Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn launched at 4.50pm today (16th August) after a report from the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos that a person had fallen, injuring their head in rough seas nine miles south of Caldey Island.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the casualty vessel in rough seas and 35 knots winds whilst Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan was also tasked.
As the lifeboat reached the Stavros S Niarchos, the helicopter was also arriving overhead and began lowering the winchman to the deck to assess the casualty. The job was made harder by the ship’s masts pitching from side to side in the swell but the winchman made it safely to the deck.
Whilst the casualty was being checked out, the helicopter pilot and lifeboat coxswain made the decision that due to the 3 metre swell and high winds, the safest course of action was to transfer the casualty in the lee of Caldey Island where there was much more shelter from the elements.
Once in the shelter of Caldey, the lifeboat managed to get alongside the Stavros and take both the casualty and the helicopter winchman aboard. The winchman, also a paramedic, had decided that the injury to the sailor didn’t warrant an airlift to hospital and the casualty was fine to be taken the short distance back to Tenby by lifeboat.
The winchman was then lifted back off the deck of the lifeboat by the helicopter, which then made its way back to base and the Haydn Miller made its way back to Tenby where the casualty was checked over by the awaiting paramedics before being released.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was requested to launch at 1am today (16th August) after a yacht called Milford Haven Coastguard to report going aground somewhere on Carmarthen Bar.
The occupant of the yacht was disorientated and with no GPS aboard, was unable to give his exact position.
The lifeboat made best speed towards the area and the volunteer crew began a search from Pendine towards Ginst Point. A light just west of Ginst Point was investigated and turned out to be the casualty vessel but due to the depth of water, the lifeboat wasn’t able to get near it. It was decided to launch the y-boat, which went alongside the yacht, where the occupant was having difficulty derigging his mast and requested assistance from the lifeboat crew.
With this complete, the casualty was taken aboard the y-boat, where he was wrapped in a blanket to warm him up, before being checked over in case he needed further medical attention.
Once the crew were happy with the casualty’s condition, he was picked up by Ferryside inshore rescue boat and taken back to Ferryside.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving shortly after 3am. The owner hoped to refloat his boat at high tide.
Both Tenby lifeboats were requested to launch this afternoon (Weds 9th August) after a report from a member of the public that 2 kayaks had been washed onto rocks at Priest’s Nose and had disappeared from sight.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 4.15pm and began a search between Lydstep and Manorbier, checking all the coves in between. In the meantime, as the swell between Giltar and Manorbier wasn’t too bad, the inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch to assist with the search. Tenby, Manorbier and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams were also tasked, along with Coastguard Rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.
As they approached Manorbier beach, the volunteer crew of the Haydn Miller launched the y-boat with two crew aboard. They then went into the shore at Manorbier to speak to members of the public, who confirmed that the two kayakers, a father and his son, had managed to get safely back to the beach and had since left the area. It turned out that the son had got into trouble in his inflatable kayak in a strong offshore breeze, prompting the father to attempt to rescue him. Luckily after making it to the rocks, they managed to walk around to Manorbier beach.
With the casualties safely ashore and no longer in danger, the lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 5.20pm.
The second shout for the Georgina Taylor came at 6.25pm when the boat was requested to launch following the report of a missing nine year old girl between Castle beach and South beach.
The lifeboat began their search at Castle Beach and headed toward South beach as Police and Coastguard units searched the shore and the Esplanade above.
Luckily, the girl was soon found by an off duty RNLI lifeguard in the South beach car park and was quickly reunited with her relieved parents.
Following this good news, the inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched tonight (26th July) after a report from a member of the public that a small wooden boat was rowed out of Saundersfoot harbour and had not been seen returning.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 10pm with the inshore lifeboat being requested to launch shortly after.
Both boats carried out a search of the whole of the Saundersfoot bay area using radar, night vision and thermal cameras, whilst coastguard teams searched shore side.
With nothing found and nobody reported missing, both boats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.40pm.
At 8.20am on Friday 21st July, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch by Milford Haven Coastguard after a report by a member of the public that a yacht seemed to be drifting towards rocks at 1st Point after parting its moorings in the bay.
The inshore lifeboat was first on scene shortly before 8.30am and reported that the 35ft yacht was now on the rocks at first point. With this in mind, it was decided that the all-weather lifeboat, which was about to launch, should be stood down as there was nothing it would have been able to do.
The crew of the inshore lifeboat were concerned that there may have been somebody aboard, possibly sleeping and unaware of their situation, so the helmsman decided to veer down through the swell and put a volunteer crew member aboard to check.
Once the crew member had performed a thorough search of the vessel, and with nobody aboard, the inshore lifeboat the was stood down by the coastguard and returned to station.
Later in the day, as the tide came back in around the casualty vessel, the inshore lifeboat was once again requested to launch, this time to provide safety cover as some local boatmen attempted to re-float the yacht.
The operation was a success and the vessel was placed on an outside mooring until the tide was high enough for entry into the harbour where a survey of the vessel’s hull would take place once the tide went out again.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.
The first shout of the day came when the all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 2.15pm on Monday 26th June, after a report that somebody looked to be in trouble on the cliff top between Stackpole and Barafundle.
As the volunteer crew were making their way to the scene, it was confirmed that the person was in no danger and the lifeboat was stood down, arriving back at station at 2.40pm.
The second shout of the day came at 6.50pm, when the inshore lifeboat was requested to launch after two teenagers reported they were cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Tenby and Saundersfoot.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and started a search from 1st Point towards Monkstone. As they were passing Brown Slade, the casualties were spotted waving to them from the rocks.
They were taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Tenby where they were met by Tenby Coastguard Team and Police.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 6.50pm on Sunday 25th June after several 999 calls from people on the beach at Freshwater East stating that a young girl was being blown offshore in a rubber dinghy.
The lifeboat made best speed toward the beach, 6 miles west of the station, along with the Police boat from Milford Haven and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187. Tenby and St Govans Coastguard teams were also tasked to attend.
As the lifeboat was approaching the scene, news came through that the young girl had been rescued, some 200 metres from shore, by the crew of a local fishing boat and was being brought ashore to be met by her frantic parents. She was then checked over by Paramedics and was found to be none the worse for her experience.
The lifeboat returned to station, rehousing at 8.10pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 5pm on Saturday 24th June after the crew of a 25ft sailing yacht reported that they had fouled their propeller off 1st Point.
The volunteer crew were alongside the casualty vessel within minutes of hitting the water and launched the y-boat to get a better look at what had fouled the casualty vessel’s propeller.
It turned out to be a keep pot and was released using a boat hook, allowing the crew of the yacht, which had been on passage from Swansea, to moor in the bay off Tenby’s North Beach.
The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 6pm.
Tenby RNLI crew had a busy day on Saturday 17th June, launching three times to seperate incidents.
At 2.30pm, the inshore lifeboat launched on its first shout of the day after a member of the public reported to Milford Haven Coastguard that they’d heard children shouting for help from the rocks at Morfa Bychan near Pendine.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the scene in choppy seas and immediately began a search of the shoreline, whilst Coastguard and Police teams searched ashore.
Whilst completing the first leg of their search, the crew spotted some children on the rocks. A crew member was put ashore to speak to the children and to stay with them until the Police could get down to the beach to interview them.
Once the children had confirmed to the Police it was them shouting, and that they were not in any danger, all units were stood down, with the lifeboat arriving back at Tenby at 5pm.
Next, at 4.30pm, it was the turn of the all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller which was requested to launch after a report that a child had gone missing in surf at Llangennith – 15 miles south-east of Tenby.
As the volunteer crew were making best speed to the scene, a further report confirmed that the child had been found safe and well.
The lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 5pm.
The final shout of the day and the second for the inshore lifeboat, came at 6.45pm, with the lifeboat being requested to launch after the Police received a call from some concerned parents stating that 2 children had failed to return to their campsite at the agreed time.
The lifeboat was requested to search the Waterwynch to Monkstone area, a possible router that the children may have taken back to their campsite.
As the volunteer crew were nearing the end of their search, it was confirmed that the children had been found safe and well in Tenby so all units were stood down.
The lifeboat arrived back at station at 8.10pm
Haydn Miller’s second launch of the day happened at 6.15pm on 3rd June 2017.
This time, the volunteer crew were tasked to check out 2 kayakers that looked to be in difficulty off Wiseman’s Bridge. A member of the public had reported that the kayakers were making little headway and one of them had fallen out and seemed to be having difficulty getting back in.
The lifeboat made best speed to the area and quickly located the kayakers. They were both taken aboard the lifeboat, with one of them lifted out of the water with a double strop to keep him flat due to him having been in the water for so long. He was treated for hypothermia whilst the lifeboat headed back to Tenby and an ambulance was requested to meet the casualties at the station.
Once back at the station, both casualties were checked over by Paramedics, with one being released. The other required further treatment and used the shower facilities at the station to warm up before the Paramedics were happy to let him return home.