UK (Wales): Criccieth lifeboat aids to grounded yacht on Harlech beach – Published 04 Apr 2017 1455z (GMT/UTC)

“At 10.30am, volunteer Crew Members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were requested to launch following multiple reports of a yacht aground at the northern end of Harlech beach.

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

The yacht, named Thimble and approximately 30ft in length, had gotten into difficulties near the mouth of the Porthmadog Estuary whilst attempting to navigate upriver.

Following initial calls, members of both Criccieth and Harlech HM Coastguard Teams had been deployed to assist, however with the yacht unable to refloat, it was decided to call Criccieth Lifeboat.

The Station’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was quickly on scene. However, the Crew were unable to attach a towline due to the ebbing tide and large waves at the foreshore. During this period, HM Coastguard had received further calls reporting a yacht in difficulty further south and requested that Barmouth RNLI launch their lifeboats. It quickly became apparent that these reports related to the same vessel; accordingly Barmouth Lifeboat’s inshore rescue boat was returned to Station whilst the all-weather Lifeboat continued towards Harlech in the hope that they could attach a rocket-line to tow the yacht. Once on-scene and following discussion with the Criccieth’s Lifeboat Crew it was decided that both vessels stood-by until high water, as the occupant was safely ashore.

After being afloat for 3 hours, the Crew of Criccieth Lifeboat were stood-down and returned to shore.” -RNLI

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Wales: Aberystwyth Lifeboat rescues crashed paraglider from sea – Published 16 May 2016 1021Z (GMT/UTC)

At 4:15pm on Sunday (15 May) whilst returning from the rescue of an inflatable, the RNLI Arancia inshore rescue boat was tasked by the coastguard to go and assist a paraglider who was believed to have collided with the cliffs and crashed into the sea.

The paraglider was believed to have collided between Clarach and Constitution hill and crashed into the sea.

The volunteers on board the Arancia quickly headed back out to sea, whilst the stations larger RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Spirit of Friendship was launched to assist in the search and rescue.

The paragliders flying partner had seen his friend disappear and quickly landed on top of the cliffs, raising the alarm by calling 999 when he could only see his friend’s paraglider in the sea.

Both lifeboats searched along the cliffs and soon spotted the casualty clinging onto the cliffs, whilst still attached to his paraglider. The canopy was filling with water in the sea and being dragged by the tide, pulling on the casualties body.

In quite a rocky area, the Arancia was able to make its way close to the casualty and took aboard the canopy allowing the casualty to remove himself from the equipment. A crewmember entered the water and carried out a first aid assessment of the casualty who had managed to land in the water and miss both the cliffs and surrounding rocks without injury but who was very cold after being in the sea.

The casualty was put into a lifejacket by the crewman who also provided protection against the waves and ensured the casualty was safe whilst the Arancia manoeuvred into position at the base of the cliffs to safely extract everyone. The casualty was transferred to the Atlantic 85, where he was given another first aid assessment and put into to equipment to keep him warm.

Both lifeboats returned to the RNLI station where the casualty was warmed up and able to get dry whilst being assessed by waiting Ambulance staff. Although cold and shaken he did not need to go to hospital and was picked up by friend who was relieved to see him safe and well. – RNLI

Credit: RNLI/Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth RNLI rescue crashed paraglider from sea

 

UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 16 Nov 2015 2330z (GMT/UTC)

==UK==

STORM BARNEY

SKYWARN

Severe Weather Alert #54 issued (See below)

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East of England Yellow Warning

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 20 Flood Warnings in England and Wales – 6 in Scotland

at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

29 Flood Alerts in England and Wales – 5 in Scotland

at 

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

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Severe Weather Alert #54
SWUK has issued a Severe Weather Alert for strong winds in excess of 70mph
Valid from 1300hrs Tuesday 17th November to 0300hrs Wednesday 18th November.
for
South and South Western England & Wales
An easterly moving low pressure system (officially named ‘Barney’ by the MetO) will track across southern UK on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts could exceed SWUK criteria of 70mph along exposed coasts on the southern flank of the low.
Wales and the Bristol Channel could see gusts of 80mph
Spotters in the alert area are requested to report any breaches of SWUK criteria in the normal manner.

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Monday 16 November Published at 16:54

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Weather Warning

Issued by the Met Office

YELLOW WARNING OF WIND for NORTHWEST SCOTLAND

Issued at 10:35 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid from 11:00 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid until 23:55 on Mon 16 Nov

Southwesterly winds will increase during Monday, when severe gales will affect parts of the northwest mainland of Scotland, the Western Isles and Northern Isles. The strongest winds will initially develop across the Western Isles and northwest coast this afternoon before extending into the Northern Isles during the evening. Winds will quickly ease on Tuesday.

Gusts of wind of 65-75 mph are expected in places, so be aware that there may be some further disruption to travel. Additionally, large waves may cause some overtopping of sea defences.

This an update to the warning issued on Sunday morning.

Further updates will appear here.

YELLOW WARNING OF RAIN for NORTH WALES and NORTH ENGLAND

Issued at 10:23 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid from 10:00 on Tue 17 Nov

Valid until 23:45 on Tue 17 Nov

Further rain is expected on Tuesday as a frontal system runs across the UK from the west. The largest accumulations are expected across the hills of northwest England and northwest Wales though low lying areas will also see a period of heavy rain. On the southern side of this system some very strong winds are expected and a separate warning for winds is likely to be issued.

The public should be aware that, given the already saturated conditions, flooding is possible either from standing water or from rivers already swollen by recent rainfall. This could lead to disruption to travel and perhaps localised flooding to properties.

This is a further update to the warning originally issued on Friday, reducing the northern extent of the warning and moving into minor impacts.

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YELLOW WARNING of WIND for much of WALES and SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Issued at 10:46 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid from 15:00 on Tue 17 Nov

Valid until 23:30 on Tue 17 Nov

West to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are likely to sweep eastwards across parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England later on Tuesday. Gusts could reach 60-70 mph inland and possibly 80 mph along exposed coasts, particularly Wales and through the Bristol Channel.

Be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and that gusts of this strength could bring down trees and lead to some damage to weakened structures.

Further updates will appear here.

YELLOW EARLY WARNING OF RAIN for NORTH WALES and NORTH ENGLAND

Issued at 12:17 on Sun 15 Nov

Valid from 16:00 on Wed 18 Nov

Valid until 23:45 on Wed 18 Nov

Another spell of heavy rain, accompanied by gale force winds in places, will cross the country on Wednesday, with largest rainfall over the high ground areas already saturated from recent wet weather. Up to 50 mm is expected in the wettest spots in North Wales and NW England.

The public should be aware of the potential for further impacts such as disruption to travel and local flooding.

Further updates will appear here.

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There are NO SEVERE FLOOD WARNING currently in force in England & Wales at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

There are NO SEVERE FLOOD WARNINGS currently in force in Scotland at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

Flood Warning Flood Warning Flooding is expected. Immediate action required

There are 20 FLOOD WARNINGS currently in force in England & Wales at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/31618.aspx

There are 6 FLOOD WARNINGS currently in force in Scotland at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

Flood Alert Flood AlertFlooding is possible. Be prepared.

There are 29 FLOOD ALERTS currently in force in England & Wales at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

There are 5 FLOOD ALERTS currently in force in Scotland at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

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There are strong wind warnings in 19 areas.

There is a gale warning in 1 area.

The next few days will be dominated by severeal areas of low pressure tracking across the British Isles bringing strong winds, large waves and changeable weather to all parts.

Shipping Forecast

There are gale warnings in 29 areas.

The general synopsis at midday

Low Bailey 964 expected Norwegian Basin 973 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Shannon 983 by same time.

Extended Outlook

The Extended Outlook aims to signpost expected hazards for the Cullercoats, Niton and Portpatrick areas for the three days beyond the 24 hour shipping forecast.

High Seas

There are storm warnings in 8 areas.

The general synopsis at 16 November 20:00 UTC

At 161200UTC low 60 north 13 west 964 expected 63 north 02 east 973 by 171200UTC. Low 48 north 39 west 987 expected 53 north 12 west 983 by same time. Low 50 north 20 west 998 losing its identity by that time. New low moving slowly east expected 53 north 32 west 988 by 171200UTC

Wales: Major fire at Indian Restaurant, Monk Street, Abergavenny. Person jumps from window – Published 030115 0922z (GMT/UTC)

Sundaarbon Indian Restaurant fire at Abergavenny. Picture credit: @LoveBreconBeaco

Jennie Griffiths

@GriffithsJECtrl

(Head of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Fire Control and Designate Head of Fire Controls at the Joint Emergency Centre SWP HQ Bridgend:)

“At 03.26 a 999 call was received to a flat on fire with persons reported as trapped on Monk Street. Abergavenny crews responded

Update Abergavenny: at 03.34 on arrival crews requested 2 further fire engines one person had jumped from a window

Update Abergavenny: Blaenavon+Brynmawr crews responded to the incident further people were believed still to be inside the building

Update Abergavenny: At 03.38 crews requested 2 further fire engines as they were still searching inside the building for people trapped

Update Abergavenny: Cefn Fforest and New Inn crews responded also an Aerial Ladder and a water bowser

Update Abergavenny: at 03.46 crews reported this was a terraced property well alight 3 storeys in well developed fire 5 people led to safety

Update Abergavenny: At 04.12 crews reported a row of 3storey terraced properties well alight + crews in BAs were still searching for people

Update Abergavenny: At 04.14 crews requested a further 2 fire engines making the total 8 fire engines Cwmbran+Abersychan responded

Update Abergavenny: At 05.44 crews reported all persons safe and the fire was under control 3 persons rescued by crews in adjoining property

Update Abergavenny:At the height of the fire 8 fire engines,Aerial ladder+2 bowsers fought the fire using 6BAs 2jets 2hosereel+water tower

Update Abergavenny: 5 fire engines a water bowser and aerial ladder remain in attendance the building was used as an Indian Restaurant

Update Abergavenny: Fire investigation officers and Police will liaise at 0900 this morning to investigate the cause”

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 27 Dec 2014 1433z (GMT/UTC)

Updated here:

https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/uk-severe-weather-and-flood-warnings-updated-08-jan-2015-1203z-gmtutc/

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Bermuda/Canada/Atlantic: Hurricane GONZALO CAT1 181500Z 36.8N 61.7W, moving NNE at 22 knots (NHC) – Updated 181014 1643Z

Hurricane GONZALO

(CATEGORY 1 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale)

…GONZALO FORECAST TO PASS NEAR THE COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND TONIGHT

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS EFFECT FOR…
ARNOLDS COVE TO CHAPELS COVE NEWFOUNDLAND…NHC

AFTER MAKING A DIRECT HIT ON BERMUDA LAST EVENING, HURRICANE
GONZALO IS ACCELERATING TO THE NORTHEAST AND EXPECTED TO TRACK
NEAR OR SOUTHEAST OF CAPE RACE, NEWFOUNDLAND EARLY SUNDAY
MORNING..
...CHC

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National Hurricane Center

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

000
WTNT33 KNHC 181455
TCPAT3

BULLETIN
HURRICANE GONZALO ADVISORY NUMBER 25
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082014
1100 AM AST SAT OCT 18 2014

…GONZALO FORECAST TO PASS NEAR THE COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND TONIGHT
AND EARLY SUNDAY…
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…36.8N 61.7W
ABOUT 355 MI…575 KM NNE OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 815 MI…1310 KM SW OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…90 MPH…150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNE OR 30 DEGREES AT 25 MPH…41 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…966 MB…28.53 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS EFFECT FOR…
* ARNOLDS COVE TO CHAPELS COVE NEWFOUNDLAND

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN 12 TO 24 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GONZALO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 36.8 NORTH…LONGITUDE 61.7 WEST. GONZALO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 25 MPH…41 KM/H. THE
HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE ITS FORWARD SPEED OVER THE NEXT
DAY AND SHOULD PASS CLOSE OR JUST SOUTH OF CAPE RACE NEWFOUNDLAND
LATE TONIGHT OR SATURDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DROPPED TO NEAR 90 MPH…150
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST
DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO TRANSFORM INTO AN
EXTRATROPICAL CYCLONE IN ABOUT A DAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES…110 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205
MILES…335 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 966 MB…28.53 INCHES.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE TROPICAL STORM
WATCH AREA IN NEWFOUNDLAND BY LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY.

SURF…LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY GONZALO ARE STILL AFFECTING
PORTIONS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS…THE NORTHERN COASTS OF PUERTO RICO
AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC…PORTIONS OF THE BAHAMAS…PORTIONS OF
THE UNITED STATES EAST COAST…BERMUDA…AND ATLANTIC CANADA. THESE
SWELLS WILL LIKELY CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT
CONDITIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION…PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR
LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…200 PM AST.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 PM AST.

$$
FORECASTER LANDSEA

 

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BWS – Tropical Update Bulletin
HURRICANE GONZALO
IS A POTENTIAL THREAT TO BERMUDA
Advisory #25, 12 pm Sat, Oct 18, 2014
KEY: Blue = 34-50 kts, Yellow = 50-64 kts, and Red = 64 kts and greater
Diagonal shading indicates fringe winds (34kts or greater surrounding the storm’s core)
Closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hrs (3 days) has passed.
Current Position: 36.8N 61.7W approx. 310 nm NNE of Bermuda
Recent Movement: NNE or 30 degrees at 22 kt
Central Pressure: 966 mb / 28.52 in
Max Winds: 80kt gusts 100kt
In line with NHC updates, Tropical Update Bulletins(TUB) are normally issued every 6 hours. Intermediate advisories may be issued every 3 hours when a tropical watch or warning is in effect (every 2 hours when radar has identified a storm centre). Additionally, TUBs may be issued at any time due to significant changes in warnings or in the cyclone.
Hurricane Track Information
WOCN31 CWHX 181145
TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION STATEMENT UPDATED BY THE CANADIAN
HURRICANE CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENT CANADA AT 8:56 AM ADT SATURDAY
18 OCTOBER 2014.
———————————————————————
TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR:
NEWFOUNDLAND
NOVA SCOTIA.

FOR HURRICANE GONZALO.

THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY 3:00 PM ADT.

AFTER MAKING A DIRECT HIT ON BERMUDA LAST EVENING, HURRICANE
GONZALO IS ACCELERATING TO THE NORTHEAST AND EXPECTED TO TRACK
NEAR OR SOUTHEAST OF CAPE RACE, NEWFOUNDLAND EARLY SUNDAY
MORNING.

———————————————————————
==DISCUSSION==
1. SUMMARY OF BASIC INFORMATION AT 9.00 AM ADT.

LOCATION: NEAR 35.8 NORTH 62.5 WEST.

ABOUT 430 KILOMETRES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 157 KM/HOUR.

PRESENT MOVEMENT: NORTH-NORTHEAST AT 37 KM/HOUR.

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 958 MB.

2. PUBLIC WEATHER IMPACTS AND WARNINGS SUMMARY.

THE LATEST INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE TRACK COULD RANGE FROM ST.
MARY’S BAY TO ABOUT 150 KILOMETRES SOUTHEAST OF CAPE RACE.
THIS REPRESENTS A RANGE OF ABOUT 200 KILOMETRES WITH ABOUT A
30 PERCENT CHANCE OF THE STORM CENTRE MAKING LANDFALL ON THE SOUTHERN
AVALON PENINSULA.

TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE AVALON PENINSULA, WITH
THE EXCEPTION OF AVALON PENINSULA NORTH, BEGINNING TONIGHT.THE
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WEATHER OFFICE HAS ISSUED RAINFALL WARNINGS
FOR THE AVALON PENINSULA.

A. WIND.

WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH GONZALO WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT THE AVALON
PENINSULA NEAR MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND WILL INCREASE OVERNIGHT TO 50
GUSTING TO 80 KM/H.

B. RAINFALL.

MUCH OF SOUTHEASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND WILL RECEIVE RAINFALL AS A RESULT
OF GONZALO’S PASSAGE. THE BULK OF THE RAINFALL FROM GONZALO IS
CURRENTLY EXPECTED TO BE OVER THE AVALON PENINSULA.
CURRENT INDICATIONS ARE THAT RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH GONZALO WILL BEGIN
OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND END BY MID MORNING SUNDAY. IN THE AREAS OF
HEAVIEST RAIN, RAINFALL RATES OF 25 MILLIMETRES PER HOUR FOR A BRIEF
PERIOD ARE POSSIBLE WHICH COULD RESULT IN A RISK OF FLASH FLOODING.

RAINFALL WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR THE AVALON PENINSULA.

C. SURGE/WAVES.

WAVE HEIGHTS WILL INCREASE QUICKLY ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF
NEWFOUNDLAND OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. THE LARGEST WAVES WILL BE ALONG THE
SOUTHERN COAST OF THE AVALON PENINSULA WHERE WAVE HEIGHTS WILL BE IN
THE 5 TO 8 METRE RANGE AND COULD POSSIBLY EXCEED 10 METRES.
ELSEWHERE ALONG THE SOUTH COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND, WAVES OF 4 TO 6
METRES ARE LIKELY.

OF CONCERN IS THAT HIGH TIDE ALONG THE SOUTHERN AVALON PENINSULA IS
NEAR DAWN SUNDAY WHICH COULD BE THE APPROXIMATE TIME OF GONZALO’S
PASSAGE. HIGH COASTAL WATER LEVELS AND HIGH WAVES ARE LIKELY ALONG
SOUTHERN AVALON PENINSULA EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THERE IS A
POSSIBILITY OF LOCAL FLOODING MAINLY DUE TO WAVE ACTIVITY AT THIS
TIME.

ALSO, THE ATLANTIC COAST OF NOVA SCOTIA WILL EXPERIENCE LARGE OCEAN
SWELLS OF 2 TO 3 METRES BEGINNING TONIGHT AND BUILDING TO 3 TO 5
METRES BY SUNDAY MORNING.

A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT HAS BEEN ISSUED REGARDING THE WAVES AND
HIGH WATER LEVELS.

3. MARINE WEATHER IMPACTS AND WARNINGS SUMMARY.

THIS STORM WILL HAVE HEAVY IMPACTS OVER PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN MARINE
AREAS. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS AND SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHTS IN EXCESS
OF 12 METRES ARE LIKELY OVER SOME OFFSHORE MARINE AREAS, ESPECIALLY
THOSE TO THE RIGHT OF THE STORM’S TRACK OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND SUNDAY.
THERE ARE ALSO INDICATIONS THAT WAVES COULD LOCALLY EXCEED 18 METRES
FROM THE LAURENTIAN FAN INTO THE SOUTHERN GRAND BANKS, WITH LESSER
WAVE HEIGHTS FURTHER NORTH.

MARINE WARNINGS SUMMARY:

NEWFOUNDLAND WATERS: HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR
THE NORTHERN GRAND BANKS AND THE SOUTHWESTERN GRAND BANKS.
STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTH COAST, EAST COAST – CAPE
ST. FRANCIS AND SOUTH, AND THE SOUTHEASTERN GRAND BANKS. A GALE
WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FUNK ISLAND BANK – SOUTHERN HALF.

MARITIMES WATERS: A HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
LAURENTIAN FAN – SOUTHEASTERN HALF. STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR
LAURENTIAN FAN – NORTHWESTERN HALF AND BANQUEREAU – SOUTHEASTERN
HALF. GALE WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR EAST SCOTIAN SLOPE –
SOUTHEASTERN HALF AND BANQUEREAU NORTHWESTERN HALF.

VISIT WEATHEROFFICE.GC.CA/HURRICANE (ALL IN LOWER CASE) FOR THE
LATEST:

– FORECAST POSITION, CENTRAL PRESSURE TABLE.

– STRENGTH AND PREDICTED WIND RADII TABLE.

– HURRICANE TRACK INFORMATION MAP.

– TECHNICAL DISCUSSION.

PLEASE ALSO REFER TO THE PUBLIC AND MARINE FORECASTS AND WARNINGS
ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA FOR YOUR AREA.

END/HATT/MERCER/FOGARTY
_______________________________________________
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TSR logoN Atlantic: Storm Alert issued at 18 Oct, 2014 9:00 GMT

Hurricane GONZALO (AL08) currently located near 34.7 N 63.2 W is forecast to strike land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):

Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Scotland
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    England
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Ireland
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Northern Ireland
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    the Isle of Man
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Wales
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Canada
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 30% in about 33 hours
        probability for TS is 90% in about 33 hours
    the Faeroe Islands
        probability for TS is 85% in about 69 hours
Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Ullapool (58.0 N, 5.2 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Portree (57.5 N, 6.2 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Inverness (57.3 N, 4.3 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Dundee (56.5 N, 3.0 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Oban (56.3 N, 5.5 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Glasgow (55.9 N, 4.3 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Edinburgh (55.8 N, 3.1 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Stranraer (55.0 N, 5.0 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Ardara (54.8 N, 8.4 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Belfast (54.6 N, 5.9 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Workington (54.6 N, 3.4 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Sligo (54.3 N, 8.4 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Belmullet (54.2 N, 10.0 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Galway (53.3 N, 9.1 W)
        probability for TS is 100% in about 69 hours
    Stornoway (58.3 N, 6.4 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Dublin (53.3 N, 6.3 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Holyhead (53.3 N, 4.5 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Wexford (52.3 N, 6.5 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Dingle (52.2 N, 10.2 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Cork (51.9 N, 8.5 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Bantry (51.7 N, 9.4 W)
        probability for TS is 95% in about 69 hours
    Wick (58.5 N, 3.1 W)
        probability for TS is 90% in about 69 hours
    Manchester (53.5 N, 2.3 W)
        probability for TS is 90% in about 69 hours
    Fishguard (51.9 N, 5.0 W)
        probability for TS is 90% in about 69 hours
    Kirkwall (59.0 N, 3.0 W)
        probability for TS is 85% in about 69 hours
    Aberdeen (57.2 N, 2.1 W)
        probability for TS is 85% in about 69 hours
    Newcastle (55.0 N, 1.6 W)
        probability for TS is 85% in about 69 hours
    York (54.2 N, 1.5 W)
        probability for TS is 85% in about 69 hours
    Torshavn (62.0 N, 6.8 W)
        probability for TS is 80% in about 69 hours
    Birmingham (52.5 N, 1.9 W)
        probability for TS is 80% in about 69 hours
    Cardiff (51.5 N, 3.2 W)
        probability for TS is 80% in about 69 hours
    Lands End (50.1 N, 5.6 W)
        probability for TS is 75% in about 69 hours
    St John’s (47.6 N, 52.7 W)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 33 hours
        probability for TS is 70% in about 33 hours
    Hull (53.8 N, 0.1 W)
        probability for TS is 70% in about 69 hours
    Weymouth (50.6 N, 2.4 W)
        probability for TS is 70% in about 69 hours
    Torquay (50.3 N, 3.7 W)
        probability for TS is 70% in about 69 hours
    Southampton (50.9 N, 1.4 W)
        probability for TS is 65% in about 69 hours
    Lerwick (60.2 N, 1.2 W)
        probability for TS is 55% in about 69 hours
    Cambridge (52.2 N, 0.3 E)
        probability for TS is 55% in about 69 hours

Note that
Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
CAT 1 means Hurricane strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

Storm Tracker Map

MARITIME/SHIPPING

METAREA4 / HURRICANE_ADVISORY / 181454

WTNT23 KNHC 181454
TCMAT3

HURRICANE GONZALO FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 25
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082014
1500 UTC SAT OCT 18 2014

CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS EFFECT FOR…
* ARNOLDS COVE TO CHAPELS COVE NEWFOUNDLAND

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN 12 TO 24 HOURS.

HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 36.8N 61.7W AT 18/1500Z
POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 25 NM

PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST OR 30 DEGREES AT 22 KT

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 966 MB
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 80 KT WITH GUSTS TO 100 KT.
64 KT……. 60NE 60SE 50SW 50NW.
50 KT……. 90NE 100SE 80SW 70NW.
34 KT…….150NE 180SE 120SW 120NW.
12 FT SEAS..300NE 300SE 220SW 320NW.
WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

REPEAT…CENTER LOCATED NEAR 36.8N 61.7W AT 18/1500Z
AT 18/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 35.5N 62.8W

FORECAST VALID 19/0000Z 40.8N 58.3W
MAX WIND 70 KT…GUSTS 85 KT.
64 KT… 60NE 60SE 50SW 50NW.
50 KT… 90NE 100SE 80SW 70NW.
34 KT…150NE 180SE 120SW 120NW.

FORECAST VALID 19/1200Z 47.0N 50.5W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 60 KT…GUSTS 75 KT.
50 KT… 80NE 100SE 70SW 60NW.
34 KT…150NE 210SE 150SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 20/0000Z 51.3N 38.7W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 55 KT…GUSTS 65 KT.
50 KT… 0NE 120SE 90SW 0NW.
34 KT… 90NE 240SE 180SW 100NW.

FORECAST VALID 20/1200Z 53.5N 23.5W…POST-TROP/EXTRATROP
MAX WIND 45 KT…GUSTS 55 KT.
34 KT… 60NE 240SE 320SW 120NW.

FORECAST VALID 21/1200Z…DISSIPATED

REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 36.8N 61.7W

NEXT ADVISORY AT 18/2100Z

$$
FORECASTER LANDSEA

METAREA4 / HIGH_SEAS_FORECAST / 181603

FZNT01 KWBC 181603
HSFAT1

HIGH SEAS FORECAST FOR METAREA IV
NWS OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER WASHINGTON DC
1630 UTC SAT OCT 18 2014

CCODE/2:31:04:11:00/AOW+AOE/NWS/CCODE
SUPERSEDED BY NEXT ISSUANCE IN 6 HOURS

SEAS GIVEN AS SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT…WHICH IS THE AVERAGE
HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES. INDIVIDUAL WAVES MAY
BE MORE THAN TWICE THE SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT

PAN PAN

NORTH ATLANTIC NORTH OF 31N TO 67N AND WEST OF 35W

SYNOPSIS VALID 1200 UTC OCT 18
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC OCT 19
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC OCT 20

.WARNINGS.

..HURRICANE WARNING…
.HURRICANE GONZALO NEAR 36.8N 61.7W 966 MB AT 1500 UTC OCT 18
MOVING NNE OR 030 DEG AT 22 KT. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 80 KT
GUSTS 100 KT. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WITHIN 120 NM W
SEMICIRCLE…150 NM NE QUADRANT AND 180 NM SE QUADRANT. SEAS 12
FT OR GREATER WITHIN 300 NM E SEMICIRCLE…220 NM SW QUADRANT
AND 320 NM NW QUADRANT WITH SEAS TO 47 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST POST-TROPICAL GONZALO NEAR 47.0N
50.5W 980 MB. WITHIN 120 NM NE…180 NM SE AND 120 NM SW
QUADRANTS WINDS 45 TO 60 KT. SEAS 20 TO 40 FT. ELSEWHERE WITHIN
180 NM NW…240 NM NE…420 NM SE AND 360 NM SW QUADRANTS WINDS
30 TO 45 KT. SEAS 15 TO 30 FT. ALSO WITHIN 300 NM NE…540 NM SE
AND 660 NM SW QUADRANTS WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 12 TO 25 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST POST-TROPICAL GONZALO E OF AREA NEAR 53.5N
23.5W 993 MB. FORECAST CONDITIONS MOVED E OF AREA.
.72 HOUR FORECAST…DISSIPATED.

…GALE WARNING…
.LOW 56N56W 992 MB MOVING NE 25 KT. WITHIN 660 NM NE…420 NM NE
AND 780 NM SE QUADRANTS WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 13 FT.
.12 HOUR FORECAST LOW 58N45W 991 MB. WITHIN 540 NM NW AND 240 NM
NE QUADRANTS WINDS 25 TO 40 KT. SEAS 8 TO 14 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST LOW 58N37W 993 MB. WITHIN 720 NM NW AND 420 NM
SW QUADRANTS WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 8 TO 14 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW AND CONDITIONS MOVED E OF AREA.

…GALE WARNING…
.24 HOUR FORECAST FROM 31N TO 45N BETWEEN 60W AND 80W WINDS 20
TO 30 KT. SEAS TO 12 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LOW INLAND 50N57W 991 MB. WITHIN 660 NM S
SEMICIRCLE AND 480 NM NE QUADRANT WINDS 25 TO 35 KT. SEAS 8 TO
16 FT. ELSEWHERE FROM 35N TO 58N BETWEEN 40W AND 70W WINDS TO 25
KT. SEAS TO 12 FT.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.EXCEPT WHERE NOTED WITH HURRICANE GONZALO IN WARNINGS SECTION
ABOVE FROM 31N TO 43N BETWEEN 49W AND 70W WINDS 20 TO 33 KT.
SEAS TO 12 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST CONDITIONS DESCRIBED WITH POST-TROPICAL
GONZALO IN WARNINGS SECTION ABOVE.

.FROM 31N TO 66N E OF 46W WINDS 20 TO 30 KT. SEAS 10 TO 20 FT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST FROM 31N TO 52N E OF 41W WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS
8 TO 14 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST FROM 31N TO 55N E OF 40W WINDS 20 TO 30 KT.
SEAS 8 TO 16 FT.

.24 HOUR FORECAST FROM 63N TO 66N E OF 38W WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS
8 TO 13 FT.
.48 HOUR FORECAST FROM 57N TO 66N E OF 42W WINDS TO 25 KT. SEAS
8 TO 14 FT.

.DENSE FOG. VSBY OCCASIONALLY LESS THAN 1 NM FROM 43N TO 47N
BETWEEN 53W AND 59W AND FROM 48N TO 56N BETWEEN 49W AND 56W.
.24 HOUR FORECAST DENSE FOG FROM 41N TO 53N BETWEEN 43W AND 57W
AND FROM 49N TO 54N E OF 42W.
.48 HOUR FORECAST DENSE FOG FROM 41N TO 55N BETWEEN 42W AND 58W.

.HIGH 41N45W 1027 MB MOVING E 15 KT.
.24 HOUR FORECAST HIGH 41N38W 1029 MB.
.48 HOUR FORECAST LITTLE CHANGE.

.FORECASTER HOLLEY. OCEAN PREDICTION CENTER.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

ATLANTIC FROM 07N TO 31N W OF 35W INCLUDING CARIBBEAN SEA AND
GULF OF MEXICO

SYNOPSIS VALID 1200 UTC SAT OCT 18.
24 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC SUN OCT 19.
48 HOUR FORECAST VALID 1200 UTC MON OCT 20.

.WARNINGS.

.NONE.

.SYNOPSIS AND FORECAST.

.N OF 29.5N BETWEEN 58W AND 64W S TO SW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS
12 TO 14 FT. N OF 25N BETWEEN 40W AND 55W E WINDS 20 TO 25 KT.
SEAS 9 TO 12 FT. ELSEWHERE N OF LINE 31N74W TO 20N60W TO 20N35W
WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS 8 TO 13 FT IN A BROAD MIX OF SWELL.
.24 HOUR FORECAST N OF 28N BETWEEN 44W AND 52W E TO SE WINDS 20
TO 25 KT. SEAS 10 TO 12 FT. ELSEWHERE E OF LINE 31N59W TO 13N35W
WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS 8 TO 10 FT IN NE AND N SWELL.
.48 HOUR FORECAST NE OF LINE 31N54W TO 20N35W WINDS 20 KT OR
LESS. SEAS TO 9 FT IN N SWELL.

.REMAINDER OF AREA WINDS 20 KT OR LESS. SEAS LESS THAN 8 FT.

$$
.FORECASTER CHRISTENSEN. NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER.
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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 20 Aug 2014 1930z (GMT/UTC)

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 25 Aug 2014 1717z (GMT/UTC)

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Signpost to UK SEVERE WEATHER, FLOOD WARNINGS and TORRO TORNADO WATCH – Updated 09 Aug 2014 2325z (GMT/UTC)

EX-Hurricane Bertha

TORRO TORNADO WATCH for much of southern, central, and eastern England, and parts of N England, Wales

and the Channel Islands.

THREATS

Tornadoes; wind gusts to 60mph; CG lightning; hail

Valid from 03:00 until 17:00GMT on Sunday 10th August 2014

A TORRO TORNADO WATCH has been issued at 22:45GMT on Saturday 9th August 2014

Valid from/until: 03:00- 17:00GMT on Sunday 10th August 2014 for the following regions

Parts of (see map)

Much of southern, central, and eastern England, and parts of N England

Wales

Channel Islands

THREATS

Tornadoes; wind gusts to 60mph; CG lightning; hail

DISCUSSION

Deepening Atlantic storm with tropical airmass within its warm sector will cross the watch area during Sunday. Although the exact track is still somewhat uncertain, there are indications from several models that a dual-centred system will evolve. The first centre should move into Wales later tonight, with the main centre crossing SW England and heading NE to Lincs by afternoon, whilst the first centre tends to fill or is consumed by the second.

Strong lifting from a sharpening upper trough should steepen lapse rates enough for embedded convection to develop close to and to the south of both centres of low pressure, with wind shear favourable for severe weather, especially to the south and east of the second, deeper, low pressure area.

A mass of heavy rain is already moving in, and through the latter part of the night, embedded convection may affect parts of Wales and SW England, as the low pressure centre(s) move in. During Sunday morning, as the sharpening upper trough digs into the moist sector, it is possible that a squall line may develop across southern England/E Anglia. Additionally, ahead of the low pressure area moving from SW England to Lincs, convection may develop in the moist sector.

In each of these areas, low-level and deep layer wind shear appears sufficient for severe thunderstorms with strong winds and perhaps a tornado or two. The main caveat with this watch is that the maritime nature of the airmass would typically suggest fairly meagre lapse rates – however, global and mesoscale models indication fairly decent instability associated with this system (~1000J/Kg CAPE). If instability and shear can combine favourably, a strong tornado is possible.

The area from SW England to Lincs, and points south-east of there appear to have a higher risk of severe weather than elsewhere in the watch area. Please note this forecast has been issued early due to the fact the situation will not be monitored by TORRO overnight.

Forecaster: RPK

Torro Tornado Watch 2014/008 (Image: TORRO)

also UK SEVERE WEATHER & FLOOD WARNINGS

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Wales: EXERCISE – Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI lifeboats, RAF search & rescue helicopter, Police, Fire & Ambulance attend major incident in Cardiff Bay – 020414 1100z

(Photo: Barry Coastguard)

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EX DRAIG: INCIDENT IN CARDIFF BAY

EXERCISE: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN  TESTING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN CARDIFF BAY
Swansea Coastguard was first contacted just before 11am this morning to reports that two boats had collided in Cardiff Bay.
The Penarth, Barry and Chepstow Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to the scene, along with the Penarth and Barry RNLI lifeboats and the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor. Police, fire and ambulance crews are also in attendance.
At this time, it is not clear how many people were on board and the extent of any injuries. A search and rescue mission is ongoing.” – MCA

“Barry Coastguard at Cardiff Bay with all emergency services, carrying out major incident training. With Penarth and Chepstow Coastguard . Air sea rescue have been tasked to assist in a mock rescue in the Bay” – Barry Coastguard



Spring has sprung

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Warmer, drier weather is on the way for parts of the country.  As we move through the week a north–south divide develops across the UK with Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of Wales being changeable and windy. However in the south high pressure will dominate  bringing dry weather for the weekend, with the best of the weather in the Southeast.

Temperatures are expected to reach mid to high teens in the South this weekend (8th – 9th March), while northwest England and Scotland are likely to see spells of strong winds and rain and there is a risk of overnight frosts.

This is in sharp contrast to the record breaking winter we have just experienced.  It was the wettest winter for the UK, England, Wales and Scotland, and the second wettest winter for Northern Ireland in the record series dating from 1910. It was the stormiest…

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UK: Walker Petra Herkes, 64, missing from Welshpool, Wales found safe and well – 230713 2120z

(Photo: BBC/Dyfed-Powys Police) Petra Herkes

A walker with Alzheimer’s disease has been found safe and well.

Petra Maria Herkes, 64, from Welshpool in Powys, left her home early on Monday morning but has failed to return.

Dyfed-Powys Police said she is a regular walker but has been suffering from the early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Mountain Rescue and Police search teams (@BreconMRT, @Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @DyfedPowys) have been looking for Ms Herkes covering large areas of farmland and woodland in and around Welshpool.

Poilice said there was great concern that she has not returned after a few hours as she normally would.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team confirmed that the search for Petra had been successful & she had been found safe and well.

(Updated from a BBC News report)

Welsh (Google translation)

A cerddwr chlefyd Alzheimer wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

Gadawodd Petra Maria Herkes, 64, o’r Trallwng ym Mhowys, ei chartref yn gynnar ar fore dydd Llun, ond wedi methu dychwelyd.

Dywedodd Heddlu DyfedPowys ei bod yn gerddwr rheolaidd ond wedi bod yn dioddef o arwyddion cynnar clefyd Alzheimer.

Mountain timau chwilio yr Heddlu (@ BreconMRT, @ Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @ DyfedPowys) Achub ac maent wedi bod yn chwilio am Ms Herkes sy’n cwmpasu ardaloedd mawr o dir ffermio a choetir yn y Trallwng a’r cyffiniau.

Dywedodd Poilice oedd pryder mawr nad oedd wedi dychwelyd ar l ychydig oriau gan ei bod yn arfer.

Cadarnhaodd Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu bod y chwilio am Petra wedi bod yn llwyddiannus a bod wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

(Diweddarwyd o adroddiad News BBC)A cerddwr chlefyd Alzheimer wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

Gadawodd Petra Maria Herkes, 64, o’r Trallwng ym Mhowys, ei chartref yn gynnar ar fore dydd Llun, ond wedi methu dychwelyd.

Dywedodd Heddlu DyfedPowys ei bod yn gerddwr rheolaidd ond wedi bod yn dioddef o arwyddion cynnar clefyd Alzheimer.

Mountain timau chwilio yr Heddlu (@ BreconMRT, @ Western_Beacons, Aberdyfi SART @ DyfedPowys) Achub ac maent wedi bod yn chwilio am Ms Herkes sy’n cwmpasu ardaloedd mawr o dir ffermio a choetir yn y Trallwng a’r cyffiniau.

Dywedodd Poilice oedd pryder mawr nad oedd wedi dychwelyd ar l ychydig oriau gan ei bod yn arfer.

Cadarnhaodd Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu bod y chwilio am Petra wedi bod yn llwyddiannus a bod wedi cael ei ddarganfod yn ddiogel ac yn iach.

(Diweddarwyd o adroddiad News BBC)

 

UK: 760 dead in heatwave – Heat-Health Watch Level 3 – Amber – 180713 1045z

Weather Warning

Thursday 18th July 2013

HEAT-HEALTH WATCH

LEVEL 3 – AMBER

There is a 90% probability of heatwave conditions between 0900 on Thursday and 2100 on Friday in southwest England, West Midlands, London and southeast England.

Southwest England and the West Midlands have been elevated from level 2 to level 3. Southeast England and London remain at level 3.

East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and East of England remain at level 2. Northeast England and northwest England remain at level 1.

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region.

END

The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/summerhealth/pages/heatwave.aspx

This video suggests precautions you can take so we all can enjoy the summer weekend.

Update:

Heatwave warning extended across England as up to 760 deaths linked to hightemperatures

UK: Penarth & Barry Dock Lifeboats aid yacht aground off Penarth pier, after Mayday call. Crew rescued, unhurt. – 270513 2245z

Both Penarth lifeboats were launched at 15.40 today after a Mayday was broadcast from a yacht aground near the Penarth pier.

The vessel was in breaking seas, three crew of its crew were evacuated by the D class and placed aboard Barry Dock lifeboat. The vessel’s skipper and a Penarth crew member stayed aboard until it refloated and was recovered to Cardiff Bay, all aboard safe and well.
Penarth Lifeboat Report
**Incident 24 ** 27 May 1545 – Tasked by Swansea to a vessel with 4 Persons On Board (POB) that had run aground just off the Outer Wrach Buoy (near Penarth Pier). On scene to vessel hard aground, vessel under observation until Penarth Lifeboat and Barry Dock Lifeboat arrived. 3 POB taken aboard Penarth IRB and transferred to Barry ALB. Penarth RNLI crew members go on-board casualty vessel to help re-float vessel and help the crew motor into Cardiff Barrage, where the were met by Penarth Coastguard. Casualties were all safe and well and required no medical attention. The vessel had all necessary lifesaving equipment (Lifejackets, radio, DSC, first aid kit, GPS) but had out of date flares. Safety advice was given and the crew returned the Penarth RNLI crew members back to the boat house; Released by Swansea to return to our station.

Twitter: @RNLIPenarth @RNLIBarrydock

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Key facts about the RNLI

“The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contacting the RNLI – public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0845 122 6999 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland” – RNLI

Wales: Dramatic sea cliff rescue of spear fishing pair at Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch – 070513 1125z

Abersoch RNLI in dramatic sea cliff rescue

During their second call out of the year, Abersoch RNLI volunteers stayed with two casualties, stranded on rocks pummeled by a swelling sea, to await the arrival of RAF Rescue helicopter 122 (RAF Valley) which winched them all to safety.

These dramatic events, which also involved teams of local Coastguard and Beach Patrol, took place at the precarious base of steep sea cliffs at the south eastern end of Porth Ceiriad,three miles south of Abersoch.

Abersoch RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Margaret Bench of Solihull, was launched at 5.20pm on Saturday 4 May after receiving initial reports that the casualties were two children. After 10 minutes the RNLIvolunteers were on scene, having spotted two men in apparent difficulties on the rocks.

One crew member was able to jump from the bow of the inshore lifeboat on to the rocks and make his way up to assess the casualties. There was a big swell breaking on that point, so the lifeboat retreated to a safer position for the volunteers to consider the next move. It quickly became apparent that another crew member, one with first aid experience, was needed on the rocks.

So with skillful seamanship, the RNLI inshore lifeboat was maneuvered to enable the second crew member to position himself on the rocks, equipped with the first aid kit and a handheld radio. One of the casualties was injured, complaining of neck and back pain and a neck collar was fitted.

The waves were increasing in size with some breaking over the four men. The breaking swells knocked the radio and both kit bags out of the grasp of the volunteers as they hung on to the casualties. So there was no way of communicating with the inshore lifeboat, Rescue 122 or Holyhead Coastguard.

At 5.38pm the rescue helicopter arrived, alerted to the position with the aid of a crew member’s orange day smoke flare. With the aircraft hovering above, another big wavebroke. RNLI helmsman Andy Gunby, who had earlier decided to put himself as the second crewman on the rocks, leaving Senior Helmsman,David Williams in charge of the inshore lifeboat, said:

‘We were trying to keep the casualty as immobile as possible when a big breaker hit the rocks, swamping all of us and washing crew member Paul Collins 10 feet down the cliff into the water.’

Fortunately, Paul was able to cling on and eventually made his way back up to take care of the casualties.

The RAFwinchman was lowered to the casualty’s position, and as the sea conditions were very rough at that time, he decided it was too dangerous to use a stretcher. So the injured casualty was carefully lifted, with the winchman, into the aircraft.

When the latter came back down to the rocks, the second casualty and crew member Paul Collinswere also hoisted. Finally, to complete the evacuation helmsman Andy Gunby and the winchman were lifted to safety.

Both Abersoch RNLI crew members were transferred in the Rescue 122 to the beach at Porth Ceiriad, and then the casualties were immediately flown by helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

One crewman was taken back to the boathouse by Abersoch Beach Patrol and the other waded out to be picked up by the inshore lifeboat, returning to station at 6.10pm.” – RNLI

Abersoch Lifeboat Statement (more detail)

“Launched on service to two adults stuck at bottom of cliffs at Porth Ceiriad. On our way Holyhead Coastguard informed us that one person wasn’t moving as injured.
The swell increased as we got past St Tudwals islands and headed towards Ceiriad. We arrived at Porth Ceiriad and began searching, they both had black wetsuits on – We spotted them quickly and guided the boat in through big breaking waves. One crew member made his way to the bow of the lifeboat to jump onto the rocks. Once on the rocks he clung on and timed climbing up the rocks with the breaking waves while the lifeboat moved back out of the breakers.
Our crew member climbed up to both casualties one of them wasn’t moving lay on his back the other seemed fit and well. Both casualties were assessed, he was just about conscious but had taken a big bang on his head from a rock whilst spear fishing and swallowed a lot of sea water. Therefore immeadiately concerned about possible neck and spinal injuries. He was breathing and able to say a few words.

The swell started to increase dramatically and were breaking over the 3 of them. Our crew member was concerned they would all be washed of and down the rocks as it was incredibly slippy so he straddled the casualty protecting him while maintaining his airway and reassuring him and his friend. Telling his friend to move up the cliffs as high as he could and get secure for the breaking waves.
Meanwhile the lifeboat was trying to get the second crew member onto the rocks to assist. He quickly got onto the rocks and the lifeboat rapidly got out of the dangerous breaking surf. The waves were getting bigger and bigger, smashing over the top of them. A few minutes later huge wave crashed over them and washed both first aid bags and the handheld radio out of their hands whilst they tried to cling onto the rocks and keep hold of the casualties. So they had no way of communicating with the lifeboat, RAF Rescue 122 or Holyhead Coastguard.
After ten minutes or so the RAF Rescue 122 helicopter arrived on scene. They hovered for a while planning whats best to do. During that time another huge wave crashed over them, the crew member that was still straddling the casualty keeping him safe when the wave completely pounded into them and washed that crew member down the cliff landing on more rocks and onto the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and eventually under the water. He came back the the surface and managed to find a rock to grab but it was so slippy and sharp it was difficult to hang onto and was washed off again. More breaking waves smashed into them, he clung on until there was a gap in the swell and managed to climb back up to the casualties being looked after by our other crew member. More waves smashed over them all and everyone nearly got washed down the cliffs a few times, dragging them down with the waves. They had to cling onto the casualties and pulled them back up. The crew decided to move up as high as we could but the cliffs were overhanging us so couldn’t go that much further.
The lifeboat helm was battling to keep the boat pointing into the surf. The RAF winch man came down from the helicopter and winched the injured casualty first. As this was happening the swell was increasing and more breaking waves were hitting them trying to wash them off. The winch man came back down and one crew member and the other casualty were winched up to the helicopter. The winch line went back down to get the remaining crew member and the winch man.
They couldn’t have lasted there another few minutes.
The two casualties were taken straight to Bangor hospital – Ysbyty Gwynedd.
The skill and bravery of the crew of the lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter which was invaluable, saved lives in this incident.”


















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Two men trapped on rocks while spear fishing have been rescued by an RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and airlifted to hospital by rescue helicopter.

The pair were caught in waves breaking below cliffs at Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch, Gwynedd, on Saturday.

Two Abersoch RNLI crew members went to the rocks but was one was temporarily washed into the sea.

The crewmen were airlifted to the beach and the casualties were taken to hospital at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

The alert was raised after the men were swept on to the rocks after leaving the nearby beach.

Woman rescued after falling from yacht off Nash Point, Vale of Glamorgan

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A woman has been flown to hospital after falling overboard from a yacht off Nash Point in the Vale of Glamorgan, say Swansea coastguards.

The skipper of the 35ft yacht sent a radio and mayday message at 07:10 BST reporting the emergency.

The woman was struggling to get back on board but was wearing a lifejacket and was attached to the boat.

An RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon pulled her from the water.

She was flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where coastguards later said she was making a good recovery.

David Jones, Swansea Coastguard duty watch manager, said: “We cannot stress enough how important it is for people to be well prepared when they head out to sea.

“These crew members were well equipped. I believe the correct use of DSC radio no doubt assisted in the swift recovery of this casualty…

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Wales: RNLI – Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947 remembered – 230413 1430z

 

(Photo: RNLI) Today’s Mumbles Lifeboat

Today’s Mumbles lifeboat:

“Today we take a moment a remember those lost in the 1947 Mumbles lifeboat disaster, in which all eight of our lifeboat crew members perished alongside the 39 people onboard the stricken steamship Samtampa they had attempted to rescue after she ran aground.”

 

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The Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947

Friday 20 April 2012, 10:00 Phil Carradice

“As far as sailors are concerned the land bordering the Bristol Channel, and in particular its northern extremity, has always been a dangerous and deadly stretch of coast.

This part of the estuary has seen hundreds, perhaps thousands, of shipwrecks over the years but none is more famous or more tragic than the post-war wreck of the Liberty ship Samtampa and the subsequent loss of the Mumbles lifeboat Edward Prince of Wales.

The double disaster took place on the night of 23 April 1947. The Samtampa was a 7219 ton Liberty ship, built and launched in the USA in December 1943, one of many vessels intended to plug the gap caused by the German U-boat campaign against British and Allied shipping.

She, like all of her class, was built in a hurry, her hull being welded together rather than riveted – something that may have contributed to the eventual breaking up of the stricken ship.

By 1947 the Samtampa was owned and operated by the Houlder Line. On 19 April she left Middlesborough, in ballast and therefore high out of the water, bound for Newport. Her captain, Neale Sherwell, was a New Zealander, an experienced and able seaman. In all, she had a crew of 39.

Severe gales

By the afternoon of 23 April, the Samtampa was in the channel off the Devon coast. With a severe south westerly gale blowing and being in ballast, she was light and soon unmanageable. Both anchors were out but the stricken vessel was being blown, slowly and inexorably, towards the Welsh coast.

Her captain had little option other than to radio for assistance. The nearest lifeboat station at Mumbles, to the west of Swansea, was alerted.

As darkness gathered, the Mumbles lifeboat Edward Prince of Wales, under the command of coxswain William Gammon, was launched in what was to prove a fatal and unsuccessful rescue attempt. Unable to locate the Samtampa, Gammon brought his tiny craft back to the slipway at Mumbles in order to find the exact location of the vessel. Then he and his crew set out, once more, into gigantic seas and a wind that had now assumed virtual hurricane proportions.

Shortly after 7pm the Samtampa was driven onto the rocks of Sker Point, close to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The tragedy was that watchers from the shore could see what was happening, could even hear the cries of the doomed men, but were powerless to help in any way.

The hull broke into three sections almost immediately. The bow section drifted several hundred yards out to sea and most of the crew huddled together on the central bridge section or at the stern. They were already beyond help.

The Porthcawl Lifesaving Company made three attempts to fire rockets out to the ship, with the hope of setting up a breechers boy. But, with the wreck lying about 500 yards beyond the waters edge and the wind – now between Force 10 and 11 – howling into their faces, the lines fell well short. Before long all three sections of the wreck were under water.

The Edward Prince of Wales was last seen by Coastguard watchers at 7.10 pm. She was not equipped with radio and attempts to communicate with her by signal lamp were hindered by mountainous seas and rain squalls. It was not until the following morning that her wrecked hull was found about 450 yards south east of the Samtampa.

The events surrounding the loss of the Edward Prince of Wales will never be fully known. The RNLI, after looking into the disaster, said that she had been capsized and driven ashore onto the rocks at high water, about 8pm on 23 April. She was never seen by the watchers on Sker Point so it is hard to confirm these findings.

Choked by oil

Many of the bodies – lifeboat men and sailors from the Samtampa – were found with their mouths, ears and nostrils clogged by fuel oil. In many cases they had died after being choked by this oil rather than by drowning.

There is a theory that William Gammon took his tiny vessel inside the stricken Liberty ship, between the Samtampa and the coast, where the water was calmer and the chances of taking men off were greater. Then, so runs the theory, the Samtampa was hit by a gigantic wave that threw her on top of the lifeboat and capsized her.

After this time it is hard to know – certainly there were few marks on the hull of the boat while everything above deck had been smashed away, consistent with her being driven ashore upside down.

In all, 39 of Samtampa’s crew perished along with eight crewmen from the Edward Prince of Wales. It remains perhaps the worst maritime disaster to hit the south Wales coast. But such is the courage of the men and women of the RNLI that within 24 hours of the sinkings a new lifeboat crew had been formed and the service from Mumbles carried on as before.” – BBC Blog

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“The story of the Samtampa is one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory and happened in April 1947 after originally setting out from Middlesborough to Newport, and developing engine trouble after entering the Bristol Channel.

“Her Captain, Neale Sherwell, decided to drop anchor down just off Lynmouth to carry out repairs on the engine… The weather was deteriorating by the minute. First the starboard anchor was dragged, then the port cable snapped. Unfortunately, the hurricane force winds took the old Liberty ship eastwards and within minutes she was on the rocky ledges near Sker Point.”” – Prince Kenfig

Downwood Film Productions – Dangerous Coast

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The west coast of Britain is one of the most dangerous coasts in the world, and on 23rd April 1947 a 7,000 ton liberty ship, the S.S. “Samtampa”, entered the Bristol Channel in a strengthening gale. The “Samtampa” quickly got into difficulty, and the Mumbles lifeboat was called out to render assistance. Several hours later, the “Samtampa” lay wrecked on the rocks of Sker Point, Porthcawl in Glamorgan, with the Mumbles lifeboat capsized nearby, there were no survivors.
Many of the scenes in this remarkable and memorable film have been carefully recreated, including the “Samtampa”, the lifeboat “Edward Price of Wales”, the Coastguard and bystanders at Sker Point as the ship ran aground, attempts to launch rockets over the wreck, and the subsequent burning of the doomed lifeboat.

FULL VERSION AVAILABLE – http://downwoodfilms.com/product.php?id_product=12


It is 190 years since Sir William Hillary asked the nation to lend our utmost aid to those in trouble at sea.It was an impassioned appeal to the nation, calling for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea, that ultimately led to the formation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Help those in peril on the sea: RNLI founders call still resonates

What drives postmen, engineers and teachers to put their own lives at risk to save those in peril on the sea?

RNLI: What drives these volunteers to put their own lives at risk?

An account of the incredible history of Irish lifeboats, and the even more incredible men and women who are respond in the case of disaster.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

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Welsh Government announces purchase of Cardiff Airport

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The First Minister of Wales has today [March 27] announced that the Welsh Government has purchased Cardiff Airport for a total investment of £52 million. This follows a period of due diligence and negotiation with TBI, the airport’s previous owner.

Announcing the purchase, the First Minister said, ‘Cardiff Airport is a vital gateway to Wales for business, tourists and general travellers alike. It is essential that its future is secured and that we develop high quality sustainable services.’

‘The Airport will not be operated by the Welsh Government. It will be managed at arm’s length from government on a commercial basis and, over time, I expect to see a return to the public purse on the investment.’

‘A Chief Executive of the airport will be announced in due course. In the meantime, I am delighted that Lord Rowe-Beddoe has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Airport Board.’

Edwina Hart…

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UK Search & Rescue helicopters to be cut by nearly 50% – 300313 1650z

Search and Rescue sell-off

The government is set to announce that Britains Search and Rescue service is to be sold off to an American firm.

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Duke of Cambridges base could be shut down

The Duke of Cambridge shows his father one of the RAF's distinctive yellow Sea King helicopters at RAF Valley on Anglesey
The Duke of Cambridge shows his father one of the RAFs distinctive yellow Sea King helicopters at RAF Valley on Anglesey Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Among the 12 bases from where search and rescue operations are launched is RAF Valley on Anglesey, where the Duke of Cambridge is based.

Under the contracts due to be unveiled tomorrow, the total number of bases is expected to be cut from 12 to10 although it is not clear which bases will be closed.

Assurances have already been given that the Duke will be moved to another part of the military rather than being employed by the firm that is awarded the search and rescue contracts.

For more: Privatisation of the Coastguard Service HasArrived

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Press release

Government contract to deliver faster, state of the art search and rescue fleet

Department for Transport has signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK.

A new 1.6 billion contract for search and rescue helicopter services will see the UK benefit from improved flying times and better coverage of high-risk areas.

The Department for Transport has today signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK. Helicopters will be able to reach a larger area of the UK search and rescue region within one hour of take off than is currently possible, and based on historic incident data it is estimated that there will be an overall improvement in flying times to incidents of around 20% (from 23 to 19 minutes). Presently, approximately 70% of high and very high risk areas within the UK search and rescue region are reachable by helicopter within 30 minutes. Under the new contract, approximately 85% of the same area would be reached within this timeframe.

Todays announcement represents a major investment by the government in providing a search and rescue helicopter service using the most up to date helicopters and meeting the highest professional standards.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

Our search and rescue helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea.

With 24 years of experience providing search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first class service with state-of-the-art helicopters.

Under the new contract, 22 state of the art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.

  • Ten Sikorsky S92s will be based, 2 per site, at Stornoway and Sumburgh, and at new bases at Newquay, Caernarfon and Humberside airports
  • Ten AgustaWestland AW189s will operate, 2 per site, from Lee on Solent and a new hangar at Prestwick airport, and new bases which will be established at St Athan, Inverness and Manston airports

All bases will be operational 24 hours a day.

Press enquiries: 020 7944 3118
Out of hours: 020 7944 4292
Public enquiries: 0300 330 3000

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3:21PM GMT 29 Mar 2013

Britains search and rescue helicopters to be cut by nearly 50pc in new deal

“Britain’s fleet of search and rescue helicopters will be cut by nearly 50 per cent as a result of the privatisation deal announced by the Government this week.

The Ministry of Defence will retire its 40-strong fleet of Sea King helicopters from 2016, with the search and rescue aircraft being replaced with newer models provided by Texas-based firm Bristow in a 1.6 billion contract with the Department for Transport announced on Tuesday.

However, The Telegraph understands that only 22 new helicopters have been commissioned under the new contract a shortfall of 45 per cent.

Ten of the new helicopters are believed to be AgustaWestland AW189s models and another 10 are thought to be Sikorsky S-92s, both four-bladed twin-engined crafts.

The new craft are expected to be 20 per cent faster than the existing Sea Kings and will be introduced from 2015 in a 10-year deal ending 70 years of search and rescue being run by the RAF and Royal Navy.

Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset, who has campaigned to prevent a search and rescue base in Portland from closing, condemned the cuts saying it would have a severe impact on safety.

However fast it is, one helicopter can only be in one place at one time,” he said.

I dont care how fast they are, if they are tasked elsewhere, and you have less helicopters, what helicopter is going to come and do the job? So by cutting the number of helicopters, thats a risk.

The less helicopters and bases you have, the more likely a rescue helicopter will be on another task and will not be able to get where its needed, were there more helicopters and more bases.

He added: The integrity of search and rescue, by removing Portland, will be harmed, and my fear is and I dont want to be alarmist that lives will be lost.

Helicopters are notorious for breaking down, because there are so many working parts.

The Ministry of Defence said front line services would not be impacted by the cut as only 16 of the existing Sea King fleet are deployed for search and rescue missions, with the rest undergoing maintenance or used for training.

Four of the 16 Sea Kings always in deployment are operated by the Royal Navy, while the RAF operates 12, with two helicopters on each base.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) operates another seven helicopters, bringing the number of front line search and rescue aircraft to 23. Those seven, however, are in addition to the 40 aircraft run by the Ministry of Defence.

It was unclear whether those craft will be retired.

A MoD spokesperson said: It is wrong to suggest the MoD operates 40 Search and Rescue helicopters at any one time. There are 16 operational Royal Navy and RAF Sea Kings – 2 at each of the 8 bases – which deliver the UKs search and rescue service. The rest of the fleet are either in deep maintenance, used as part of training programmes or based overseas. These aircraft are not available for operations.

From 2015, search and rescue services will be provided by 22 Bristow helicopters, under a contract awarded by the Department for Transport.

A spokesperson for Bristow Helicopters admitted there would be no additional aircraft to replace any that are taken out of service but said the helicopters will all be kept fully-maintained and ready to fly, with spare parts always available if an aircraft needs to be serviced.

The company added that it expects 20 of the new helicopters to be used for frontline rescue operations, with two used for training or maintenance at any one time.

The Department for Transport insisted the new service would be better than the current one.

It said: “There will be an overall improvement in flying times to incidents of around 20 per cent (from 23 to 19 minutes).

Presently, approximately 70 per cent of high and very high-risk areas within the UK search and rescue region are reachable by helicopter within 30 minutes. Under the new contract, approximately 85 per cent of the same area would be reached within this time frame.” ” – Melanie Hall and Amy Willis telegraph.co.uk

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Wales: Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team in action on Snowdon, be aware of Snowdonia snow danger this Easter – 230313 1955z

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (@LlanberisMRT 0n twitter) in action on Snowdon in winter conditions on 21st March 2013. llanberismountainrescue

Mountaineering Instructor & Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team member, Rob Johnson:

Be aware of the significant amount of snow on the mountains this Easter in Snowdonia know the dangers of descending the railway instead of the Llanberis Path in winter.

We have not published it to criticise the people we have rescued – as team members we are all climbers and mountaineers and enjoy the mountains ourselves.

We are happy to help fellow mountaineers when they over stretch themselves in their adventures or are simply unlucky but we also try and educate to prevent people having an unnecessary epic!

Thats the purpose of this video so please share and spread the word – by getting into the mainstream media we are more likely to reach the people that would not otherwise appreciate the hazards of winter.

Wales: Angle lifeboat, rescue helo & warship in dramatic medevac from trawler in rough sea & force 8 gale, 2 other shouts detailed – 230313 0035z

(Photo: RAF/Angle lifeboat) Angle lifeboat standing off.

“The first shout yesterday was: At 1033 the ALB launched to reports of a young male threatening to jump from the Cleddau Bridge, near Pembroke Dock. As the young man was not seen on the bridge when the Coastguard arrived on scene the ALB deployed her daughter boat, and the two boats conducted a thorough search of the area. At 1212 the Coastguard and Police were satisfied that the risk was sufficiently reduced that the ALB could be released to return to station. She arrived back on the slipway at approximately 1300.

The second, and longest, of yesterday’s shouts. The crew had barely arrived at their homes for a well-earned lunch when the pagers went again. The ALB launched at 1358 to assist an injured crewman from a 25-metre French trawler south of the Smalls, a rocky outcrop with a lighthouse, some 21 miles west of the station.

In very rough sea conditions with up to 6.5m swell, an RAF helicopter had spent an hour trying to get a winchman aboard the trawler, but had been unable to, and had left the scene to refuel at Haverfordwest. The ALB arrived on scene at the same time as a Royal Naval warship, who had offered to try to provide a lee for the ALB to transfer the casualty, and a translator to assist with communications with the French-speaking trawler crew. The ALB made approaches assess the possibility of coming alongside the vessel. The condition of the casualty was given at this time as able to walk, but weak, and suffering hypothermia. It would not have been possible to transfer such a casualty in the conditions, and the trawler was asked to make best speed toward the coast where, given the offshore wind, conditions were more favourable, and the rescue helicopter was requested to return to the scene. On her arrival, still in dreadful conditions, after numerous attempts the helicopter winchman was able to land on the trawler, and the casualty airlifted to hospital. The ALB was unable to rehouse due to the conditions at the slipway, and was moored at approximately 1900, prior to seeking a berth in a local marina.

FB video of medevac from trawler, March 21, 2013

And the third shout yesterday: Before she slipped her mooring, Milford Haven Coastguard requested the assistance of the lifeboat for the third time, to help investigate reports of red flares, sighted at Gelliswick, in the Milford Haven waterway. Using radar, searchlights and night-vision equipment nothing was found. The lifeboat was taken to Neyland marina, leaving the boat at 2110, and the crew driven back to Angle in the station Land Rover, arriving about an hour later. The lifeboat is still ready for service, with the crew ready to drive to Neyland should the pagers go. The crew expect to bring her back to the boathouse on Saturday morning.” – Angle Lifeboat RNLI

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(Photo: Royal Navy) RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was sent to the scene but weather conditions proved too bad for a winchman to be lowered on to the vessel

“This dramatic photograph shows the awful conditions that a Pembrokeshire RNLI crew battled through to get to an injured fisherman yesterday (Thursday).

The Portuguese fisherman was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury on his fishing boat about 30 nautical miles west of St Anns Head.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was sent to the scene but weather conditions proved too bad for a winchman to be lowered on to the vessel.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Angle was launched to meet the vessel, which was asked to head closer to land to try to find calmer waters, and HMS Echo went to assist.

The helicopter then returned to the scene and airlifted the casualty to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Milford Haven Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was contacted by the French authorities just before midday to report that a fisherman needed evacuation.

Watch keeping staff at Milford Haven MRCC tried to make contact with the vessel, but the people on board spoke little English, and a member of MRCC staff who spoke French managed to pass on some information.

The wind at the time was blowing a south easterly gale force eight (39-46 mph), with rough seas.

Milford Haven MRCC watch manager Barrie Yelland said: “Due to the weather conditions, this was a challenging rescue for all involved. It was made all the more difficult as those on board the fishing vessel couldn’t speak English.”

Commenting on last nights incident, MP Stephen Crabb said: I praise the efforts of all those involved in last nights rescue off St Anns Head. It is testament to the skills and dedication of the crew of volunteers from Angle RNLI , our local Coastguard and the RAF, who worked together to battle against the challenging weather conditions to bring this injured fisherman to safety. I understand that the individual is now receiving attention in Morriston Hospital.

This incident is a reminder of why we worked so hard to retain our much valued local coastguard centre in Milford Haven. And a reminder of the excellent work carried out locally to help support the RNLI in their vital work in saving lives at sea. “

Wales: Mountain Rescue Teams brave blizzards to find brothers stranded in Brecon Beacons – 180313 2240z

“Mountain rescuers battled night-time blizzards to rescue two brothers who got into difficulties attempting the ascent of south Waless highest mountain.

(Photo: grough.co.uk) Rescuers make their way to the brothers through a blizzard

The pair set off to walk to the summit of Pen y Fan on Saturday, but as the weather worsened, one of the men suffered an injury and they called 999.

Members of Brecon, Central Beacons and Longtown Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted about 3.15pm. The brothers told police they were stranded 600m (2,000ft) up on the Brecon Beacons above the village of Llanfrynach, south-east of Brecon.

Dave Coombs, deputy team leader of Brecon MRT, said: Due to the weather conditions the Wales Air Ambulance and the RAF search and rescue helicopters were unable to fly.

This meant the rescue would have to be carried out by mountain rescue personnel.

The 16 rescuers set off in worsening conditions to find the walkers. As they climbed rain turned to snow and visibility dropped to less than 40m. It soon became clear that the walkers had misjudged their position, so team coordinators used smartphone software to locate them.

The rescue took place while the Welsh national rugby team was beating England in a crucial Six Nations tournament game.

Mr Coombs said: We located them just as we heard the half time score from the Millennium Stadium.

The two walkers were sheltering in a tent. One was uninjured but his companion was injured following a fall and was suffering from hypothermia.” – grough.co.uk

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Brecon Beacons mountain rescue in blizzard conditions

“The Six Nations triumph was not the only heroics by a Welsh team on Saturday, as these incredible video clips show.

Members of three mountain rescue teams were called into action after two walkers became stranded on the Brecon Beacons in snowy, white-out conditions.

The rescuers found the men one of whom was injured and could not to continue and carried them to safety through the blizzard conditions before an RAF helicopter arrived to collect them.

It is understood the two walkers who are from the Gloucester area had been planning to walk from Storey Arms to Tal-y-Bont when they ran into difficulties and had to make an emergency call.

Members of the Brecon, Central Beacons and Longtown mountain rescue teams went to their aid.

Mark Jones, deputy team leader from the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, said they had the call for help just after 3pm on Saturday, with the 16 rescuers setting off from the village of Llafrynach to try to find the stranded men.

The long walk in… from Jones on Vimeo.

He said: When we started from the road it was raining but as we got onto the mountains the snow was coming down and the wind really blowing, visibility was down to about 40 metres. The wind was right in our faces.

After walking for about five kilometres we got to the grid reference the walkers had given us but they werent there we carried out a search of the area and found them about 500 metres away.

We must have got to them about half-time in the rugby I know because a friend texted me the score.

The two walkers were sheltering in a tent one was uninjured but his companion was injured following a fall and was suffering from mild hyopthermia.

The rescuers got the men on to stretchers then began to carry them off the mountains in blizzard-like conditions across a landscape of peat hags deep depressions in the peaty surface.

Mr Jones said: We decided not to use the path because it was close to the edge of a drop and we could not run the risk of going over the edge in the conditions.

The ground is very uneven in that area the snow was going from ankle deep to waist deep as we made out way through the peat hags.”

Eventually an RAF helicopter arrived to pick-up the walkers but because of the snow was unable to land, so the casualties were winched aboard and flown to hospital.

Snow rescue with 169 from Jones on Vimeo.

Both men are understood to be okay following their ordeal.

Mr Jones said: We finally got off the mountain around midnight the conditions were exhausting.” – thisissouthwales.co.uk

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Achubwyr mynydd brwydro nos stormydd eira i achub dau frawd sy’n mynd i drafferthion cynnig ar y dringo de mynydd uchaf Cymru.

(Llun: grough.co.uk) Rescuers gwneud eu ffordd i’r brodyr trwy storm eira

Sefydlodd y ddau i ffwrdd i gerdded i gopa Pen y Fan ddydd Sadwrn, ond wrth i’r tywydd waethygu, un o’r dynion yn dioddef anaf ac maent yn galw 999.

Aelodau o Aberhonddu, Brycheiniog Canolog a Thimau Achub Mynydd Longtown yn gwybod am 3.15pm. Mae’r brodyr dweud wrth yr heddlu eu bod yn sownd 600m (2,000 troedfedd) i fyny ar y Bannau Brycheiniog uwchben pentref Llanfrynach, i’r de-ddwyrain o Aberhonddu.

Dywedodd Dave Coombs, arweinydd tm dirprwy Aberhonddu MRT,: “Oherwydd y tywydd Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru a chwilio RAF a hofrenyddion achub yn gallu hedfan.

“Roedd hyn yn golygu y byddai’r achub i gael eu cynnal gan bersonl achub mynydd.”

Mae’r 16 achubwyr yn gosod i ffwrdd yn gwaethygu amodau i ddod o hyd i’r cerddwyr. Wrth iddyn nhw ddringo law yn troi i eira a gwelededd gostwng i lai na 40m. Mae’n fuan daeth yn amlwg bod y cerddwyr wedi camfarnu o’u safle, fel cydlynwyr tm a ddefnyddir meddalwedd smartphone i ddod o hyd iddynt.

Mae’r achub Cynhaliwyd tra bod y tm rygbi cenedlaethol Cymru yn curo Lloegr mewn Mhencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwlad gm twrnamaint.

Dywedodd Mr Coombs: “Rydym yn lleoli ohonynt yn unig fel y clywsom yr hanner amser sgr o Stadiwm y Mileniwm.

“Mae’r ddau gerddwyr yn cysgodi mewn pabell. Cafodd un ei anafu, ond ei gydymaith ei anafu yn dilyn cwymp ac roedd yn dioddef o hypothermia “-. Grough.co.uk

Stori lawn: stormydd eira Rescuers dewr i ddod o hyd i frodyr sownd ym Mannau Brycheiniog (grough)

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Bannau Brycheiniog achub mynydd mewn amodau storm eira

“Nid yw’r fuddugoliaeth y Chwe Gwlad oedd yr unig arwrol gan dm Cymru ar ddydd Sadwrn, fel y clipiau fideo yn dangos anhygoel.

Aelodau o dri thm achub mynydd eu galw i weithredu ar l dau gerddwyr yn sownd ar y Bannau Brycheiniog yn eira, gwyn-allan amodau.

Mae’r achubwyr fod y dynion – un ohonynt oedd yn eu hanafu ac nid oedd i barhau – ac a’u dug hwynt i ddiogelwch trwy’r amodau storm eira cyn hofrennydd y Llu Awyr wedi cyrraedd i’w casglu.

Deellir y ddau cerddwyr – sydd yn dod o ardal Caerloyw – wedi bod yn cynllunio i gerdded o Storey Arms i Dal-y-Bont pan fyddant yn rhedeg i drafferthion a bu’n rhaid i wneud galwad frys.

Aelodau o’r Brycheiniog, Bannau Canolog a Longtown timau achub mynydd yn mynd at eu cymorth.

Dywedodd Mark Jones, dirprwy arweinydd tm gan y Tm Achub Mynydd Aberhonddu, cawsant y galw am gymorth yn union ar l 3pm ar ddydd Sadwrn, gyda’r 16 achubwyr cychwyn o bentref Llafrynach i geisio dod o hyd i’r dynion sownd.

Mae’r daith hir i mewn .. gan Jones ar Vimeo.

Dywedodd: “Pan ddechreuon ni o’r ffordd roedd hi’n bwrw glaw, ond wrth i ni ar y mynyddoedd yr eira yn dod i lawr ac mae’r gwynt yn chwythu mewn gwirionedd, gwelededd wedi gostwng i oddeutu 40 metr. Roedd y gwynt yn iawn yn ein hwynebau.

“Ar l cerdded am tua phum cilomedr i ni gyrraedd y cyfeirnod grid y cerddwyr wedi rhoi i ni, ond nid oeddent yno – rydym yn cynnal chwiliad o’r ardal a dod o hyd iddynt tua 500 metr i ffwrdd.

“Mae’n rhaid i ni wedi mynd nhw am hanner amser yn y rygbi – yr wyf yn gwybod am fod yn ffrind i mi anfon neges destun y sgr.”

Mae’r ddau gerddwyr yn cysgodi mewn pabell – un yn anafu ond roedd ei gydymaith ei anafu yn dilyn cwymp ac roedd yn dioddef o hyopthermia ysgafn.

Mae’r achubwyr cael y dynion ar stretsier ac yna dechreuodd i gario oddi ar y mynyddoedd yn storm eira-fel amodau ar draws tirwedd o fawn hags – pantiau dwfn yn y arwyneb mawnaidd.

Dywedodd Mr Jones: “Rydym yn penderfynu peidio defnyddio’r llwybr am ei fod yn agos at ymyl y gostyngiad ac ni allem rhedeg y risg o fynd dros yr ymyl yn yr amodau.

“Mae’r tir yn anwastad iawn yn yr ardal honno – yr eira yn mynd o ffr dwfn i ganol dwfn wrth i ni wneud allan ffordd drwy’r hags mawn.”

Yn y pen draw yn hofrennydd y Llu Awyr yn cyrraedd i godi i fyny i’r cerddwyr ond oherwydd yr eira yn gallu tir, felly y damweiniau yn cael eu winsio fwrdd a hedfan i’r ysbyty.

Achub Snow gyda 169 o Jones ar Vimeo.

Ddau ddyn yn cael eu deall i gael iawn yn dilyn eu ddioddefaint.

Dywedodd Mr Jones: “. Rydym yn olaf got oddi ar y mynydd tua hanner nos – yr amodau yn flinedig” “- thisissouthwales.co.uk

Father and son rescued on Snowdon by RAF helicopter

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Sea King (1)A father and his teenage son have been rescued high on Snowdon by an RAF helicopter.

The rescue took place at 2,200ft (671m) near Crib Goch after they had gone off a path onto a snowy ledge.

Rescuers said it was extremely cold on the peak and the pair were not dressed for the conditions.

They were winched aboard unharmed and flown down to Llanberis at the foot of the mountain.

Footprints in the snow had helped to guide the helicopter, based at Valley on Anglesey, to the pair.

A mountain rescue team had been on standby at Llanberis.

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Lucky escape for ice climber after 100ft fall in Snowdonia

Wales Air Forum

RAF ValleyAN ICE climber fell 100ft down a frozen cliff – but miraculously only suffered a twisted ankle.

The man in his 40s was climbing at Parsley Fern Gully, Cwm Glas, Snowdonia, in sub-zero temperatures when he plummeted down the slope at lunchtime today.

He fell around 100ft before a ledge halted his descent – saving him from falling another 100ft.

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team(MRT) and 22 Squadron search and rescue team were alerted and went to the scene at around 12.30pm.

Two members of the mountain team were already climbing close to the incident and were quickly able to locate and secure the climber.

Three more team members were then winched down on to the cliff by the 22 Squadron helicopter.

They reached the climber and he was then airlifted from the scene to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

A spokesman for the RAF unit said he had suffered a…

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PENARTH COASTGUARDS AND POLICE RECOVER BODY OF MAN FROM CLIFFS AT RANNY BAY

Penarth Daily News

The body of a 68-year-old man has been recovered by police and Penarth Coastguards from the base of a cliff at Ranny Bay – midway between Penarth and Lavernock Point.

Police say they do not believe the incident is suspicious – an indication that the  man may have committed suicide. Four coastguard rescue officers from Penarth who are all experts in cliff-rescue techniques worked in icy north-easterly winds to recover the body bring it to the cliff top .

Papers have been prepared for the Vale of Glamorgan coroner but South Wales Police are still working to trace the man’s next of kin.

 

 

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Scotland: 6 university students missing in Cairngorm Mountains found, one dead others uninjured – 110213 1950z

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Search underway in Cairngorms for missing climbers

The six missing were hillwalking in the Cairngorms. Picture: Ian RutherfordThe six missing were hillwalking in the Cairngorms. Picture: Ian Rutherford

By ALISTAIR MUNRO
Published on Monday 11 February 2013 09:48

“A MAJOR search is underway in the Cairngorms for six missing hillwalkers.

 The hillwalkers were reported overdue on Sunday evening

Four climbers were killed in Glencoe last month whilst another three survived an avalanche in the Cairngorms last week

The operation was launched on Sunday evening when the party was reported overdue.

The search comes in the wake of two serious avalanches in the Highlands in the last month, the first in Glencoe claiming four lives.

The search recommenced early this morning and involves personnel from a number of mountain rescue teams, including Cairngorm, Dundonnell, RAF Leuchars, RAF Lossiemouth and Braemar.

Assistance is also being provided by mountain rescuers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, RAF Leeming, Ogwen Valley in Wales, and search and rescue dog teams from across Scotland and the Lake District.

There is an unprecedented number of teams taking part because of a training exercise which had been taking place in the Cairngorms.

Three climbers survived being caught in an avalanche on the same mountain range last week, but sadly four others were swept to their deaths in Glencoe last month.” – scotsman

The party is a group of university students from Leeds. Rescue helicopter being hampered by wind blowing at 60-70 mph

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Man Dies As Five Others Rescued In Cairngorms

The body of a hillwalker is found after a group of young men went missing in the Scottish Highlands.

6:54pm UK, Monday 11 February 2013
Cairngorms Mountain Rescue

The mountain rescue team helped the search (Pic:Cairngorms Mountain Rescue)

The body of a hillwalker has been found after five others were rescued in the Scottish Highlands.

A major search operation, which involved more than 100 rescuers and a helicopter, was launched when a party of six men failed to return from a hike in the Cairngorms on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier on Monday, the five other hikers were found on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team.

When contact was made with the group about 12.10pm, it emerged that one man was still missing.

The man’s body was later found in the Jacob’s Ladder area of the Cairngorms, Northern Constabulary said.

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The walkers went missing in the Cairngorms

The dead man’s identity has not yet been revealed and he will not be named until his next of kin have been told.

The five walkers who were found safe were said to be uninjured and were taken by helicopter to the Aviemore area.

They are all understood to be students in their 20s from the Leeds area. They are either from, or connected to, Leeds University.

They were part of a large group of 35 people who were visiting the Highlands, police said.

Police inquiries into the incident are continuing.

The search team involved 112 people from the police, RAF and mountain rescue teams, as well as sniffer dogs.

Fresh attempts to refloat Airbus ferry at Mostyn

Wales Air Forum

By Steve Bagnall

FRESH attempts were made yesterday to refloat an Airbus ferry which ran aground in bad weather in Mostyn.

The ship, which carries wings made at Airbus’ Broughton plant to France for assembly, got into trouble on Wednesday.

Tugs from Mostyn Port were brought in yesterday to free it after attempts on Wednesday night failed.

Yesterday it had been moved into deeper water, but was still not fully afloat.

It is not uncommon for ferries to experience this type of problem in high tide.

An Airbus spokesman said: “It got into trouble because of the bad weather on Wednesday. There was no damage to the ship, it was not leaking fuel and there was no other danger from the ferry.”

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