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.
The 2nd shout of the day came when the inshore lifeboat was launched shortly before 5pm, following a report that there were possibly people cut off by the tide on St Catherine’s Island.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the volunteer crew performing a thorough search of the island with assistance from RNLI lifeguards from Castle Beach.
With nothing found and nobody reported missing, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
First shout of the day, came shortly before midday on Monday 27th August after a climber fell from a cliff face at Saddle Head, some 12 miles West of Tenby, suffering a suspected broken leg.
The casualty had been assisted by 2 members of his climbing team who had secured him to a ledge on the cliff face and raised the alarm.
The lifeboat made best speed to the scene in rough seas, arriving at the same time as Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187.
Unfortunately, Rescue 187 was unable to provide assistance due to the strong winds and overhang above the casualty position, so the decision was made that Tenby, St Govans and Broad Haven Cliff rescue teams would attempt to rescue him from above. At this point, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch to provide safety cover from below with it’s increased engine power over the Y Boat in the swell at the base of the cliff.
The cliff rescue teams then sent a rescue technician over the top of the cliff and down to the casualty. Next, the casualty was secured into a rescue stretcher and winched back up the sheer cliff.
Once at the top, he was handed over into the care of the awaiting Ambulance crew.
The lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched shortly before 6pm on Saturday 25 August after a report a speedboat acting erratically in the Wiseman’s Bridge area.
The volunteer crew were quickly on scene but failed to find the vessel which had apparently been travelling at high speed close to the shore, with swimmers in close proximity.
With the vessel having left the area and nobody reported to be in difficulty, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 8.50am on Thursday 23 August after a person became ill on Caldey Island and needed to be brought to Tenby for treatment.
The lifeboat was soon alongside at Caldey, with the volunteer crew being met by members of the island’s Fire & Rescue Team who had the patient in their vehicle.
The lady was assisted aboard the lifeboat, along with a nurse who lives on the island that had been looking after the her. She was then taken the short journey back to Tenby, where the Paramedics were waiting for her.