claim or hurt themselves or others.

“It’s disappointing when alerts have to be sent but we’re proud that they are helping to change behaviour behind the wheel. We already know FluxScore is reducing the number of speeders across the board by 70% and hopefully this analysis will help address the small number who negatively impact these already impressive figures slightly.”

There are also considerable concerns about how quickly youngsters are travelling in Rhondda Cynon Taf with the area also being named and shamed in the top 10. It’s a much better picture in Conwy though with youngsters there being rated amongst the most careful drivers in the UK.

Adrian Flux’s self-fitting black box sits on the inside of the windscreen and tracks journeys. It helps reward safe driving by providing daily updates on the FluxScore app to show how the previous 24 hours’ driving has affected a driver’s renewal premium.

FluxScore sends alerts to drivers who it deems as driving dangerously or above the speed limit. The findings focus on Alert 2s, which are considered serious speeding events and take into account other factors such as the type of road. If a driver receives three Alert 2s, this will result in their policy being suspended.

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Local specialist contractors needed for countryside works

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is seeking local specialist countryside contractors for work on Public Rights of Way and conservation sites throughout the county.

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to tender for the countywide framework, which is for two years, starting in September with an option to extend for a further two years.

The work will include the management of nature reserves, mitigation for development and government funded habitat projects on sites with challenging conditions, ecological constraints, wet land and difficult access.

Examples of the work include path maintenance, installation of countryside furniture (stiles and gates), mowing overgrown fields, chainsaw and strimmer work, excavator work, woodland management, fencing and tree planting.

A proven track record and a good understanding of working in the rural and natural environment and knowledge of conservation is essential, as is an understanding of the way that the land changes in challenging weather conditions.

Applicants will need to make available vehicle inspection documents and maintenance records, certificates of operator competency (in relation to plant hire with operatives), health and safety policy and relevant insurance documents.

Any suppliers interested in tendering for this work need to be registered on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales website, where they can express their interest and receive further information.

This is a free online service and allows businesses to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also encourages businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

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Police appeal for information after vehicle collides with two pedestrians

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POLICE say they are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred on College Street, Newcastle Emlyn just after 4pm on Monday 20th June.

A black coloured Honda CRV vehicle collided with two people on the pedestrian crossing.

A 70-year-old female sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

A 50-year-old female was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries

The 64 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help officers with their investigation, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20220620-283.”

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