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RNLI rescues along Welsh coast 'at highest since 2006'

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The number of people rescued by Welsh RNLI lifeboats in 2014 is at its highest since 2006, statistics out today show.

The RNLI charity has today announced 1,244 people were rescued in 2014 - an 8% increase on the previous year.

Rhyl was the busiest lifeboat station in north Wales and the second busiest of all the RNLI's 30 lifeboat stations.

The volunteer crew launched 61 times and rescued a total of 73 people.

The busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl, with 73 launches.

'We are definitely seeing more people out and about visiting the beautiful Welsh coastline, whether to walk the coastal paths or take part in more adventurous activities.

'Our message to the public has always been to visit the coast as a group, rather than go it alone. Consequently, more people were rescued than ever before.

'Instead of attempting to bring themselves to safety, people are recognising the need to dial 999 much quicker and as a result our volunteer crews have been exceptionally busy.'

– Nicola Davies, RNLI

Machinery failure remains the most popular cause of a lifeboat launch with 230 launches of this nature in 2014.

The RNLI advises and encourages people to check their equipment before setting off, especially if it has not been used for long periods.

People becoming cut off by the tide was also a common reason for the launch of a lifeboat, with 130 call-outs to this type of incident during the year.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path repairs completed

Repairs to the path near Aberbach, Dinas were the last. Credit: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority says it's completed more than £70,000 repairs on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail in the last 12 months, in the wake of the damage caused by last year’s severe storms.

It says the combination of extreme weather and high tides washed away bridges, undermined steps and meant some parts of the Coast Path had to be resurfaced or realigned.

Many of the repairs were finished in time for the start of last year’s busy summer season, but the unprecedented spread and scale of the damage meant that some of work had to be completed later.

The National Park Authority’s Warden Teams must be commended for completing these repairs as quickly as possible, with close communication with coastal landowners.

– Dave MacLachlan, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail Officer

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Welsh Govt vows to act on 'failing' pupil referral units

Wales' education watchdog has warned that some of our most vulnerable pupils are being let down due to huge inconsistencies in provision outside of mainstream schools.

In its annual report, Estyn said that, while special schools are very successful, too many pupil referral units are 'failing' the children who attend them.

The Education Minister Huw Lewis today pledged to act urgently to address the problems.

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Police appeal after attempted robbery in Cardiff

Police in Cardiff are appealing for information to identify a man suspected of trying to rob a convenience store on Whitchurch Road in Cathays.

Police want to identify this man suspected of trying to rob a convenience store in Cathays. Credit: South Wales Police

At around 10.25pm on Friday 2nd January a man entered the Midnight Shop convenience store and demanded cash from the shopkeeper who refused to hand anything over. The man left the store and made off along Gelligaer Street.

Credit: South Wales Police

Police are appealing for assistance in identifying the man and ask anyone with any information to contact South Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500004884.

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