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ALB rescue

Both Tenby lifeboats launched after vessel thought to be in danger

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.

Lifeboats tasked after 35ft yacht parts moorings and drifts towards rocks . . . .

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.

Busy start to week for Tenby lifeboats . . . .

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.

Haydn Miller launched after young girl is blown out to sea in a dinghy . . . .

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.

Haydn Miller assists sailing vessel with fouled prop

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.

Three shouts in one day for busy Tenby lifeboat crews . . . .

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 rescues kayakers in difficulty . . . .

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.

Haydn Miller launched after yacht suffers fouled propellor . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller launched shortly before 12.30pm on Saturday 3rd June after a report from a nine-metre yacht in difficulty off Caldey point.

The volunteer crew soon had the casualty vessel in sight and went alongside to assess the problem. The vessel had suffered a fouled propeller which they thought was caused by a fishing net so they requested a tow to Tenby.

The tow was set up and some 30 mins later, the vessel was safely alongside the pier in Tenby.

The lifeboat then returned to station.

Both Tenby RNLI lifeboats launched after lady suffers severe back pain on Caldey Island . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboat were launched with a Paramedic aboard at 2.20pm on Monday 29th May after a report that a lady had severe back pain on Caldey Island.

The lifeboat arrived at Caldey and as the tide was too low to get into the jetty, the Paramedic and some volunteer crew were dropped ashore by the inshore lifeboat, where they were met by Caldey Fire Crew and taken to the casualty. The all-weather lifeboat returned to Tenby to pick up members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team to assist in securing a helicopter landing site at Caldey Lighthouse if required.

After his assessment of the casualty, the Paramedic decided that a helicopter extraction of the casualty was best so she was brought up to the lighthouse to the landing site which had been secured by Tenby Coastguard and lifeboat crew.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was soon overhead and landed to take the casualty on board and transport her to hospital.

The lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station, arriving at 4.30pm

For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

Haydn Miller launched after dinghy spotted drifting off St Govans . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 6pm on Friday 26th May following a report from a member of the public that a dingy was drifting off St Govans.

The lifeboat was on scene some 20 minutes later and the volunteer crew quickly located the small tender-type dinghy just off New Quay Bay.

The dinghy was brought aboard the lifeboat and after careful examination, the crew determined that it hadn’t been recently occupied and had probably broken loose from a passing vessel and been blown towards land by the onshore winds.

With this in mind and with nobody reported missing, the lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station, arriving at 7.15pm

For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.