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Police investigate jet ski collision

Four children were rescued from the sea close to a holiday park in Abersoch Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Police are trying to trace the driver of a jet ski after it crashed with a kayak which had four children aboard off Abersoch beach.

A 12-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. The other three children were checked over by paramedics at the scene.

Four children involved in jet ski collision in Abersoch

Four children have been rescued from the sea off Abersoch beach in Gwynedd after being hit by a jet ski.

One child was seriously injured and has been airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd. The other three were treated at the scene.

It's understood the children were on a kayak when the collision happened close to Warren Holiday Park around 17:40 BST.

Holyhead Coastguard attended alongside North Wales Police and the Welsh Air Ambulance.



Salmonella outbreak investigated in north west Wales

An outbreak of salmonella is being investigated in north west Wales, health officials said today.

A statement from Public Health Wales said a total of 22 people had been diagnosed with salmonella since mid July, with five of the cases requiring hospital treatment.

The outbreak is centred in Conwy and Gynedd.

"Anyone who lives in, or has visited, north west Wales since the middle of July and is experiencing diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 4647," the statement urged.

Weather brings problems

The rain's led to a landslip. Credit: Frank Leonhardt

There are 5 flood alerts for parts of Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Powys after heavy rain swept across parts of Wales.

Firefighters have been called out to flooded properties in the Aberystwyth area and at Corris.

A landslip closed the road between Dolgellau and Machynleth.

It's now been re-opened.


£5million improvements funding for Gwynedd hospital

Tywyn Hospital in Gwynedd is to receive more than £5million funding for major improvements, Health Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

The work will include the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition of part of the hospital and building a new extension.

A new primary care resource centre will also provide patients with several health services in one place and a new 16-bed ward will be built on the site of the existing Dyfi ward. The new ward is designed to allow improvements in patient dignity, privacy and comfort.

These are hard times economically, and we have tough spending choices to make. However, investment in hospital services continues, and the £5m funding for improvements at Tywyn Hospital will bring great benefit to the community.

An increase in bed numbers and the integration of several services here will enable more people to be cared for closer to home in an environment which is fit for purpose.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

Seven people rescued from sea near Porthmadog

Seven people have been rescued by a lifeboat after getting into difficulties in the sea on the Gwynedd coast.

The group were recovered from the water at Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog.

A lifeboat from Criccieth was called to the scene, and a helicopter was scrambled from RAF Valley but it was not needed.

North Wales Ambulance Service confirmed that two people were taken to hospital, but that the extent of their injuries is unknown.

Snack food plant 'no option' but to relocate jobs

A Gwynedd snack food company has confirmed it is to go ahead with plans to move two-thirds of its workforce to south Wales.

Halo Foods started consultation over moving almost 100 jobs from Tywyn to Newport in June.

In a statement released this afternoon, the company says it has "no option by to relocate its operational functions."

Halo Foods considered a number of options relating to its manufacturing footprint, which also included the possibility of relocating its entire bar manufacturing operation to Eastern Europe. However, with assistance from the Welsh Government, it has been able to secure its future in Newport, South Wales where a new 25 year lease has been agreed, and a significant investment will be made to upgrade the facility.

We have experienced, loyal and dedicated people in Tywyn and it is very unfortunate that we can no longer retain a manufacturing operation there. There are alternative roles available for all staff at other sites and a support package will be offered to those who wish to relocate.

– Robin Williams, Halo Foods managing director

The move will start in November. Halo says they are now focusing on supporting staff effects and has set up a 'support hub' in Tywyn which will remain in place until March.

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