Shortly after 10am on Saturday 29th August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched after Milford Haven Coastguard received several calls stating that a windsurfer was in difficulty off Giltar Point.
It turned out that he had indeed got into trouble and had to ditch his sail at sea and later his board in the cove and swim ashore at Penally beach. In the meantime, the lifeguards had paddled out after spotting his board.
At 16:18pm on Thurs 27th August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched after a member of the public spotted an upturned kayak off the Esplanande.
The lifeboat crew were quickly on the water and found the kayak off the Paragon Beach. The kayak was taken aboard and dropped to the waiting RNLI Lifeguards on South Beach. As the volunteer crew were dropping off the kayak, a man approached the lifeguard hut on the beach saying that it was his kayak and that he had capsized off the Esplanade and that he’d had to swim ashore at South Beach.
Once it was determined that nobody was in any danger, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Whilst returning from its previous shout at Burry Holmes, Tenby all-weather lifeboat was tasked to go to the aid of a cliff faller at St Govans – the opposite end of the boats’ coverage patch from the previous shout. The lifeboat made best speed to the scene as did St Govans Coastguard and RAF Helicopter Rescue 169. Once on scene, the y-boat was launched with 2 crew members. One crew member went ashore with first aid equipment to assess and treat the casualty. It turned out that whilst climbing, the casualty had fallen some 25ft onto her back on the rocks below, injuring her wrist and lower back. The helicopter soon arrived with a winch man who is also a Paramedic. The lifeboat volunteer then assisted the paramedic in stabilising the casualty and then getting her into the stretcher ready to be winched into the helicopter. Once winched up, the casualty was flown to hospital in Swansea. The crewman then returned to the lifeboat and they returned to station.
At 3:49pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched for a 2nd time in the day, this time to assist in the search for a 27 year old that had gone missing at Tenby Harbour. The lifeboat was tasked to search the shoreline between 1st point and Castle Beach, whilst the Police and Tenby Coastguard units searched the beaches and town. As the search was progressing, news came in that the casualty had been found inland at Ludchurch. The lifeboat stood down.
At 2.08pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched after the skipper of a 22ft wooden vessel reported he was feeling unwell somewhere in Carmarthen Bay and that he needed assistance. The lifeboat was soon on the water, with the volunteer crew performing both visual and radar searches of the bay. Shortly after launching, a new message from the casualty vessel stated that he’d gone aground on a sand bar around Burry Holmes and he was in imminent danger. The lifeboat headed straight for Burry Holmes as both Burry Port inshore lifeboat and also RAF Helicopter Rescue 169 were tasked to the scene. Once on scene, the lifeboat went alongside the casualty vessel, which had now refloated, and dropped a member of crew aboard to assess and assist the casualty whilst the lifeboat escorted the boat into safer waters. It was found that skipper was no longer feeling unwell but due to the sea conditions, he was unable to get back into the safety of Burry Port. Burry Port inshore lifeboat then arrived on scene and passed a crew member aboard the vessel to relieve the Tenby crewman. Burry Port lifeboat then escorted the vessel over the sand bar and into the safety of Burry Port. The lifeboat then returned to station.
Shortly before 2pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch after a child went missing on Saundersfoot beach. As the volunteer crew were heading to the scene, the child was found safe and well. The lifeboat returned to station.
Shortly before 4.30pm on Monday 17th August, the inshore lifeboat crew were paged after a report that a child was missing on Coppet Hall beach. As the volunteer crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, the child was fond safe and well so the crew stood down.
At 12.37pm on Monday 17 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched following a request from Milford Haven Coastguard after a yacht reported that it had snagged its anchor on an underwater cable off Caldey’s Eel Point. The lifeboat arrived on scene and discovered the MOD Range Safety vessel Smit Penally already alongside the casualty vessel. After some discussion between the various crews, it was decided that the lifeboat and Smit Penally would use their grappling hooks to attempt to lift the cable whilst the yacht crew attempted to free their anchor. After several minutes and with some skilful manoeuvring by the coxswains of the lifeboat and the range safety vessel, the anchor was wriggled loose and the yacht was free.
Whilst out on exercise on Sunday 16 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat was requested after a pan-pan message stated that a 16ft vessel had suffered engine failure off proud Giltar. The lifeboat immediately responded and soon located the vessel at Giltar. A tow was requested so the ILB took the vessel back to Lydstep before returning to station.
At 4:15pm on Saturday 16 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat was launched following a report that 2 people were cut off by the tide in the Monkstone area. The lifeboat was soon on scene and the volunteer spotted what turned out to be a father and son stuck on a rock, unable to get ashore. They were taken aboard and returned to Saundersfoot. The lifeboat then returned to station.