Wednesday 2nd March 2016 will be a very special day for Tenby Lifeboat Station – 10 years since the Tamar class lifeboat Haydn Miller (the most advanced in the world at that time) arrived to take up duties in the innovative new £5.8 million boathouse and visitor centre which was custom-built to accommodate her.
The occasion is being celebrated with the launch of a new book commissioned and published by the RNLI. Open to all, the launch is an opportunity to obtain a first-edition copy signed by crew members and author Trevor Barrett. The book is superbly illustrated with archive photographs dating back to the 1850’s and many new photos, including some taken during actual rescues.
The Story of Tenby Lifeboats 1835 to the Present Day is a tribute to all those volunteers who have served the station and who to date have saved more than 900 lives. In addition to describing some of the most harrowing (and sometimes tragic) shouts in Tenby RNLI history, the book also recalls many lighter moments, such as the day when Gustav, a stuffed toy cat, miraculously gave birth to two toy kittens aboard Haydn Miller!
Book launch details: 2nd March 2016, 12.00-2.00, Tenby Lifeboat Station. All are welcome. The book is priced at £5.95 and will be on sale during the launch event and then from the station shop during its normal opening hours.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched just after 11pm on Monday 2 February after the 94 metre cargo vessel Aasvik suffered engine failure 8.5 miles South east of Tenby.
The crew of the vessel were attempting to deploy their anchor but due to the swell and the risk of the vessel grounding if the anchor failed to hold, the lifeboat was requested. Mumbles lifeboat was also put on stand-by.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and stood by in rough seas as the crew of the casualty vessel secured the anchor. Once it was determined that the anchor was holding successfully, the lifeboat was stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard, arriving back at station at 00:35.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ had its first shout shortly before 9pm on Tues 12th January after a 26ft fishing vessel was reported overdue at Milford. The vessel, with two persons aboard, had gone to sea earlier in the day, with the occupants planning to return early evening but when it failed to arrive back at Milford, worried family members raised the alarm by calling the Coastguard.
Both of Angle’s lifeboats were already searching Milford Haven waterway and Coastguard rescue helicopter R187 from St Athan had also been requested. Tenby’s lifeboat was tasked to search further rout to sea as it wasn’t apparent where the fishing vessel had been heading when it went to sea.
As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, a call from the Coastguard confirmed that the casualty vessel had been found safe and well in Angle Bay. The occupants were fishing and required no assistance. All search units were stood down.
On Sunday 10th Jan, Coastguard rescue helicopter R187 from St Athan near Cardiff made it’s first training visit to us. The helicopters at the base, which is run by Bristow, took over from the RAF in October and provide 24hr SAR cover both at sea and on land.
During the exercise, various scenarios were practised, including lifting a casualty off the deck of the lifeboat in stretcher. Please browse the pictures below. Video will follow very soon.
We’ve finally taken the plunge and joined Twitter! This means it’s now even easier to keep up-to-date with what’s going on at Tenby Lifeboat Station. We’ve set ourselves the challenge of getting 500 followers (in just over a day since starting to use Twitter) by midnight December 31st. Why not come along and help us reach that total? Our Twitter name is @tenbyrnli
Shortly before 5pm on December 25th, whilst many of the volunteer crew were tucking into their Christmas dinners, they were alerted by their pagers after several people had become trapped on rocks by the incoming tide at Pendine. The turkey was put on hold and friends and family were left behind as the crew raced down to the station. The lifeboat was soon heading down the slipway into the rough seas as Coastguards, Police and a rescue helicopter from St Athan were also tasked.
As the lifeboat was passing Monkstone Point, the crew were informed that the casualties had managed to climb the rocks to safety and were no longer in danger. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station and their waiting families back at home.
This year, Santa will once again be arriving in town via lifeboat as he makes his way to switch on Tenby’s Christmas lights. The all-weather lifeboat will be launching at 4.45pm on Saturday 28th November with Mayor Paul Rapi aboard to meet up with Father Christmas before bringing him ashore at the lifeboat station. He will then be transported via the inshore lifeboat up to the square where he will officially switch on the lights.
All are welcome to come and see the boat launch to pick up Santa and then to accompany him up to the square.
Below are some pictures from last year. Click to enlarge.
Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat launched around 6.15pm on Saturday 14 November after a report that 4 kayaks were overdue at Towy Boat Club, Llansteffan.
The kayaks had left Carmarthen around 10am, intending to arrive at Towy Boat Club sometime in the afternoon, before paddling back to Carmarthen. When they failed to arrive by early evening, concerned family raised the alarm.
The volunteer crew launched into rough seas and made best speed towards the Towy Estuary. Other units already searching were Ferryside Inshore Rescue boat, Coastguard, Police and Fire & Rescue teams and a Search and Rescue Helicopter had also been tasked.
As the lifeboat was passing Pendine, news came through that the casualties had been found near the railway bridge at Carmarthen. They were not in need of assistance and were safe.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 6.45pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 4pm on Friday 13 November after the coxswain and mechanic spotted a windsurfer in difficulty off Castle Beach.
They noticed that the windsurfer had been blown over by the strong wind and seemed unable to get going again. He then began to paddle the board towards the beach but was making little headway due to the combination of choppy sea and strong wind.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the volunteer crew began a search for the casualty. They quickly noticed a windsurfer on the beach but due to the surf, were unable to go in and determine if he was the person that had been in difficulty. The helmsman decided to perform a search along Castle and South beaches to make sure there was nobody else in trouble. In the meantime, a member of the public approached Tenby Coastguard team who had arrived at Castle beach and confirmed that it was indeed the casualty on the beach and that he was now safe and well.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched shortly after 1.15pm on Monday 2nd November following a call to Milford Haven Coastguard from the single occupant of a 15ft fishing vessel reporting that he’d suffered engine failure approximately 2 miles south-east of Trewent Point.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and went alongside the casualty vessel where the skipper requested a tow back to Stackpole. Once at Stackpole, the Y-boat was launched to tow the vessel into the slipway where it was put onto its trailer by the owner.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving back at 2.45pm.