Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 7.30pm tonight (14 October) after a report that two people were cut off by the tide on Church Rock, Broadhaven. They were climbers who had kayaked out to the rock earlier in the day, but with the incoming tide and a building swell, they were prevented from getting back to shore.
The Haydn Miller made best speed to Broadhaven through rough seas.
Once on scene, it was obvious that the lifeboat would be unable to help the casualties who were stuck some 30 metres up at the very top of the rock, which was being pounded by a heavy swell. Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from RAF St Athan was requested and the lifeboat stood by and waited for the helicopter to arrive.
Once on scene, the helicopter was directed onto the casualties by the volunteer lifeboat crew using their searchlights. The helicopter lifted both casualties, who were fine despite their ordeal, and dropped them in a field above Broadhaven where they were met by St Govans Coastguard team and Police.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 9.05pm
Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat launched shortly before 1pm today (10th September) following a report of a kayaker having been knocked out of her kayak by a large swell and sustaining several injuries.
The Haydn Miller made best speed toward Stackpole, with the volunteer crew readying the 1st Aid equipment whilst enroute. Coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 187 from St Athan was also tasked.
As the lifeboat arrived on scene, the casualty was discovered lying on her kayak, having been assisted back onto it by the crew of a rib that was in the area.
Due to the pain she was in, it was decided that the best (and most comfortable) way of getting her onto the lifeboat would be to float the kayak into the well at the stern of the lifeboat. Once aboard, the whole kayak was then lifted onto the deck of the boat, with the casualty still on it.
The injured lady was then checked over for injuries. It turned out she had been hit by a large swell which knocked her overboard. Whilst she was in the water, a further wave washed her onto rocks and then smashed the kayak into her ribs.
As the casualty was being made comfortable, the helicopter arrived and the Paramedic was lowered down to the lifeboat, before the helicopter landed on the cliff top to preserve fuel. The lifeboat crew then assisted the paramedic in getting the lady stabilised and ready to be winched up. Due to the nature of her injuries, the she was flown to the Heath hospital in Cardiff.
The lifeboat dropped the kayak back ashore before returning to station, arriving at 3.10pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 2.20pm today (31 August) after a body
board was found floating off the Giltar Point navigational marker.
The volunteer crew quickly on scene and located the body board.
As there was nobody with the board, the crew needed to make sure that the owner
wasn’t trouble. With the westerly wind, it was decided that the board was most likely
to have come from the Lydstep area and could have ended up where it was with a
combination of the wind and also the incoming tide.
The lifeboat crew searched the
rocks and caves between Giltar Point and Lydstep bay and then along the shore at
With nothing found and nobody reported missing, Milford Haven Coastguard stood
the lifeboat down and it returned to station, arriving at 3.15pm
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 3.30pm today (28 August) following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from a concerned member of the public that a swimmer was in difficulty off Broadhaven.
The volunteer crew made best speed towards Broadhaven, but whilst they were rounding Giltar Point, Milford Haven Coastguard requested that they check Skrinkle as they were passing following a report of 2 kayaks that had been swamped by the large swell, causing the occupants the be thrown into the sea. The inshore lifeboat was also tasked to this incident.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and quickly located the kayakers in the water. They were taken aboard and checked over in case they needed medical treatment, before the lifeboat immediately continued to Broadhaven to the swimmer in difficulty. The two kayakers also had to go along as the swell was too large to put them ashore at Skrinkle.
As they were passing Freshwater East, Milford Haven Coastguard reported that the casualty was now safe and well ashore and stood the lifeboat down.
On the return journey to Tenby, the kayakers were dropped aboard the inshore lifeboat at Lydstep before being brought safely ashore, along with their kayaks that the inshore lifeboat had towed around from Skrinkle.
Both lifeboats then returned to station, arriving at 4.30pm
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched at 5.45pm on 26th August after a kayak was reported to be overdue at Saundersfoot.
The kayak left the beach at Saundersfoot earlier in the afternoon and when it hadn’t returned back to shore at the agreed time, worried relatives rang the Coastguard to request assistance.
Both boats began searching from Waterwynch up towards Monkstone. With nothing found, they continued to search around Monkstone point towards Saundersfoot. A kayak matching the description of the one reported overdue was soon spotted. On speaking to the occupant, he confirmed that he had left the beach earlier and was heading back a little later than planned after losing track of time due to the amount of fish he was catching!
The kayaker was escorted back to Saundersfoot and then both boats returned to station, arriving at 6.10pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch just before 4pm on 26th August after an 11yr old boy was reported missing in the vicinity of Tenby’s South Beach.
The Georgina Taylor was on the water within minutes of the pagers going off and immediately began a shoreline search from St Catherine’s Island towards Giltar, whilst RNLI Lifeguards, Coastguard units and Tenby Police searched the beach and streets above.
Fortunately, a call came through from the Police, confirming that the boy was now safe and well, having returned home.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 4.30pm.
At 3.30pm on Wednesday 25th August, Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat launched following a report that a 7 metre rib had suffered engine failure half a mile south of St Govans.
The occupants of the vessel had an auxiliary engine but they were failing to make headway against the tide.
Whilst the volunteer lifeboat crew were making best speed to the area, a local fishing boat that happened to be in the area responded to a call from Milford Haven Coastguard and pulled the rib clear of danger and stood-by until the Haydn Miller arrived.
Once the lifeboat was on scene, the occupants of the casualty vessel requested a tow back to Freshwater East.
The rib and her 6 occupants were soon safely back at Freshwater East and once safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 5:20pm
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch just before 6pm on 23rd August after a 9yr old boy who was staying in a caravan in Kiln Park told his parents he was going for a swim.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and began a search from St Catherine’s Island up towards Giltar Pool. Several people who were spotted on the shoreline during the search were approached by the volunteer crew, but none had seen a young boy near the water’s edge.
Some ten minutes after beginning the search, news came through via Dyfed Powys Police that the young boy had fortunately been found at the swimming pool in Kiln Park.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 6.15pm.
Haydn Miller requested to check safety of kayaker seen passing through Sker rocks in big swell . . . .
At 7pm this evening (19 August), whilst returning from the previous shout, Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested by Milford Haven Coastguard to check on the safety of a kayak seen passing through the Sker rocks in rough seas.
The Coastguard had taken a call from the Deputy Launching Authority at the lifeboat station stating that the sea conditions were not really suitable for a kayak.
The lifeboat was soon alongside the kayaker and advised him to return to and stay in Tenby’s North Bay where it was more sheltered from the southerly swell.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 7.10pm.
At 5.35pm this evening (19 August) Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that an adult and a child had been washed off rocks in heavy seas at Broadhaven.
The lifeboat was on the water within minutes, with the volunteer crew making best speed towards Broadhaven, some 11 miles west of Tenby.
When the lifeboat was a few miles from the scene, further details came through from Milford Haven Coastguard stating that Coastguard Teams on shore had confirmed that the casualties had managed to climb a rock offshore from Broadhaven. However, they said there was an 8ft swell pounding the rocks, meaning that rescue by sea was probably not possible so the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from St Athan, Rescue 187 was tasked. The Haydn Miller was requested to stand off and provide safety cover.
The helicopter was overhead fifteen minutes later and lifted both casualties to safety, before dropping them ashore to the awaiting Coastguards and Paramedics.
The lifeboat was then released and returned to station.