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ALB rescue

Tenby’s lifeboats assist in multi-agency rescue of cliff faller near St Govans. . . . .

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.”

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.

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 all weather lifeboat launched after wave capsizes rib off Caldey Island . . . .

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.

Both lifeboats launched after freak wave swamps kayak off Barafundle . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly after 10.30am am on Monday 7th May following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a kayak had capsized off Barafundle, leaving a person in the water.

The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the scene, nine miles west of Tenby.

As the lifeboats were approaching Barafundle, they were met by a local fishing vessel which had heard the Coastguard calling for any vessel in the area and had responded. They now had the casualty, his companion and both kayaks aboard.

The inshore lifeboat went alongside the fishing vessel and transferred both people to the all-weather lifeboat.

Once aboard, the casualty that had entered was warmed up and checked over to ensure he didn’t need any medical attention. Apart from being very cold, he was none the worse for his ordeal.

It turned out they had left Stackpole earlier, with the aim of fishing. Whilst off Barafundle, a freak wave swamped one of the kayaks, knocking the occupant, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket, into the water. He couldn’t get back in and got cold very quickly. Luckily, he was able to hang onto his friend’s kayak until help arrived.

Once warmed up, both kayakers were returned to Barafundle where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team, before the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 11.55am.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launched to assist Police after distressed person spotted on cliff at Saddle Point

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just before 1.15pm on Thursday 3rd May, after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from the Police stating that there was a distressed person on a cliff at Saddle Point, Broad Haven.

The lifeboat, which had been requested by the Police, was soon on the water and made its way to the scene, some nine miles west of Tenby.

Shortly after arriving at Saddle Point, the lifeboat was joined by the Police RIB from Neyland and both boats stood by whilst Police dealt with the incident.

Once the situation was resolved, all units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 4pm.

Both lifeboats launched after yacht goes aground in fog . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday 14th April following a report that a yacht had gone aground on Tenby’s Whiteback in thick fog.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the crew recognising the yacht as the same one the all-weather lifeboat had rescued the day before.
Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the skipper of the yacht had been taken ashore by a windsurfer and was in their company on South Beach.

With the vessel well aground, the helmsman of the lifeboat made the decision to request the extra power of the all-weather lifeboat.

The all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene. The inshore lifeboat then took the tow rope and made it fast on the bow of the yacht. The vessel was then towed off the sandbank and around to Tenby harbour where it was put safely alongside the pier.

The lifeboats then rehoused at 3.10pm.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launched after yacht reported to be taking on water . . . .

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 2pm on Friday 13th April, after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a yacht in Carmarthen Bay to say they were taking on water.

After a brief search, the volunteer lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel about 7 miles east of Tenby.

The lifeboat then went alongside the vessel, where the crew requested a tow to Tenby. Two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht, where its crew confirmed the bilge pump was broken. Luckily, one of the lifeboat crew is also one of the station’s deputy mechanics and fixed the bilge pump whilst on the way back to Tenby!

Once back in Tenby, the vessel was placed on one of the outside moorings, and the lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 3.15pm.

Both boats launched after report of mayday 3 miles south of Caldey Island . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly before 11am on Saturday 7th April following a mayday from a vessel taking on water three miles south of Caldey Island.

The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the casualty’s last known position.
Once on scene, they were joined by a Police boat, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and the passing cargo vessel Arklow Valour.

After investigating several targets in the water, which all turned out to be driftwood and with no vessels reported missing, all units were stood down at 1.25pm, with the call being classified as a false alarm.
The lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 1.35pm.

Annual car wash abandoned as all-weather lifeboat launched after injury at St Govans

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 12.45 on Saturday 31st March, with the crew abandoning the annual car wash, after Ambulance control received a report of somebody injured at St Govans.

As it was unclear where the casualty was, the lifeboat was requested to provide assistance if necessary.

As the lifeboat was making its way to the scene, the volunteer crew received news that the casualty was easily accessible from the shore and that no assistance was required.

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Two shouts to same cargo ship in less than 12 hrs . . . .

Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch shortly before 2.30pm on Thursday 15th February after a report from the cargo ship Hendrik S reporting an injured crewmember.

The ship was on passage from Dublin to Amsterdam when the Chief Engineer got his fingers trapped in a hatch during heavy seas south of St Govans, breaking several of them.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and made best speed towards the sheltered bay at Barafundle, where the Hendrik S had been requested to head to to aid to transfer of the injured crewman.

Once on scene, and in the relative calm of Barafundle Bay, the coxswain positioned the lifeboat alongside the 3200 tonne cargo ship. The injured Chief Engineer, accompanied by the 1st Mate, boarded the lifeboat for the 11 mile trip back to Tenby.

Upon arriving back at the lifeboat station at 3.40pm, the injured crewman made his way to hospital.

At approximately 11.20pm that night, the crew of Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat were paged to once again go to the assistance of the cargo ship Hendrik S.

The skipper of the cargo vessel, which was sheltering off Barafundle, was fearing for the safety of his vessel and crew due to extreme fatigue. His 1st Mate was ashore with the injured Chief Engineer, having been taken ashore by the lifeboat earlier in the day for medical treatment.

The owners of the ship had failed to get transport for the 1st Mate to return to the ship and due to the possible danger posed to the vessel by an extremely tired captain, it was decided to launch the lifeboat to avert a possible grounding of the 3200 tonne cargo ship.

The lifeboat launched at 11.30pm with both the 1st Mate and Chief Engineer aboard and made their way to the Hendrik S. Once alongside, the lifeboat transferred both men back to their vessel, before heading back to Tenby.

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