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.
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’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’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’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
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.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 3.30pm today (28 August) following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from a concerned member of the public that a swimmer was in difficulty off Broadhaven.
The volunteer crew made best speed towards Broadhaven, but whilst they were rounding Giltar Point, Milford Haven Coastguard requested that they check Skrinkle as they were passing following a report of 2 kayaks that had been swamped by the large swell, causing the occupants the be thrown into the sea. The inshore lifeboat was also tasked to this incident.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and quickly located the kayakers in the water. They were taken aboard and checked over in case they needed medical treatment, before the lifeboat immediately continued to Broadhaven to the swimmer in difficulty. The two kayakers also had to go along as the swell was too large to put them ashore at Skrinkle.
As they were passing Freshwater East, Milford Haven Coastguard reported that the casualty was now safe and well ashore and stood the lifeboat down.
On the return journey to Tenby, the kayakers were dropped aboard the inshore lifeboat at Lydstep before being brought safely ashore, along with their kayaks that the inshore lifeboat had towed around from Skrinkle.
Both lifeboats then returned to station, arriving at 4.30pm
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched at 5.45pm on 26th August after a kayak was reported to be overdue at Saundersfoot.
The kayak left the beach at Saundersfoot earlier in the afternoon and when it hadn’t returned back to shore at the agreed time, worried relatives rang the Coastguard to request assistance.
Both boats began searching from Waterwynch up towards Monkstone. With nothing found, they continued to search around Monkstone point towards Saundersfoot. A kayak matching the description of the one reported overdue was soon spotted. On speaking to the occupant, he confirmed that he had left the beach earlier and was heading back a little later than planned after losing track of time due to the amount of fish he was catching!
The kayaker was escorted back to Saundersfoot and then both boats returned to station, arriving at 6.10pm.
At 3.30pm on Wednesday 25th August, Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat launched following a report that a 7 metre rib had suffered engine failure half a mile south of St Govans.
The occupants of the vessel had an auxiliary engine but they were failing to make headway against the tide.
Whilst the volunteer lifeboat crew were making best speed to the area, a local fishing boat that happened to be in the area responded to a call from Milford Haven Coastguard and pulled the rib clear of danger and stood-by until the Haydn Miller arrived.
Once the lifeboat was on scene, the occupants of the casualty vessel requested a tow back to Freshwater East.
The rib and her 6 occupants were soon safely back at Freshwater East and once safely ashore, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 5:20pm
Haydn Miller requested to check safety of kayaker seen passing through Sker rocks in big swell . . . .
At 7pm this evening (19 August), whilst returning from the previous shout, Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested by Milford Haven Coastguard to check on the safety of a kayak seen passing through the Sker rocks in rough seas.
The Coastguard had taken a call from the Deputy Launching Authority at the lifeboat station stating that the sea conditions were not really suitable for a kayak.
The lifeboat was soon alongside the kayaker and advised him to return to and stay in Tenby’s North Bay where it was more sheltered from the southerly swell.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 7.10pm.