Visit to Rhyl Coastguard

On Thursday night we were very pleased to accept an invitation for team members to visit Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team at their base.

There we were joined by members of the Llandudno and Flint Coastguard Rescue Teams. We discussed the role of the Coastguard and how they work alongside ourselves and SARDA Wales on missing person searches. Two SARDA dogs and their handlers, who are also NEWSAR members, were also there.

We then saw a demonstration of rope rescue techniques and the equipment they use, which was useful to compare to our own systems.

We have returned the invitation and look forward to seeing the Coastguard teams at our base in the near future.

While we were there Rhyl RNLI gave us a look round too…. big boat!

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Landrover broken and repaired!

One of our Landrovers (Mobile 2) has been a bit poorly! It ended up with a damaged steering box and other broken bits while we were on a recent rescue.

Thank you to Auto Defiance Ltd for carrying out the repair work very quickly. Also to Tarmac and Cooper Tire Europe for their continued support and commitment to NEWSAR. Without them we simply couldn’t repair and re-deploy this emergency response vehicle so quickly.

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CALLOUT: Lone walker near Lake Vyrnwy

CALLOUT: This afternoon North Wales Police asked us to assist a lone female walker in the remote and rarely walked hills between Bala and Lake Vyrnwy/Llyn Efyrnwy. We also called our neighbours at Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team who are almost the same distance away so they could stand by to assist.

The walker was unable to make effective progress following an extensive day out.
We used some phone technology to confirm her location. Due to the time it would take to reach her by road our First Responder encouraged her to continue to try to make some progress so she didn’t get any colder. Four team members then went in one Landrover to intercept her, while our First Responder remained in contact by phone, confirming her location periodically.

Once the team members located her she was given a check over by one of our Casualty Carers. She was then able to drive herself home.

Nice sunset!

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Generous local donation

On Thursday evening we were presented with a generous donation from a local foundation. Thank you very much to everyone involved, your support has meant that we will be able to purchase some much needed specialist medical equipment.

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