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.
At 5.35pm this evening (19 August) Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that an adult and a child had been washed off rocks in heavy seas at Broadhaven.
The lifeboat was on the water within minutes, with the volunteer crew making best speed towards Broadhaven, some 11 miles west of Tenby.
When the lifeboat was a few miles from the scene, further details came through from Milford Haven Coastguard stating that Coastguard Teams on shore had confirmed that the casualties had managed to climb a rock offshore from Broadhaven. However, they said there was an 8ft swell pounding the rocks, meaning that rescue by sea was probably not possible so the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from St Athan, Rescue 187 was tasked. The Haydn Miller was requested to stand off and provide safety cover.
The helicopter was overhead fifteen minutes later and lifted both casualties to safety, before dropping them ashore to the awaiting Coastguards and Paramedics.
The lifeboat was then released and returned to station.
At 7.30am this morning (18 August) Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a swimmer was missing off Broadhaven.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and made best speed to Broadhaven.
As the lifeboat was passing Lydstep, a call came through from Milford Haven Coastguard confirming that the casualty was now safe and well ashore.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 7:55am.
Shortly after returning from supporting the Caldey swim this morning (14 August), Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was called into action again, this time after a fisherman suffered a reaction to a sting from a fish some 16 miles south of Caldey.
The casualty made the call for assistance to Milford Haven Coastguard, stating that he was in extreme pain and that his finger was swelling up quickly.
The lifeboat was on the water just after 1pm and headed towards the 16ft casualty vessel. Once on scene, volunteer lifeboat crew members went aboard to assess the casualty.
After being checked over, the casualty confirmed that he was now feeling a lot better and was happy to continue fishing.
The lifeboat was stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard and returned to station, arriving at 2.30pm.
As the volunteer crew of the Haydn Miller were performing a towing exercise this evening (9 August) Milford Haven Coastguard requested that they head towards Burry Holmes to assist a 29ft yacht that had suffered engine failure and was making little progress in light winds against the tide.
The lifeboat was soon heading towards the casualty vessel. Once alongside, the occupants of the yacht requested a tow to Saundersfoot.
Two and a half hours later, the yacht was safely at Saundersfoot.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 11pm.
Again, as the Haydn Miller was returning to station from a previous job, the volunteer crew were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to their 5th incident of the day, this time at Castle Beach, Tenby where several people had been reported in difficulty in the sea which the inshore lifeboat was already at.
On arrival, it was found that all casualties were out of the water and being attended to by Tenby Fire Brigade who happened to be on scene as part of Tenby’s Summer Spectacular.
The lifeboat was stood down for the final time and returned to station, arriving at 9pm.