At 10.20pm on Tuesday 17th July, Tenby’s relief all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch after a report of a missing person near Llangennith Beach, some 18 miles south-east of Tenby.
As the lifeboat launched, the Coastguard received a call stating the person had been found so the lifeboat was stood down and re-housed.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 4.30pm on Monday 16th July following a report from the lone occupant of a yacht, stating that he had suffered fouled propeller eight miles south-east of Tenby.
Once on scene some 20 minutes later, the volunteer lifeboat crew attempted to remove the rope, which appeared to be from a string of lobster pots. Unfortunately, this failed, so the skipper requested a tow back to Tenby.
With the tide too low to enter the harbour, the casualty vessel was placed on the RNLI mooring in North Bay, with a view to launching the inshore lifeboat to tow the vessel in alongside the pier once the tide allowed.
The lifeboat then returned to station, re-housing at 6.30pm
Tenby’s relief RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch at 8.15pm on Saturday 14th July following a report that a jet ski was in trouble near Burry Holmes with the occupants possibly having been thrown into the water.
As the boat was preparing to launch, news came through that the occupants were now ashore and in no danger.
The crew stood down and returned home.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch with Paramedics aboard shortly before 1pm on Monday 9th July after a report from the Welsh Ambulance Service that somebody had fallen, suffering a head injury.
Once on the water, the lifeboat made best speed to Caldey, where the boat was met at the slipway by Caldey Coastguard who took the Paramedics and a member of the lifeboat crew up to where the casualty was lying.
After making an assessment, the Paramedics decided that the best way of getting the casualty off the island was by air, but unfortunately, neither the Air Ambulance or Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were available due to other commitments, which left the lifeboat as the last option.
The casualty was immobilised and made as comfortable as possible before being brought slowly down to the jetty and transferred aboard the lifeboat for the short journey back to Tenby Harbour, before being placed in the back of the ambulance and taken to hospital for treatment.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 4pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch shortly before 4.45pm on Friday 23rd June following a report that a kayak was overdue at Freshwater East.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and made best speed towards the area, whilst Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Teams made their way by road.
News soon came through that the kayaker had made it safely ashore at Freshwater East and was in no danger. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 5.25pm.
The crew of Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat were paged to standby at 11.32am on Saturday 16th June after a report that a kayak had capsized somewhere between Mewslade Bay, Gower and Port Eynon Point, with somebody in the water.
As the crew were arriving at the station, further news came through that the incident was a little further east than first thought and that Mumbles Lifeboat, which was on exercise in the area, was on its way to the scene. They were also joined by Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat.
The crew stood down.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 12.10pm on Tuesday 5th June following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a 21ft vessel had suffered engine failure close to the shore at Marros sands and was in danger of being swamped and washed ashore.
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on the water, followed closely by the inshore lifeboat which had been tasked in case the casualty vessel was too close to the shore for the bigger lifeboat to reach.
As the lifeboats headed for Marros, it became apparent that the casualty vessel was underway again, after the owner managed to restart his engine, so the lifeboats escorted him towards Saundersfoot. A short time later, the engine failed again, so the vessel was taken in tow by volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat.
Once at the entrance to Saundersfoot Harbour, the owner of the casualty vessel managed to restart the engine again and took the vessel into the harbour under its own power, escorted by the inshore lifeboat.
With the casualty vessel safely back alongside at Saundersfoot, the lifeboats were both stood down and returned to station, arriving at 1.25pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd June after the Coastguard received a report that a climber had fallen at Blockhouse Buttress, near St Govans.
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed to the scene.
Also proceeding to the scene, were Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187, Air Ambulance Helimed 57, both Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue units and a land ambulance from Tenby.
Once on scene some 20 minutes later, it became apparent that the lifeboat wouldn’t be of much use, as the casualty was around 20ft above the base of the cliff. Similarly, Rescue 187, which was shortly overhead, was also unable to assist due to an overhang above the casualty, which prevented the winch man getting to him.
After a discussion between all units, a plan was devised and put into action. Two Coastguard Cliff Rescue Technicians were put over the cliff and lowered to secure the casualty.
In the meantime, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat arrived on scene after being called upon for its extra power to cope with the building swell at the base of the cliff. The volunteer crew then veered down through the swell, into the rocks below the casualty.
Both the casualty and the Technicians were then lowered to Tenby inshore lifeboat, which had been called upon to assist with its extra power due to the swell building and the base of the cliff.
With the casualty now in the inshore lifeboat, he was transferred to the all-weather lifeboat so that the helicopter would have a bigger, more stable platform to winch from. Whilst aboard the lifeboat, his injuries were assessed, and he was found to have breathing difficulties so was given oxygen. He was also experiencing abdominal pain.
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 was soon overhead and winched the casualty aboard. They then landed on the cliff top and transferred him to the expert care of Tenby Ambulance Crew who worked alongside the team from the Air Ambulance to stabilise him, before he was flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
The inshore lifeboat then dropped the Cliff Rescue Technicians at Stackpole, before both lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 9.30pm.
Duty Tenby Lifeboat Coxswain Dan Young said “This was a great example of a multi-agency rescue in which all teams involved worked exceptionally well. I’d particularly like to praise the inshore lifeboat crew and cliff rescue teams for their work during the recovery of the casualty in difficult conditions.”
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Tenby all weather lifeboat requested to launch after person seen entering water at Saundersfoot . . . .
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 3.45am on Monday 28th May after the Coastguard received a report from the Police that someone had been seen entering the sea off Saundersfoot.
As the lifeboat was preparing to launch, the Coastguard received a further report that the person had been found safe and well by the Police in the vicinity of Saundersfoot Sailing Club.
The crew stood down and returned home to bed.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after midday on Thursday 10th May following a report that a large wave had capsized a rib off Sandtop Bay on the south-west side of Caldey Island. It was unknown if the occupants were still in the water.
Whilst the lifeboat was making best speed towards the island, news came through from the Coastguard that the three occupants of the rib had made it ashore and were cold but otherwise safe and well.
As the volunteer crew arrived at Sandtop, they could see the upturned vessel inside the surfline, near the beach. Due to the large swell running into the beach, it was too dangerous to attempt to retrieve the boat.
A short time later, the rib washed ashore on Sandtop where the occupants and some of their colleagues that had arrived on Caldey to help, were waiting to pull it out of the water. Their plan was to tow it off and back to Lydstep later in the day once the swell subsided.
With the vessel ashore and nobody in danger, the lifeboat was released to return to station, arriving at 2.25pm.