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Man airlifted with 'severe' injuries after cliff fall

An RAF Sea King helicopter is scrambled from RAF Valley Credit: PA

A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling from cliffs at Aberystwyth.

Two RNLI lifeboats were deployed and on finding the casualty, started giving first aid.

The man sustained head injuries, which have been described by the coastguard as "severe".

A helicopter from RAF Valley then airlifted the 24-year-old, taking him to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Search after car overturns onto beach

An Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched. Credit: RNLI/PA Wire

The RNLI launched a search last night amid fears someone had gone missing after a car overturned onto a beach near Caernarfon Castle.

A lifeboat crew combed an area, in gale force winds, between Aber swing bridge and Fort Belan, before being notified everyone had been accounted for.

Coastguards the police and firefighters were also involved.

A 19 year-old woman was taken to hospital and a male suffered minor injuries.


Video: Lifeboat crew moves into £10m station

The lifeboat crew at Moelfre on Anglesey have moved into their new home.

Kiwi - the station's Tamar class lifeboat - can now launch rescue missions off the Anglesey Coast.

It has been opened with £10 million pounds' worth of funding. £100,000 was raised by the local community.

Ian Lang went to see the opening.

Four rescued as fishing boat sinks near Bardsey Island

A Tamar class lifeboat. Credit: RNLI/PA

Four men have been rescued by the Porthdinllaen Tamar class lifeboat in rough seas and strong winds near Bardsey Island.

Holyhead coastguard received a distress call at 22.30pm from the skipper of 'Cesca' saying his boat was taking in water fast and they were in danger of sinking.

The Porthdinllaen lifeboat arrived on the scene to find the four men had abandoned their boat and were in a liferaft. A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley arrived and the four were winched aboard and flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

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The lifeboat stayed on scene for a another hour when the ‘Cesca’ finally sank in deep water approximately one mile North West of Bardsey Island.

It’s often a difficult judgement call for any Captain to call for assistance and even more difficult to leave his vessel, which is his livelihood.

By calling for assistance when he did the Captain of the ‘Cesca’ gave the rescue services time to get on scene and try and save his vessel.

Although they did have to abandon ship he and his crew are safe and well this morning.

– HM Coastguard Robert Bowyer

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.


Inquest in death of boy swept out to sea off Anglesey

Isaac Nash Credit: Family photo

An inquest has been hearing of the last moments of a twelve year old boy who was washed out to sea at Aberffraw on Anglesey last summer.

Isaac Nash from Huddersfield had been on holiday with his family from Huddersfield.

An inquest returned a verdict of misadventure and said that Isaac probably drowned.

Despite a search, Isaac's body has never been found.

Sailor airlifted to hospital 11 miles off Welsh coast

Coastguards say a female sailor was airlifted to hospital after falling ill 11 miles off the Welsh coast in the Bristol Channel.

They were alerted shortly before 8pm last night and contacted the vessel. The lone sailor told them she was seriously ill.

The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat was launched and the helicopter at RAF Chiveneor in Devon was also sent to the scene.

The sailor was flown to Morriston Hospital and the lifeboat crew sailed the yacht to moorings in Swansea Marina.

Triple celebration for Porthdinllaen RNLI

A celebration is taking place on the Llyn Peninsula as crews at Porthdinllaen RNLI name their new Tamar class lifeboat.

That's not the only thing to cheer about - they're opening the new boathouse and marking 150 years of saving lives at sea.

Since arriving at the station in August 2012, the Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer has launched on service 32 times to help those in trouble at sea.

The lifeboat will be officially named John D Spicer - in memory of the lifeboat’s main benefactor - by TV commentator David Dimbleby.

The £2.7M lifeboat has been funded as a result of generous legacies left to the charity from RNLI supporters.

A new £9.8M boathouse was built to house the new lifeboat and has proven to be a star tourist attraction on the Llyn Peninsula since opening its doors at Easter.

Ken Fitzpatrick, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Operations Manager said:

"Today is a very proud day for all involved at Porthdinllaen RNLI; it’s a chance for us all to see how much we have achieved over the last two years and look ahead to the station’s bright future."

New lifeboat station for Llandudno

The green light was given last night. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A new lifeboat house on the seafront at Llandudno been given the go-ahead by Conwy planners.

Currently the town's lifeboats have to be towed by tractor through the town centre in order to be launched from the North Shore.

But now a new station is set to be built next to the paddling pool at Craig y don to house a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat.

There were no dissenting voices at the planning committee meeting although it will be the only large-scale development on the promenade itself.

Previously a move to have a lifeboat station by the pier faced big opposition.

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