Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly after 10.30am am on Monday 7th May following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a kayak had capsized off Barafundle, leaving a person in the water.
The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the scene, nine miles west of Tenby.
As the lifeboats were approaching Barafundle, they were met by a local fishing vessel which had heard the Coastguard calling for any vessel in the area and had responded. They now had the casualty, his companion and both kayaks aboard.
The inshore lifeboat went alongside the fishing vessel and transferred both people to the all-weather lifeboat.
Once aboard, the casualty that had entered was warmed up and checked over to ensure he didn’t need any medical attention. Apart from being very cold, he was none the worse for his ordeal.
It turned out they had left Stackpole earlier, with the aim of fishing. Whilst off Barafundle, a freak wave swamped one of the kayaks, knocking the occupant, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket, into the water. He couldn’t get back in and got cold very quickly. Luckily, he was able to hang onto his friend’s kayak until help arrived.
Once warmed up, both kayakers were returned to Barafundle where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team, before the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 11.55am.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 11.40am on Friday 4th May after a report from the farmer on Caldey Island that a cow had gone over the cliff and he was attempting to retrieve it.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and made best speed to Caldey. Once there, after a brief search, they spotted the farmer in the field above a small cove to the West of Drinkum bay.
After a brief discussion, and as the cove where the cow was situated was inaccessible from land, it was decided to bring the farmer and a member of Caldey Coastguard Team around to the cove to assess the cow and attempt to bring it around to the beach.
Once the necessary manpower (including a member of the lifeboat crew) was ashore at the cove, they managed to get the very weak cow to eat some food, before leading it down to the water. From here, the cow was made fast to the side of the lifeboat and towed the short distance around to the beach at Drinkum where it made it ashore and into the company of a very relieved and thankful farmer and his staff.
The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 1.20pm.
Tenby all-weather lifeboat launched to assist Police after distressed person spotted on cliff at Saddle Point
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just before 1.15pm on Thursday 3rd May, after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from the Police stating that there was a distressed person on a cliff at Saddle Point, Broad Haven.
The lifeboat, which had been requested by the Police, was soon on the water and made its way to the scene, some nine miles west of Tenby.
Shortly after arriving at Saddle Point, the lifeboat was joined by the Police RIB from Neyland and both boats stood by whilst Police dealt with the incident.
Once the situation was resolved, all units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 4pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 10.25am on Saturday 21st April following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a person was in difficulty between Lydstep and Old Castle Head.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to perform a shoreline search between Lydstep and Manorbier.
As the lifeboat was between Giltar Point and Lydstep, a further call to the Coastguard from the Police confirmed that the person had been found safe and well so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday 14th April following a report that a yacht had gone aground on Tenby’s Whiteback in thick fog.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the crew recognising the yacht as the same one the all-weather lifeboat had rescued the day before.
Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the skipper of the yacht had been taken ashore by a windsurfer and was in their company on South Beach.
With the vessel well aground, the helmsman of the lifeboat made the decision to request the extra power of the all-weather lifeboat.
The all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene. The inshore lifeboat then took the tow rope and made it fast on the bow of the yacht. The vessel was then towed off the sandbank and around to Tenby harbour where it was put safely alongside the pier.
The lifeboats then rehoused at 3.10pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 2pm on Friday 13th April, after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a yacht in Carmarthen Bay to say they were taking on water.
After a brief search, the volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel about 7 miles east of Tenby.
The lifeboat then went alongside the vessel, where the crew requested a tow to Tenby. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht, where its crew confirmed the bilge pump was broken. Luckily, one of the lifeboat crew is also one of the station’s deputy mechanics and fixed the bilge pump whilst on the way back to Tenby!
Once back in Tenby, the vessel was placed on one of the outside moorings, and the lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 3.15pm.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly before 11am on Saturday 7th April following a mayday from a vessel taking on water three miles south of Caldey Island.
The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the casualty’s last known position.
Once on scene, they were joined by a Police boat, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and the passing cargo vessel Arklow Valour.
After investigating several targets in the water, which all turned out to be driftwood and with no vessels reported missing, all units were stood down at 1.25pm, with the call being classified as a false alarm.
The lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 1.35pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 12.45 on Saturday 31st March, with the crew abandoning the annual car wash, after Ambulance control received a report of somebody injured at St Govans.
As it was unclear where the casualty was, the lifeboat was requested to provide assistance if necessary.
As the lifeboat was making its way to the scene, the volunteer crew received news that the casualty was easily accessible from the shore and that no assistance was required.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI Inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 4.30pm on Monday 19th February after a report from a father and son that they were cut off by the incoming tide between 1st Point and Waterwynch.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and soon spotted the pair on rocks close to Waterwynch.
The helmsman took the lifeboat into the rocks, where the casualties were taken aboard. They were then checked over in case any medical attention was required, before being dropped to their waiting family and Tenby Coastguard Team on Tenby’s North Beach.
The lifeboat the returned to station, arriving at 5.10pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch shortly before 2.30pm on Thursday 15th February after a report from the cargo ship Hendrik S reporting an injured crewmember.
The ship was on passage from Dublin to Amsterdam when the Chief Engineer got his fingers trapped in a hatch during heavy seas south of St Govans, breaking several of them.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and made best speed towards the sheltered bay at Barafundle, where the Hendrik S had been requested to head to to aid to transfer of the injured crewman.
Once on scene, and in the relative calm of Barafundle Bay, the coxswain positioned the lifeboat alongside the 3200 tonne cargo ship. The injured Chief Engineer, accompanied by the 1st Mate, boarded the lifeboat for the 11 mile trip back to Tenby.
Upon arriving back at the lifeboat station at 3.40pm, the injured crewman made his way to hospital.
At approximately 11.20pm that night, the crew of Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat were paged to once again go to the assistance of the cargo ship Hendrik S.
The skipper of the cargo vessel, which was sheltering off Barafundle, was fearing for the safety of his vessel and crew due to extreme fatigue. His 1st Mate was ashore with the injured Chief Engineer, having been taken ashore by the lifeboat earlier in the day for medical treatment.
The owners of the ship had failed to get transport for the 1st Mate to return to the ship and due to the possible danger posed to the vessel by an extremely tired captain, it was decided to launch the lifeboat to avert a possible grounding of the 3200 tonne cargo ship.
The lifeboat launched at 11.30pm with both the 1st Mate and Chief Engineer aboard and made their way to the Hendrik S. Once alongside, the lifeboat transferred both men back to their vessel, before heading back to Tenby.