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Updated August 2009                                                                                    
Diweddarwyd Awst 2009

9.8.09
  • We attended today's Open Day at Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station which was very well supported by the public and all went smoothly.  The event was attended by Stormy Sam, the RNLI mascot, who was very popular with the children.
  • Bu rhai ohonnom yn cefnogi diwrnod agored Gorsaf Bad Achub Porthdinllaen.   Daeth nifer fawr iawn o bobl yno a cafwyd diwrnod llwyddianus.  Yn boblogaidd iawn ymysg y plant oedd 'Stormy Stan', mascot yr RNLI.
    • Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot
  • The National Coastwatch Institution also opened their newly refurbished lookout to the public;  this is the former Coastguard lookout at Porthdinllaen Point which is expected to become operational by next Spring after their volunteers have been trained and additional items of equipment have been installed. They are still seeking more volunteers to man the lookout and you can contact them through their web site.
  • Manteisiodd sefydliad y National Coastwatch Institution ar y cyfle i agor eu  gorsaf gwylio newydd ar Drwyn Porthdinllaen i'r cyhoedd.  Dyma hen orsaf Gwylwyr y Glannau sydd wedi cael ei hatgyweirio a'i moderneiddio ar gyfer ei hagor erbyn y Gwanwyn nesaf.   Disgwylir y bydd eu gwirfoddolwyr wedi cael eu hyfforddi erbyn hynny a bod offer ychwanegol wedi ei osod yn yr orsaf.   Maent yn dal i chwilio am fwy o wirfoddolwyr i redeg yr orsaf ac os oes ganddoch ddiddordeb cysylltwch a hwy drwy eu gwefan.
National Coastwatch Institution lookout at Porthdinllaen




Spring 2009 / Gwanwyn 2009
  • On Thursday evening 14th. May we were filmed by an S4C television crew exercising at Porthdinllaen Point with presenter Iolo Williams.   This was shown on 1st July as part of a programme about the Nefyn area in the 'Bro' series on S4C.   The programme can be viewed again on the following link until about the fifth of August 2009:   http://www.s4c.co.uk/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=35173483 
(Note that in the background you can see the old Porthdillaen Coastguard lookout which has been closed for many years but which is now being renovated by the National Coastwatch Institution with the intention of re-opening it for watch purposes.  They are currently lookin for volunteers to man the lookout.)
      • Derek our Sector Manager explaining to Iolo what's going on  Aled banging in the stakes       Setting up the equipment  Lashing the stakesThe 'casualty' waiting to be rescued  Alun, the technician, about to lower down  Ready to be hauled up  Iolo getting ready to haul  Haul away!  Safe and sound  Packing up  A laugh and a joke afterwards  Eleri discussing the work with Iolo    
On the weekend of 23rd and 24 th. May the annual Llyn Sea Food Festival was held in Pwllheli next to the sailing club and as usual we had a stand there where we handed out publicity and safety information and answered any questions from members of the public.   Among many visitors to the stand was Lieutenant Jody Maisano of the United States Coast Guard who was on holiday in the area.   You can see her below wearing one of our caps standing with team member Eleri.
Lieutenant Jody Maisano USCG with Eleri    Gareth and Aled at the stand   Busy giving out information  Dic doing his bit  Almost too tall to measure!  Eleri having her blood pressure checked  
Next to us was a stand manned by Llyn Pharmacies and one or two of us took advantage of their facilities to have a health check!  
          




Summer  2008:   New equipment training and asessments
Hf 2008:   Hyfforddiant ac asesiadau gyda'r offer newydd

  • Training has been taking place so that we are all proficient in the use of the new rope rescue equipment that has been issued to all HM Coastguard cliff rescue teams.

    The team has been assessed and passed as capable to carry out rope rescue operations.   Certain members have qualified as rescue ‘technicians’; they are the only ones who are now allowed to work on the cliff face during a rope rescue.   Other team members have qualified as ‘operational’ and their task is to set up and operate the required equipment on the clifftop so that the technician can be lowered down to the casualty to effect a rescue and then recover the technician and casualty using either pulleys or a winch.

    In addition all Coastguard Rescue Officers now have to pass a regular medical examination, with technicians having to attain a higher standard than operational team members.   We are pleased that all our members have now successfully passed the examination.

    Exercises are held at least once a month often with our Sector Manager in charge, where we are trained in such things as searching, radio communications, map reading and other relevant skills as well as rope rescue.


  • 'Rydym wedi bod yn ymarfer yn ddiwyd gyda'r offer achub newydd yr ydym wedi ei dderbyn,  fel ein bod ni i gyd yn hyderus wrth ei ddefnyddio.   Mae’r offer yma wedi ei yrru i bob tim Gwylwyr y Glannau fydd yn defnyddio rhaffau i achub unrhyw un mewn trafferthion ar glogwyni’r mor.
Erbyn hyn ‘rydym wedi cael ein hasesu fel tim ac wedi pasio’r prawf angenrheidiol sy’n caniatau i ni ddefnyddio’r offer a’r sustemau newydd.

Pasiwyd rhai aelodau yn ‘dechnegwyr’; hwy yw’r unig rai sydd a’r hawl i weithio ar wyneb y clogwyn yn ystod gweithred o achub gyda rhaffau.   Pasiwyd eraill fel ‘operadurol’  a’i gwaith hwy fydd gosod yr offer angenrheidiol ar ben yr allt i ollwng y technegwr i lawr y clogwyn at y claf ac yna ei ddychwel ef a’r claf i ddiogelwch gan ddefnyddio  rhaffau unai gyda pwliau neu wins.

Hefyd, erbyn hyn mae’n rhai i bob un aelod o’r tim basio prawf feddygol, gyda’r technegwyr yn gorfod cyrraeth safon uwch na’r gweddill.   Dioch byth fod pawb wedi pasio’n llwyddianus.

Cynhelir sesiynnau o leiaf bob mis, yn aml gyda’n Rheolwr Sector yn goruchwilio, i’n hyfforddi mewn pethau fel, er enghraifft, chwilio, cysylltu ar y radio, darllen map a sgiliau eraill yn ogystal a defnyddio offer rhaffau i achub rhywyn ar glogwyni’r mor.


January 2008:   More new equipment and other news
Ionawr 2008:   Mwy o offer newydd a newyddion arall
  • It's been another quiet end to the year as regards callouts, and in facts a much quieter year altogether than last year. It was probably due to the unfavourable weather during the summer which meant that there were fewer visitors to the area and those that did come did not spend much time at the beach, on the coast or in any sort of activity on the water.
  • One of our members, Dewi, spent some time as part of the Coastguard's response team helping out with the flooding in the Gloucester area.
  • Aled our newest recruit is settling in but is so tall that the Coastguard are having trouble finding uniform items that fit him!
  • All of the Coastguard teams throughout the U.K. that are involved in cliff rescue work are being issued with new rope rescue equipment. This equipment is more compatible with what is used in general rope rescue and rope access work rather than being specially made or adapted for coastguard use only. As a result, everyone in the team has to be trained in the use of this equipment before it can be used in real situations where the lives of people may be at risk. All of our sector managers have been on courses and will now pass on their knowledge to the teams involved. In the meantime we'll continue to use the tried and tested equipment to which we are used.
  • Not all Coastguard teams are rope rescue teams as it depends on the sort of coastline they are responsible for; some are purely search teams, others are mud rescue specialists and there are also some that have rescue boats in areas that are not covered by a RNLI lifeboat.

  • Unwaith eto daeth diwedd tawel i'r flwyddyn, ac i ddweud y gwir cawsom flwyddyn eithaf tawel yn gyfangwbl. 'Mae'n ymddangos fod llai o ymwelwyr i'r ardal yn ystod yr haf oherwydd y tywydd anffafriol ac nad oedd y rhai oedd yma wedi treulio cymaint o amser ar y traeth, o gwmpas yr arfordir nac mewn gwieithgareddau morwrol o unrhyw fath.
  • Treuliodd un o'n haelodau, Dewi, amser yn ardal Caerloyw adeg y llifogydd dinistriol fel aelod o dm Gwylwyr y Glannau oedd yno yn cynorthwyo.
  • Mae Aled ein recriwt diweddaraf wedi dod yn rhan sefydlog o'r tm erbyn hyn ond yn cael dipyn o drafferth i gael dillad iwnifform Gwylwyr y Glannau ddigon mawr i'w ffitio gan ei fod mor dal!
  • Cafwyd rhagor o offer newydd i bob tm Gwylwyr y Glannau sydd yn ymwneud ac achub pobl oddiar gelltydd y mr. Mae'r offer yma yn debycach i'r offer a ddefnyddir gan sefydliadau eraill sy'n ymdrin ag achub neu weithio gyda rhaffau, yn hytrach nag offer wedi ei wneud yn arbennig neu wedi ei addasu ar gyfer Gwylwyr y Glannau yn unig. Fel canlyniad, bydd angen hyfforddi pawb ar sut i ddefnyddio'r offer yma cyn y gellid ei ddefnyddio mewn sefyllfa lle mae bywyd rhywun yn y fantol. Eisioes bu ein rheolwyr sector ar gyrsiau achub gyda rhaffau a byddant yn ein hyfforddi ni yn y sgiliau newydd angenrheidiol. Yn y cyfamser byddwn yn dal i ddefnyddio'r hen fath o offer a ydym wedi hen arfer ag ef.
  • Nid yw pob tm Gwylwyr y Glannau yn dm achub gyda rhaffau gan fod swydd y tm yn dibynnu ar y math o arfordir maent yn gyfrifol amdano; mae rhai yn dimau chwilio, eraill yn dimau achub o fwd ac eraill gyda cychod achub lle nad oes bad achub RNLI ar gael.


New team member / Aelod newydd

  • Following a long and quiet winter period in the way of incidents,  things are beginning to get a little busier.   Tom has now left us and has been replaced by Aled from Tudweiliog.
  • Ar ol cyfnod distaw o ran galwadau dros fisoedd y gaeaf mae pethau'n dechrau prysuro.   Erbyn hyn mae Tom wedi gadael y tim ac 'rydym yn croesawu Aled o Dudweiliog yn ei le.

New equipment / Offer newydd
  • Training has  been continuing regularly and we now have some new equipment.   Probably the most significant is a new double capstan winch which is considerably stronger than our old single capstan one.   (The capstan is the drum around which the rope is wrapped to pull a casualty and a cliff man up the cliff face.) Having a double capstan means that two ropes can be recovered at the same time, one on each side of the winch.   The new winch, although still portable, is much heavier to carry so getting it to a cliff top in circumstances where our vehicle has to be left some distance away can be quite tiring for the team.  Because of this our station officer Gareth and deputy Alun devised a way of attaching a wheelbarrow wheel and handles to the winch which makes it a lot easier to move.  This has now been approved by HM Coastguard and I wonder if this may be taken up by other coastguard teams.  ( Does this mean that we will have to take a test to be an 'approved winch drivers'?!!!)
  • New double capstan winch       Carrying heavy winch
winch with wheel
  • Mae'r gaeaf yn rhoi cyfle i ni gynnal ymarferion a chael hyfforddiant pellach.  'Rydym wedi cael peth offer newydd a'r mwyaf amlwg yw wins gyda dau gapstan, un bob ochr.   (Y capstan yw math o ddrym ar ochr y wins sy'n troi ac yn tynnu'r rhaff  i godi claf ac achubwr i fynny gwyneb y graig).   Gellir tynnu dwy raff yr un pryd ar y wins newydd.   Un anfantais ydyw fod y wins newydd yn drymach o lawer na'r hen un a gall fod yn waith blinedig i'w chario gan o leiaf dau berson os na ellir mynd a'r cerbyd yn agos i'r man y dymunir gosod y wins.   Oherwydd hyn mae dau o'r tim, Gareth, ein swyddog mewn gofal ac Alun ei ddirprwy wedi dyfeisio ffordd i roi olwyn a dwy handlen berfa ar y wins fel y gellir ei phowlio yn hwylus gan un dyn.   Mae'r ddyfais yma wedi ei chymeradwyo gan y pen bobl yng Ngwylwyr y Glannau felly mae'n bosibl y bydd timau eraill yn defnyddio'r un syniad.  (Tybed a fydd angen prawf gyrru newydd ar gyfer y 'winsferfa' ?!!!!)





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