Two rescued from river in Newport

First published in News

TWO people were rescued from the River Usk last night.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to Castle Bingo, Usk Way, Newport, at 8.17pm, following reports two people were in the water nearby.

The first casualty was rescued using throw lines and a technical rescue boat from Malpas fire station, followed by the second person, who was on a stranded jetski.

The operation took just over half-an-hour to complete and no medical attention was required.

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11:15am Sat 21 Jul 12

Toothhurty says...

hmmmm....jetskiing in the Usk...
hmmmm....jetskiing in the Usk... Toothhurty
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3:35pm Sun 22 Jul 12

wilkolima says...

Toothhurty wrote:
hmmmm....jetskiing in the Usk...
And why not? On the one hand, why should anyone be surprised when youngsters aim to imitate what they have seen at a Council provided summer event on the River Usk (Big Splash jet-skiing)? On the other, it is water activities like this that need to take place in Newport to truly transform the river not only into a central attraction, but to turn it from a passive eyesore once more into a source of industry once responsible for founding Newport as a riverside settlement and bringing about its development over the centuries. It brings us back to the old chestnut of barrage or no barrage. Why is OK for Swansea and Cardiff to block their waterways for tourism and leisure, but not for Newport? The Usk could truly regenerate the entire city, if our civic leaders had the guts and the common sense not to waste money on half-measures. On this note have any councillors taken a walk along Usk Way recently? To build a prominent public path/cycleway is one thing, to maintain it is another. I notice that one of the stolen lifebuoys was recently replaced for the Big Splash. What about the others missing further downstream? Also, does NCC have no gardeners any more? What about the weeds growing out of what should be a pristine pavement along along the riverbank? There are even bushes growing out of historic stonework on Newport Bridge and the quayside. Then there is the vegetation growing all along both sides of the river bank obstructing any view of the river that citizens and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy from what is (in sections) a national cycle path and the Wales Coastal Path, not to mention what is supposed to be enough of a draw to attract people to purchase expensive riverside apartments. Then there is the complete waste of taxpayers' money on apparently abandoned projects such as the renovated quay at the very end of Usk Way where the wharf itself (opposite Tata Steel) is now clogged with rushes, and the decking has been stolen from the pedestrian bridge linking what is supposed to connect walkers of the Coastal Path in the direction of the Transporter Bridge. We might ask why plastic/resin was chosen as the material for the security railing along the west bank of the river - easily booted/cut/burned out of place and thrown into the river? The list goes on. It might interest a councillor or two, or an Argus reporter and photographer to take a walk along the river with me to see what the citizen sees.

Back to the jet-skiing (or water-skiing, canoeing, hovercrafting, etc.): go for it! It might encourage other leisure users of what is an enormously neglected resource, and poke the Council into thoughts of duty and responsibility. With so many jumpers, adventurers and anglers, isn't it time to manage the river properly, probably in conjunction with Newport Harbourmasters, by forming a permanent and properly trained and equipped band of river wardens to maintain, protect, patrol, advise and educate on river use?
[quote][p][bold]Toothhurty[/bold] wrote: hmmmm....jetskiing in the Usk...[/p][/quote]And why not? On the one hand, why should anyone be surprised when youngsters aim to imitate what they have seen at a Council provided summer event on the River Usk (Big Splash jet-skiing)? On the other, it is water activities like this that need to take place in Newport to truly transform the river not only into a central attraction, but to turn it from a passive eyesore once more into a source of industry once responsible for founding Newport as a riverside settlement and bringing about its development over the centuries. It brings us back to the old chestnut of barrage or no barrage. Why is OK for Swansea and Cardiff to block their waterways for tourism and leisure, but not for Newport? The Usk could truly regenerate the entire city, if our civic leaders had the guts and the common sense not to waste money on half-measures. On this note have any councillors taken a walk along Usk Way recently? To build a prominent public path/cycleway is one thing, to maintain it is another. I notice that one of the stolen lifebuoys was recently replaced for the Big Splash. What about the others missing further downstream? Also, does NCC have no gardeners any more? What about the weeds growing out of what should be a pristine pavement along along the riverbank? There are even bushes growing out of historic stonework on Newport Bridge and the quayside. Then there is the vegetation growing all along both sides of the river bank obstructing any view of the river that citizens and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy from what is (in sections) a national cycle path and the Wales Coastal Path, not to mention what is supposed to be enough of a draw to attract people to purchase expensive riverside apartments. Then there is the complete waste of taxpayers' money on apparently abandoned projects such as the renovated quay at the very end of Usk Way where the wharf itself (opposite Tata Steel) is now clogged with rushes, and the decking has been stolen from the pedestrian bridge linking what is supposed to connect walkers of the Coastal Path in the direction of the Transporter Bridge. We might ask why plastic/resin was chosen as the material for the security railing along the west bank of the river - easily booted/cut/burned out of place and thrown into the river? The list goes on. It might interest a councillor or two, or an Argus reporter and photographer to take a walk along the river with me to see what the citizen sees. Back to the jet-skiing (or water-skiing, canoeing, hovercrafting, etc.): go for it! It might encourage other leisure users of what is an enormously neglected resource, and poke the Council into thoughts of duty and responsibility. With so many jumpers, adventurers and anglers, isn't it time to manage the river properly, probably in conjunction with Newport Harbourmasters, by forming a permanent and properly trained and equipped band of river wardens to maintain, protect, patrol, advise and educate on river use? wilkolima
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1:21pm Mon 23 Jul 12

Gareth says...

Feel better after getting that off your chest, Wilkolima?!
Feel better after getting that off your chest, Wilkolima?! Gareth
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4:04pm Tue 24 Jul 12

Dusty101 says...

Rescued. The poor pair was most probably looking for somewhere to get out. Newport is most probably the only port in the world that doesn’t have a public slipway. My question would be how did they get in. Usk mouth sailing club doesn’t welcome anything with an engine. St. Julian’s slip is permanently blocked. The nearest slipway is beachly or Cardiff Bay. You’ll never attract any water sports to Newport if they cant get on the water. More like noport
Rescued. The poor pair was most probably looking for somewhere to get out. Newport is most probably the only port in the world that doesn’t have a public slipway. My question would be how did they get in. Usk mouth sailing club doesn’t welcome anything with an engine. St. Julian’s slip is permanently blocked. The nearest slipway is beachly or Cardiff Bay. You’ll never attract any water sports to Newport if they cant get on the water. More like noport Dusty101
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5:29pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Toothhurty says...

Gareth....my thoughts are similar....
Gareth....my thoughts are similar.... Toothhurty
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