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RAF Helicopter makes final training visit to Tenby . . . . . . .

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:

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches to assist kayaks drifting offshore 15 miles away.

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.

Haydn Miller launches to assist grounding yacht in Haven waterway.

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.

Ex-coxswain Josh Richards passes away.

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.


Tenby RNLI lifeboat stamp to feature on a postbox in the town to mark the 50th Anniversary of Royal Mail special stamps.

June 18, 2015

Coxswain Phil John and Head Launcher Michael Lewis (also a Postman!!) unveil the new stamp in Tenby's Tudor Square.

Coxswain Phil John and Head Launcher Michael Lewis (also a Postman!!) unveil the new stamp in Tenby’s Tudor Square.

• Tenby RNLI all-weather Lifeboat stamp is unveiled today on a postbox in the seaside town as part of Royal Mail’s celebrations of 50 years of its Special Stamp programme
• Tenby RNLI Coxswain Phil John, unveiled the stamp plaque at a special photocall today
• Royal Mail is installing 50 plaques with images of some of the most popular stamps on 50 post boxes in locations across the country
• Each of the 50 postboxes is located in one of the UK’s cities, towns or villages that has a special connection with the featured stamp
• A total of 2,663 Special Stamps have been issued since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued.
• Royal Mail stamps have mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.

The stamp of Tenby RNLI Lifeboat will be unveiled on a postbox in Tenby to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme.

There are 50 special stamp plaques being installed on postboxes across the UK. Each plaque features one of the most popular stamps that has a special connection with the UK city, town or village, in which it is located.

In 2008, Royal Mail issued a set of Special Stamps to commemorate the work of the RNLI charity and the RAF Search and Rescue service, including this stamp of the launch of the Tenby lifeboat.

Other stamps on postboxes include Winston Churchill, Bagpuss, Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, the Giant’s Causeway, York Minster and Sherlock Holmes. It is hoped that it will attract attention and admiration from locals and tourists alike.

Tenby RNLI Coxswain Phil John, unveiling the new stamp plaque today in Tudor Square, Tenby, said: “I am delighted that Royal Mail has chosen this unique way to celebrate the RNLI charity’s lifesaving role. By featuring the RNLI on a stamp on a local postbox, the community is given an opportunity to share in this tribute to the lifeboat station.”

Royal Mail Delivery Director Estelle Baillie, added: ”The UK’s towns and cities have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. We are proud that one of our postboxes in Tenby features the stamp of the popular lifeboat station. We hope that all our customers and visitors to Tenby enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take their own photograph as a memento.”

The Royal Mail modern stamp programme has features a total of 2,663 Special Stamps since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. The special stamp programme has mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.

Tenby lifeboat assists in evacuation of sailor with head injury.

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched at 5:48pm on Sunday 7th June following a report from the 52m sail training vessel Lord Nelson that a 62yr old had gone over on his ankle, suffering a laceration to the back of his head approx. 10 miles south of Caldey Island. The volunteer crew made best speed to the casualty vessel.

Whilst the lifeboat was en route, the casualty began slipping in and out of consciousness so it was decided by Milford Haven Coastguard that an RAF Seaking rescue helicopter would be the best option for evacuating him. Once alongside the Lord Nelson, 3 RNLI crew members went aboard to assess the casualty. Luckily, there was a nurse on board that had been attending to him so he was all ready to be placed into a stretcher and taken aboard the lifeboat. The helicopter was soon on scene and winched the casualty up and transferred him to Morriston hospital.

The lifeboat returned to station, rehousing at 7:26pm

The lifeboat prepares to go alongside the Lord Nelson.

The lifeboat prepares to go alongside the Lord Nelson.

Carwash another success!!

On Saturday 2nd May, we held our annual car wash. It was once again very kindly hosted by Tenby Fire Station – a very big thanks to them! Despite being a cold and overcast day, there were plenty of cars passing through the doors. A big thanks also goes to Qinetiq who very kindly agreed to match any the donations we received!

Coastal walker visits Tenby

Alex Ellis-Roswell arrived in Tenby yesterday on 17th February. Alex is in the process of walking the whole 6500 miles of British coastline whilst raising as much money as he can for his chosen charity – the RNLI. He spent a well-deserved night in the Giltar Hotel which was very kindly donated by owner Pat Jenkins before continuing his journey on Wednesday morning.

Alex is pictured to the right with Pat Jenkins of the Giltar hotel and Tenby Coxswain Phil John.

Superfast Wales team present cheque to Tenby RNLI

On Tues 3rd March, a team from Superfast Wales visited Tenby Lifeboat Station to present a cheque for over £2000 to the crew. The money was raised through sponsorship after members of BT and their suppliers took part in the Saundersfoot New Years Day swim. The money will be used for crew training. Many thanks Superfast Wales!!!

To learn more about what Superfast Wales is all about, click here to visit their website.

Flipping good day for Tenby RNLI

Tenby RNLI’s annual Pancake race took place yesterday – 17th Feb.

The race, which is now in its 5th year, was once again a huge success with the public joining the volunteer crew in raising money for the charity. 7 races were held in the town’s Tudor Square with both adults and children alike joining in the fun. The final race of the day was between members of the crew, with Rhys Thomas coming out on top. One of the children taking part was Connor Franklyn aged 9 of Greenhill Primary School, Gelligaer who raised £170 for Tenby RNLI – an amazing effort! He even had his own Lifeboat kit!

Phil John, Tenby Lifeboat Coxswain said – “It’s great to see both the local community and tourists coming together once again to support the RNLI in what has become a hotly anticipated, annual fun race.”

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