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Byline: The rescue by Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat crew of a man taking photographs near Aberystwyth harbour entrance illustrates the significant danger posed by the stormy conditions.
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Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crewmembers were paged at 10am on Saturday 4th January 2014 to assist police and coastguard teams rescue a man trapped at the entrance to Aberystwyth harbour by large waves breaking across the wooden jetty.

For the past twenty four hours, the coastline and promenade at Aberystwyth has experienced significant damage caused from the strong winds and high tides, resulting in the Environment Agency issuing a severe flood warning and emergency services evacuating residents from properties on the sea front.

Despite repeated warnings to the public to stay away from the coastline, the man had walked to the end of the wooden jetty taking photographs of the huge waves breaking against the jetty and across the road at South Marine Terrace. Such was the ferocity of the breaking waves, the man became trapped on the jetty resulting in several 999 calls by members of the public concerned that the man’s life was in danger.

Police and coastguard teams were unable to reach the man, and the Aberystwyth RNLI 85 Class lifeboat ‘Spirit of Friendship’ was launched to assist, reaching the man from the sheltered lee of the harbour. One volunteer crew member ascended a ladder at the end of the jetty, securing the man in a lifejacket before escorting him back down the ladder to the waiting lifeboat. The man was returned safely to the RNLI boathouse, where police were waiting to provide advice.

A spokesperson for Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat said “Whilst the extreme sea conditions are attracting people to the coastline, we repeat our warning to the public stay safe and to keep away from the shore line and dangerous waves. This incident highlights the dangers posed not only to the man taking photos, but also the danger that our volunteer crew members and other emergency services have been placed in rescuing this man.”

RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Lynn Rees, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberystwyth, on 07960053170 or by email to aberlifeboatpress@btinternet.com or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk

Byline: The rescue by Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat crew of a man taking photographs near Aberystwyth harbour entrance illustrates the significant danger posed by the stormy conditions.
Page Content:

Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crewmembers were paged at 10am on Saturday 4th January 2014 to assist police and coastguard teams rescue a man trapped at the entrance to Aberystwyth harbour by large waves breaking across the wooden jetty.

For the past twenty four hours, the coastline and promenade at Aberystwyth has experienced significant damage caused from the strong winds and high tides, resulting in the Environment Agency issuing a severe flood warning and emergency services evacuating residents from properties on the sea front.

Despite repeated warnings to the public to stay away from the coastline, the man had walked to the end of the wooden jetty taking photographs of the huge waves breaking against the jetty and across the road at South Marine Terrace. Such was the ferocity of the breaking waves, the man became trapped on the jetty resulting in several 999 calls by members of the public concerned that the man’s life was in danger.

Police and coastguard teams were unable to reach the man, and the Aberystwyth RNLI 85 Class lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship' was launched to assist, reaching the man from the sheltered lee of the harbour. One volunteer crew member ascended a ladder at the end of the jetty, securing the man in a lifejacket before escorting him back down the ladder to the waiting lifeboat. The man was returned safely to the RNLI boathouse, where police were waiting to provide advice.

A spokesperson for Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat said “Whilst the extreme sea conditions are attracting people to the coastline, we repeat our warning to the public stay safe and to keep away from the shore line and dangerous waves. This incident highlights the dangers posed not only to the man taking photos, but also the danger that our volunteer crew members and other emergency services have been placed in rescuing this man.”


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Lynn Rees, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Aberystwyth, on 07960053170 or by email to aberlifeboatpress@btinternet.com or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: danielle_rush@rnli.org.uk