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.
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 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.
RAF Helicopter ‘Rescue 169’ based at RMB Chivenor in North Devon, made its final training visit to Tenby on Sunday 9 August before the responsibility of UK Search and Rescue, is handed over to civilian contractor Bristow towards the end of 2015.
Unfortunately, the exercise was cut short when, shortly after lifting 3 crew off the all-weather lifeboat, the rescue helicopter received a call from Milford Haven Coastguard tasking it to an urgent medical evacuation in Devon. The only problem was, the 3 lifeboat crew were still aboard!
Needing to land them quickly before departing the scene and with landing them back on the lifeboat likely to take some time, the easiest option was the North Beach. But upon reaching the beach, it was found that due to the number of tourists present, this option was not safe. The only other option was to land them on the lifeboat slip – which has never been done before in Tenby and almost certainly isn’t likely to happen again!!
The volunteer crew members were soon back on land and the helicopter departed the scene to assist the injured casualty in Devon. Many thanks to Gareth Davies for the great action shots below:
At approximately 4:53pm on Sunday 2 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched for the second time in the day, this time after 2 Kayaks each with 2 persons aboard were seen to be drifting northwards off Burry Holmes, some 15 miles east of Tenby. The lifeboat launched and headed towards Burry Holmes whilst both Burry Port inshore lifeboats were also being tasked. As the lifeboat was approaching the scene, Rhossili Mobile coastguard unit confirmed that casualties, along with their kayaks were now safe and well ashore. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
At 2.05pm on Sunday 2 August, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched following a report that the 8m yacht Seeka was grounding off the Valero jetty in the Milford Haven waterway. This would normally be on Angle lifeboat’s patch but they were already tasked on another rescue. The Haydn Miller launched and made best speed towards the casualty but, as the lifeboat was passing Freshwater East, Angle lifeboat reported that they had finished their rescue and were now heading to assist the Seeka. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Last week Tenby Lifeboat station lost one of its own, Mr Josh Richards sadly passed away aged 82.
Josh joined the RNLI in Tenby in 1953 as a crew member, he then went on to become 2nd Coxswain in 1968 and not long after, in 1972 became Coxswain – a very proud moment for him and his family following after his father “Tommy Josh “ Richards. Josh retired from the Tenby Lifeboat in 1982 after serving 29 years. During this time, Tenby Lifeboats had launched 796 times and saved 345 lives. Josh had also been awarded 2 Bronze medals for his bravery and contribution helping to save lives at sea.