New Quay RNLI lifeboat praised for dramatic rescue of swimmer in Cardigan Bay
NEW Quay's RNLI lifeboat crews have received a letter of commendation after a dramatic rescue in atrocious conditions which saved a man's life.
They were called out shortly before 4.15pm on August 30, last year, to rescue a lone swimmer in extreme difficulty off Cwmtydu.
The all-weather and inshore lifeboats raced through heavy seas in a Force 7 gale to find the swimmer, who was in a weak and hypothermic state.
The man had been in the water for 30 to 45 minutes in the water and swept well out to sea by a strong current.
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He was lifted into the inshore boat and then moved to the all-weather lifeboat for first aid on the journey back to New Quay.
Once in New Quay he was put on an RAF rescue helicopter and flown to Bronglais Hospital for attention.
The all-weather boat, with a crew of four, was under the command of station coxswain Daniel Potter and the inshore boat, with three crew, had Ceri Knapgate at the helm.
In a letter, the RNLI's operations director, Michael Vlasto correct, said: "Both crews demonstrated excellent teamwork, initiative and communications under difficult conditions and I commend the commitment and professionalism of all involved in achieving a positive outcome."
The Mersey class all-weather lifeboat, the Frank & Lena Clifford of Stourbridge, commissioned in 1992, has been out of action recently while repairs have been done.
It was sent to the RNLI's Poole headquarters for repairs to the bilge keel in January and returned to service on March 7.
During its absence it was replaced by one of the RNLI relief lifeboats of the same class, the Bingo Lifeline, which received one call out to search the waters off Aberaeron following the report of a possible distress flare, which happily proved to be unfounded.