At 5pm on Sunday 9 December as the lifeboat crew children’s Christmas Party was ending, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch after a report that three ladies were cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Marros and Amroth.
The casualties had been forced to cut their call to the Coastguard short as their mobile phone battery was about to run out, so the Coastguard didn’t have an exact position for them.
The lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to towards Amroth to begin their search in pitch black conditions and with a large swell running into the rocks.
Despite the low battery, once the casualties spotted the lifeboat in the distance, they turned on their phone’s screen and began waving the phone towards the lifeboat. The volunteer crew on the inshore lifeboat immediately spotted the light and headed for it, closely followed by the all-weather lifeboat.
Once on scene, it was apparent to the lifeboat crew that this would be a difficult rescue due to the heavy swell crashing on the rocks, just feet from where the casualties were precariously perched, so Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue teams were paged in case a rope rescue was required.
With the numerous underwater rocks making it impossible for the all-weather lifeboat to get anywhere near, the bigger vessel illuminated the rocks with floodlights, whilst the inshore lifeboat prepared their anchor to veer down into the rocks through the swell in an attempt to reach the casualties.
As the crew made attempts to get close enough to shore in very tricky conditions, a large wave hit the rocks, washing one of the casualties into the sea. As the casualty struggled in the heavy swell, the helmsman managed to get the lifeboat alongside her and the crew pulled her to safety. She was rushed to the all-weather lifeboat where the crew were waiting to assess and treat her.
On their return to check on the remaining two casualties, the inshore lifeboat crew could only watch as another wave hit the rocks and washed them into the surf. Again, the helmsman managed to get inside the surf line and the crew plucked them to safety, before dropping them aboard the all-weather lifeboat.
With everyone accounted for, the boats returned to station, where the casualties were further assessed and were delighted to be able to take warm showers.
Despite the ferocity of the surf that washed them off the rocks, the ladies were lucky to escape with only a few minor grazes. Once they were warmed up enough and had had a warm drink, they thanked the crew and then made their way home.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 1.40pm on Tuesday 4 December after a report from the Police that a person was missing in the area of Morfa Bychan beach near Pendine.
lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to
the scene, some six miles north-east of the station.
As the boats were approaching Morfa Bychan, news came through that the person had been found safe and well.
The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 2.25pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ was requested to launch at 8.45pm on Wednesday 28th November, following a report that a vessel had broken free of its moorings in Saundersfoot harbour and was drifting out of the harbour.
thought that the local fishing vessel parted its moorings during a run in the
harbour caused by Storm Diana.
As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, news came through that the vessel had grounded on rocks outside the harbour and sunk. As there was nothing the lifeboat could do, the crew were stood down.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched with Paramedics aboard at 1.20pm on Wednesday 7 November after a monk took ill on Caldey Island.
The lifeboats were soon at Caldey, where the casualty was already waiting on the jetty. After being assessed by the Paramedics, he was taken aboard the Haydn Miller via the inshore lifeboat, for the trip back to Tenby.
Due to the state of the tide at Caldey, there was insufficient water to allow the larger lifeboat alongside the jetty, so the inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist in transporting people to and from the island.
On arrival back at the station at 1.45pm, the monk was taken aboard the ambulance for further checks before being brought to hospital.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore-lifeboat ‘Georgina Taylor’ was launched shortly after 9pm on Sunday 14th October, following a report from a local fishing boat that they had spotted a possible distress beacon in the sea off Giltar.
The boat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to Giltar, where the crew of the fishing vessel were illuminating the object with their lights.
After a quick examination of the object, it was clear to the lifeboat crew that the object, which was covered in reflective tape and had a flashing light, was in fact the top part of the North Highcliff cardinal mark which must have been detached by recent storms.
The item was taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Tenby Harbour, to await collection by the relevant authorities.
The lifeboat then rehoused at 9.45pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.50pm on Sunday 30th September, after the Police, who were dealing with another call in the area, spotted the word ‘HELP’ written in the sand at Skrinkle.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and put a crew member ashore to check the caves, whilst the remaining crew searched the shoreline. Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and were involved in the search.
After a thorough search and with nothing found and confirmation from the Police that nobody had been reported missing, all units were stood down and the incident deemed a false alarm.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 7.55pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 7.45pm on Saturday 29th September after the Coastguard received a call from a group of people cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank off Burry Port.
As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, Burry Port Coastguard mobile, reported they had managed to locate the casualties and were walking them to safety. The lifeboat was stood down and the crew returned home.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 9.40am on Monday 10th September, following a report of an an upturned kayak off Broadhaven.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the area, some eight miles west of the station.
Once on scene, members of St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team were retrieving the kayak from the water. The lifeboat performed a search of the area in case anybody was in difficulty.
Following the search, with nothing untoward found and nobody reported missing, the lifeboat returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched just after 10pm on Thursday 30th August after a member of the public thought they had seen people cut off by the tide on Monkstone Point, waving lights.
The volunteer crew were quickly on scene and spoke to the persons, but they turned out to be fishing and in no danger.
As a precaution, the lifeboat performed a search from Monkstone to Saundersfoot to rule out anybody else being cut off, before returning to station.
The 3rd and final shout of the day (and 3rd for the inshore lifeboat) was just after 6.30pm following the report of a person stuck on the cliff at Giltar.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and quickly located the casualty some distance up the cliff.
Due to the position of the casualty, it was decided that a cliff rescue from above would be the best option and Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were requested.
Once on scene, a technician was sent down to secure the casualty, before both were lowered into the lifeboat which was providing safety cover below.
Both were then dropped at Penally beach, before the lifeboat returned to station.