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Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launches after report of overturned kayak

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly after 5pm today (24th May) after a member of the public went into the town’s Police station reporting that they’d spotted what appeared to be an upturned kayak off Waterwynch.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew beginning their search from the end of North beach, toward Waterwynch. They were joined by Tenby Coastguard and also Police units who searched from the cliff top.

During their search, the lifeboat crew spoke to the occupant of a local fishing vessel who said he’d been in the area for an hour and hadn’t seen any kayaks.
With nobody reported missing and the search area covered by both land and sea units, it was declared a false alarm and the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

Tenby RNLI lifeboats rescue kayaker from rocks after he capsizes off West Moor cliff.

Tenby RNLI lifeboats rescue kayaker from rocks after he capsizes off West Moor cliff . . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats launched shortly before 4pm today (18th May) after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a gentleman stating that his friend had disappeared from sight after he was unable to get back into his kayak after capsizing in a fresh offshore breeze.

Both lifeboats were quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew making best speed toward the casualty’s position.

Once on scene, the lifeboats were directed towards the casualty by a local fishing boat that had spotted him swimming towards the rocks and had stood-by whilst he made his way ashore.

The inshore lifeboat went into the rocks and took the casualty aboard. He was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat to be checked over whilst awaiting the arrival of rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan. The helicopter was soon overhead and winched the casualty up and then landed him on Freshwater East beach where paramedics were waiting to check him over. The casualty was feeling cold and unwell due to ingesting sea water so it was decided that he should be flown to Withybush Hospital, accompanied by one of the Paramedics.

Both boats were then stood down, arriving back at station at about 5.30pm.

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat rescues dog that was cut off by tide after running away from its owner . . . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 7am on Monday 9th May after a call to Milford Haven Coastguard from a gentleman reporting that his dog had got cut off by the incoming tide after it ran off whilst he was walking it along the Paragon beach.

The lifeboat was soon on scene, with the volunteer crew spotting the dog in a small cove under the Imperial Hotel. A crew member went ashore and retrieved the dog, which was none the worse for its ordeal.

The dog was then taken back to Tenby Harbour and reunited with its relieved owner who had made his way down to the Inshore Lifeboat station.

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat rescues 3 people cut off by the tide.

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th April following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from 3 people stating that they were cut off by the incoming tide between 1st Point and Waterwynch.

The volunteer crew began their search at the end of North Beach and quickly found the casualties on rocks between 1st and 2nd Points.

They were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over to make sure they didn’t need medical attention, before being dropped onto the North Beach where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard.

Tenby Lifeboat launches after man goes over cliff after his dog . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at approximately 12.45pm on 23rd April following a report that a gentleman was stuck on a cliff near Broadhaven after climbing down to attempt to rescue his dog that had fallen off. Units also tasked were Tenby and St Govans Coastguard and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187.

The volunteer crew were soon on the water and made best speed to the area. Once on scene, the casualty was spotted clinging to rocks around 20ft from the top of the cliff. The ‘Y boat’ was then launched and a crew member was put ashore to make contact with and reassure the casualty that help was on its way.

Rescue helicopter 187 was soon on scene where they lowered the winch man to retrieve both the casualty and his dog and return them to the top of the cliff where they were met by the Coastguard teams. Sadly, the dog had passed away. The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving back at 2.10pm.

Haydn Miller launches on first shout of year to assist 94m cargo vessel . . . . .

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.

Santa to arrive by lifeboat before switching on lights . . . . .

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.

All weather lifeboat launched after 4 kayaks are reported overdue at Towy Boat Club . . . .

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 inshore lifeboat launched after crew members spot windsurfer in difficulty . . . .

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.