ALB rescue

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Haydn Miller launched after 4 metre dinghy sailing from Lands End to John O Groats is becalmed 13 miles south of Caldey. . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat was tasked to launch at approximately 9.20pm on Wednesday 10th May following a report from the sole occupant of a 4-metre sailing dinghy that he’d been becalmed 13 miles south of Caldey Island.

The gentleman was in the process of sailing from Lands’ End to John O Groats for charity when the wind died and left him drifting in the Bristol Channel while he was trying to reach his overnight destination of Freshwater East. Luckily for him, he was well prepared and had a VHF radio and GPS so was able to call the Coastguard with his position.

The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and reached the casualty 25 minutes later. The occupant was in good health and needed no medical attention. He was brought aboard the lifeboat, along with his sailing vessel and taken to his original destination of Freshwater East. He was then taken ashore in the Y-boat, along with his dinghy and was met by St Govans Cliff Rescue Team.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.10pm.

Tenby lifeboat Coxswain, Phil John said “Ken was obviously well prepared, he had a VHF radio and GPS but was just unlucky when the wind dropped. We wish him all the best on the rest of his challenge and hope the weather is kinder to him”.

You can find out more about the challenge the vessel’s skipper is undertaking here.

Both lifeboats launched after two people get cut off by incoming tide between Wiseman’s Bridge and Amroth . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were tasked to launch at approximately 9.20am today (Sunday 30th April) following a report from two walkers stating that they were cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Wiseman’s Bridge and Amroth.

The casualties had left Saundersfoot earlier in the day around low tide and had decided to walk to Amroth along the beach. As the tide came in, they found themselves surrounded by water and had to climb the rocks.

Both lifeboats made best speed towards the general area of Amroth in a rough south-easterly swell.

The volunteer crew quickly spotted the casualties waving at them from rocks between Wiseman’s Bridge and Amroth. The inshore lifeboat helmsman took the boat into the rocks but after assessing the conditions, decided that due to the swell, it was too dangerous to attempt to get them off by sea.

The Coxswain then requested Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan.

Once on scene, the helicopter picked up the casualties one by one and winched them up, where they were checked over to ensure they didn’t need medical attention.

They were then dropped off with Tenby Cliff Recue team who returned them to where they were staying.

The lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.10am.

More pics and video to follow . . . .

Haydn Miller assists fishing vessel with gearbox failure . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched at 9.10 am on Wednesday 12th April after a report that a 30ft fishing vessel had suffered gearbox failure off Burry Holmes, 15 miles south east of the station.

The volunteer crew made best speed towards the last known position, where they located the casualty vessel some 3 miles north west of Burry Holmes.

The lifeboat went alongside the casualty vessel, and the skipper requested a tow back to Burry Port.

Due to the strong spring tide in the area, it was deemed the Haydn Miller would be the best option rather than the smaller Burry Port lifeboat so a tow was rigged and the fishing vessel was taken towards Burry Port.

Once off Whitford Light, the spring tide had eased enough for the tow to be taken over by Burry Port lifeboat for the remainder of the distance to the harbour.

Having passed the tow to Burry Port lifeboat, the Haydn Miller was stood down and returned to station, arriving shortly after 11.20am.

 

Haydn Miller assists vessel with engine failure 4 miles south of Caldey Island . . . .

At approximately 9.30pm this evening, Thursday 6 April, Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was requested to launch after a report from the crew of a 30ft fishing vessel stating that they had suffered engine failure some 4 miles south of Caldey Island.

The lifeboat made best speed towards the position and quickly located the fishing vessel, before going alongside.

The skipper of the casualty vessel, which had been heading for Burry Port, then requested a tow to Tenby.

The volunteer crew took the vessel in tow towards Tenby, arriving at 11:20pm. Once the casualty vessel was safely moored off the lifeboat slip, the two crew were taken aboard the lifeboat which then re-housed.

Both Tenby RNLI lifeboats in search for missing person . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ was requested to launch by the Coastguard at 10:45am today (22nd February) following a report from the Police that a person was missing in the Skrinkle area.

The all-weather lifeboat made best speed in rough seas towards Skrinkle and began a search of the area. Once it was deemed that the conditions were safe enough for the Inshore Lifeboat that was launched and joined the search too.

As the inshore lifeboat was arriving on scene, members of St Govans Coastguard cliff team spotted the casualty at the base of a 100ft+ cliff in a small cove.

The inshore lifeboat went into the cove in in between waves and dropped off three crew members to go and assess the best way of extracting the casualty. In the meantime, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan was tasked to provide assistance, whilst the Coastguard cliff team prepared to send a technician down from the top.

Due to the increasing swell going into the cove, it was decided that a sea extraction was too dangerous. Once Rescue 187 arrived on scene, they decided that due to the small dimensions of the cove and many loose stones above, it was unsafe for them to try to winch the casualty and crew up. The only option left was to take everyone up by rope.

Both lifeboats then stood-by and provided safety cover whilst the three lifeboat crew members and Coastguard cliff rescue technician were winched up to the top of the cliff, before the helicopter retrieved the casualty.

All units were then stood down and the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 3.30pm.

The Inshore Lifeboat makes it’s way through rough seas.

Haydn Miller requested to launch after walker gets cut off by tide . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard at 16:45pm today (2 February) following a report from a walker that he was cut off by the tide between Waterwynch and Monkstone.

The all-weather lifeboat was requested as opposed to the inshore lifeboat due to the big south easterly swell on scene that would make a rescue by the much smaller craft too dangerous.

As the crew were assembling and preparing to launch, the casualty made a further call to the Coastguard to state that he’d managed to climb the cliff to safety and was making his way along the coast path towards Waterwynch.

The lifeboat was then stood down and the crew returned home.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launched after walker gets stuck on Worm’s Head . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.55pm on Wednesday 25 January 2017 following a report that a walker was cut off by the incoming tide 16 miles away at Worm’s Head.

The volunteer crew made best speed in choppy seas towards Worm’s Head where they were tasked to stand by and provide safety cover to Horton & Port Eynon Inshore lifeboat as they attempted to retrieve the casualty in a south-easterly swell on the limitations of the boat.

As the lifeboat arrived on scene, the Inshore lifeboat reported that they had successfully managed to get the casualty off the rocks.

With nobody left in danger and the Inshore lifeboat returning to station with the casualty, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 4.40pm.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat assists vessel in first launch of year . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 4.40pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 following a report that a vessel was in difficulty near Burry Holmes.

The seven metre vessel, with 2 persons aboard, had been on passage from Swansea to Milford Haven when they started to struggle to make headway against the wind and tide.

The volunteer crew made best speed toward the vessel’s last reported position, 15 miles east of Tenby, with Burry Port’s lifeboat also launched to assist in locating the vessel.

On arrival, the casualty vessel was located one mile north-west of Burry Holmes and the skipper of the casualty vessel requested a tow to Tenby. The vessel was taken in tow and on arrival at Tenby harbour some two hours later, the vessel made its own way into the harbour and was moored safely alongside.

At 7.30pm, nearly three hours after launching, the lifeboat returned to station.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches to assist climbers cut off by heavy swell . . . .

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

Haydn Miller launched to assist injured kayaker off Stackpole . . . .

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.

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