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.
Shortly before 9am on Thursday 29 October, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from a member of the public that a dog was in trouble in the sea between Manorbier and Precipe. The gentleman, who was walking the coast path at the time, reported that a black and white, Colley-type dog had gone into the water but he’d since lost sight of it due to the swell.
The lifeboat made best speed to the location and the volunteer crew began a visual search of the sea while Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams searched the shore. The lifeboat soon spotted what they though was the dog but upon further inspection, it turned out to be a seal. The lifeboat continued to search but unfortunately, due to the conditions, the boat could only get in so far because of the swell.
After searching for over an hour, there was nothing more the lifeboat could do so Milford Haven Coastguard stood the boat down. Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams, along with the dog’s owner continued to search the shoreline in the hope that the dog had made it ashore.
Tenby RNLI welcomed an inspirational five-year-old fundraiser flying the Pembrokeshire flag on a crusade to help cancer patients.
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Tenby RNLI Lifeboat Station were only too happy to help out when they were approached by the family of Elly Neville, asking if she could visit the station to learn more about what they do.
Despite being only five years old, Elly has managed to raise thousands of pounds for Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.
Elly initially created an award-winning collage of the Pembrokeshire Flag, which she then raffled off to raise vital funds for the planned upgrade of cancer services on Ward 10. Since then she has done various sponsored events and visits, all raising money for the worthy cause.
Elly visited the lifeboat station along with her parents Lyn and Ann, where she met several members of the Tenby RNLI lifeboat crew, who were preparing for an exercise launch.
She was then taken on a tour of the RNLI charity’s lifeboat by Tenby RNLI crew member and Lifeboat Press Officer Ben James.
He said: ‘Elly learned all about the boat, including how it is steered and she was very interested to see where the survivors sit.
‘Following her tour of the boat, Elly was thrilled to watch the launch of the boat from the viewing gallery inside the station.
‘She is an inspirational little girl and we were only too happy to welcome her to the boathouse.’
The cause is close to the youngster’s heart as her father Lyn was a patient at the Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) and Ward 10 after a bone marrow transplant in 2005.
People can keep track and donate to Elly’s Flying the Flag for Ward 10 campaign by visiting the Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/ward10flag.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched into rough seas at approximately 02.40am on Monday 26 October following a report from Dyfed Powys Police that a fisherman had contacted them saying he was cut off by the tide whilst fishing off Monkstone beach.
The lifeboat made best speed toward Monkstone. As they were arriving however, the casualty made a further call to the Police stating that he had now managed to make it safely ashore and was on the coast path on the way back to the caravan that he was staying in above the beach. Once this was confirmed by the Milford Haven Coastguard, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 1.30pm on Saturday 24 October after a walker fell on rocks between Amroth and Wiseman’s Bridge, suffering a suspected broken ankle.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and a volunteer crew member went ashore to assess the casualty. The gentleman had gotten his foot trapped between 2 rocks and then lost his balance and fell. It was decided that as the casualty was comfortable where he was, the crew member would stay with him whilst the lifeboat went the short distance around to Amroth to collect the Paramedic who had also arrived so that he could treat the casualty and also a Coastguard team member to assist in evacuating the casualty.
With the Paramedic, Coastguard team member and also a stretcher on board, the lifeboat then went back to the casualty. In the short time the lifeboat had been away, the tide had come in considerably and the swell had picked up to the extent that the helmsman decided that the safest option to evacuate the casualty would be by Helicopter. Milford Haven Coastguard then arranged for Royal Navy Search and Rescue Helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. In the meantime, the wife of the casualty, along with their 2 dogs, were taken aboard the lifeboat and dropped safely ashore at Amroth so that she could arrange transport to meet her husband at the hospital.
Once the helicopter was on scene, the casualty was airlifted, along with the lifeboat crew member, Paramedic and Coastguard member. They were then dropped in a field above the site where the casualty was placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched just before 4pm on Friday 17 October following a report of a 21ft fishing vessel having suffered engine failure off Pendine. The vessel had infact, suffered engine failure earlier in the day whilst off Pendine but had told the Coastguard that they were happy to wait until they could organise a tow later in the day. With light fading and the vessel drifting further South, the decision was made to launch the lifeboat.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew performed visual and radar searches for the casualty vessel. The boat was soon located close to military range marker buoy DZ4.
The lifeboat went alongside and the crew of the casualty vessel requested a tow. They intended to go to Laugharne but as the tide was too low to get over the bar, it was decided to tow the vessel back to Tenby.
The lifeboat arrived back at Tenby shortly before 6pm and as there was insufficient tide in the harbour, the casualty vessel was placed on an outer mooring before being towed into the harbour later in the evening by the Inshore lifeboat once the tide allowed.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 3pm on Sunday 11 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.
The crew of the vessel, a 17ft Shetland which had lost all power thought they were in the Pendine sands area but weren’t sure.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and whilst the volunteer crew were performing both Radar and DF searches for the casualty vessel, the coastguard were informed that the boat was actually 2 miles north of Burry Holmes.
The lifeboat was requested to continue until this was confirmed by the Burry Port crew.
Once Burry Port Atlantic was alongside, Tenby’s lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.