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Testing underway at St David's new lifeboat station

The first launch of St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat from the new station during successful slipway trial testing. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

Dramatic pictures have been distributed of testing at St David's new lifeboat station at St Justinian's

Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley launches down the slipway into the sea. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

The trials saw the Tamar class lifeboat launched and recovered at various tide levels to test the newly built slipway, as well as the winching and launching equipment.

The first launch of St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat from the new station during successful slipway trial testing. Credit: Lyndon Lomax

The RNLI says the new station will become operational in the Autumn.

Olympic medalist Hannah Mills appeals for new lifeboat

Olympic silver medalist and sailor Hannah Mills has launched an appeal today for a new lifeboat at Penarth Marina - the busiest inshore station in Wales.

Local sailor Hannah Mills launches Penarth lifeboat appeal Credit: ITV Wales

Hannah won silver at the 2012 London Olympics and is a gold hopeful for next month's games in Rio. She flies out this Sunday. She said her local lifeboat station "needs the best equipment possible" to help people caught in the treacherous waters off the Penarth coast.

The RNLI need to raise £52,000 for a new lifeboat. Anyone wishing to donate can visit penarthlifeboatappeal.org.

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Search for missing crewman suspended

The Angle lifeboat station uses a Tamar class craft. Credit: RNLI/PA

Coastguards say the search for a missing crewman off Pembrokeshire has been suspended.

Colleagues noticed he was missing after the Irish Ferries service came into Pembroke Dock yesterday.

The search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan along with lifeboats from Angle and St David's were involved a search operation of St Anne's Head.

The operation was halted as night fell.

Council and RNLI team up for lifeguards

Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be on duty in Denbighshire for the first time this summer.

Starting in May, two beaches will be patrolled by a new seasonal service run in partnership between the RNLI and Denbighshire County Council.

For many years the council has employed lifeguards in Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches.

Now the RNLI, which already operates lifeguards on 32 beaches in Wales and more than 220 across the UK, will run the service after a partnership with the Council was approved by Cabinet Members.

Last year our lifeguards assisted more than 900 people on 32 beaches in Wales and we are really pleased to begin working with Denbighshire County Council to provide a lifeguard service at Rhyl and Prestatyn.

Our lifeguards will build on the council’s good work and provide a safety service fitting for these two popular beaches.

– Peter Rooney, RNLI Lifeguard Manager

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Two rescues by new coastguard helicopter

The MCA operates Augusta helicopters. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

Coastguards say a man, a woman, and two dogs have been airlifted in two separate rescues involving the Maritime and Coastgurd Agency's new helicopter at RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

A man and his dogs were cut off by the tide at Broadhaven North at around 7pm. The rescue operation involved not only the aircraft but the lifeboat at Little Haven. All were safe and well.

At around 11pm the aircraft flew a woman with a suspected broken leg to Swansea's Morriston Hospital from Sker Point, north of Porthcawl. It's thought she'd slipped on rocks. The RNLI from Porthcawl and Port Talbot were also involved.

Five rescued from sinking fishing boat

A Tamar class lifeboat is based at Angle. Credit: RNLI./PA Archive/PA Images

Coastguards say five men were rescued in the early hours of this morning from a sinking boat off the Pembrokeshire coast.

They say the 14m crabbing vessel hit an obstruction just after 2am. The Angle lifeboat was launched and picked up the men from a life-raft and ferried them, safe and well, back to Milford Haven.

There was a 15 knot wind and sea conditions were described as 'slight to moderate'.

Lifeguards rescue 10-year-old girl and man from rip tide

Two people were rescued by lifeguards this morning after they were caught in a rip tide off Newgale Beach.

A child and man were rescued off Newgale Beach today. Credit: Matthew Baker

The child was bodyboarding off Newgale North beach when she got caught in a rip current at around 11.30am today. The man spotted the girl in trouble and swam out to help her but was also caught in the rip tide.

Two lifeguards grabbed rescue boards and paddled out to save them. The pair were brought back to the beach and assessed but found "thankfully unharmed" according to the RNLI.

It has prompted warnings from the lifesaving charity who say they have rescued six body boarders in waters off Pembrokeshire this week.

If you’re heading to the coast this weekend please remember to respect the water and swim at a lifeguarded beach. If you spot someone in trouble please don’t attempt the rescue yourself – either tell a lifeguard or phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

– Stuart Penfold, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

RNLI lifeguards provide a daily safety service on both Newgale North and South beach from 10am-6pm throughout the summer season.

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