The cargo ship at Llanddulas

Ship removal expected tomorrow

The owners of the HV Carrier, which ran aground on the north Wales coast last week, have said it is going to be demolished.

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Parrot reunited with owner after holiday adventure

Jake was missing for several days. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA's reunited an African Grey parrot with his relieved owner.

Geoffrey Kerwin was on holiday with his wife and pet parrot, Jake, at their caravan near Abergele when the bird decided to fly through a door which had been left open by accident.

Several days later Jake was spotted sitting on top of a car 10 miles away in Colwyn Bay.

He was enticed into a cage and a check on the RSPCA's database meant he was back at home the next day.

Pictures: Access all Eirias festival in north Wales

Little Mix headlined the festival on Sunday Credit: Gary Smith

Thousand of people attended this weekend's Access All Eirias Festival in Colwyn Bay.

Little Mix and Connor Maynard among others performed at the music event held in Parc Eirias.

Crowds also flocked to see Connor Maynard perform Credit: Gary Smith
Connor Maynard performed to a crowd of thousands

Woman rescued from rocks in Colwyn Bay

A woman was winched to safety after falling on to rocks in Colwyn Bay yesterday afternoon. Holyhead Coastguard says they received a call from the ambulance service at around 4pm to say a woman had fallen 15 feet on to rocks and was complaining of neck and back pain.

The ambulance crew were unable to reach her and so a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was called to assist. The woman was winched from the rocks and then taken to hospital by ambulance.

RAF Valley crews also airlifted a 50-year-old man from the Halfway House on Snowdon last night after he fell and broke his ankle.

First Inter-Culture festival for Colwyn Bay

The inaugural Inter-Culture festival will be held in Colwyn Bay today. Between 10am and midnight, a variety of events will be held, celebrating cultures from around the globe.

The festival will be launched by the Mayor and Mayoress of Colwyn Bay. Mark Isherwood, AM and Darren Millar AM as well as a epresentative of Secretary of State for Wales will also be in attendance.


RAF helicopter grounding 'extremely unusual'

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'Substantial technical faults' led to the grounding of all the helicopters Credit: PA Wire

RAF staff reported that it was extremely unusual for all four of the RAF Valley helicopters to be unserviceable with such substantial technical faults.

The report added the performance of the crew from RAF Leconfield was was 'extremely commendable'.

It added: 'However, the risks they faced during the rescue were exacerbated by the lack of more locally available search-and-rescue helicopters.'

The MV Carrier ran aground in strong winds and large waves on the North Wales coast on April 3rd last year, having been loading limestone at Raynes Jetty at Llanddulas.

All seven Polish crew members were winched to safety and were uninjured, in spite of the delay. However, the vessel was substantially damaged and was declared a 'total constructive loss'.

'Technical problems' led to rescue delay

The MV Carrier ship was ran aground near Colwyn Bay Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Technical problems with four search-and-rescue helicopters based at RAF Valley delayed a rescue of the crew on a stricken cargo ship, according to a report published today.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch said all the helicopters were unserviceable on the night the ship ran aground.

Helicopter crews from RAF Leconfield in Yorkshire were "obliged to make an extremely hazardous flight in very poor conditions across the width of the country" to reach the stricken ship, named Carrier, that was stranded off the coast close to Colwyn Bay.

Sand sculptures mark Colwyn Bay beach opening

A weekend of events will take place to mark the opening of the beach Credit: Ian Lang / ITV News Wales

Sand artist Ray Wirick is trying out the sand castle making quality of Colwyn Bay's new beach. He's one of the attractions at a special weekend of events to mark the official opening of a new water sports centre and the beach itself.

It's been created with half a million tons of sand dredged up from the sea as part of a £6m sea defence project.

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