ALB rescue

Tenby RNLI lifeboat launched to search for vessel aground on sand bar . . . .

Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday 4 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.

The vessel in question had left Ferryside earlier in the day on passage to Burry Port but had failed to arrive at the time stated in his passage plan. During a subsequent radio conversation with Milford Haven Coastguard, the occupant of the casualty vessel confirmed that he’d gone aground on sand bar between Ferryside and Burry Port but due to fog, was unaware of his exact position.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed in rough seas towards the Burry Estuary, along with Burry Port Inshore and Atlantic lifeboats and Rescue Helicopter 187.

The lifeboats arrived on scene and at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, began searching as close inshore as the conditions would allow. As the volunteer lifeboat crews were searching, Rescue 187 radioed to confirm that they’d found the casualty vessel approximately 2.5 miles South West of Ginst Point. They had the single occupant aboard the helicopter and having confirmed he needed no medical attention, decided that they would drop him off at Pembrey Airfield.

Whilst this was going on, Ferryside Inshore Rescue Boat was tasked to retrieve the casualty vessel, with Tenby’s lifeboat standing-by for safety cover due to the state of the sea.

Once Ferryside had the vessel under tow and after making sure they were safely over the bar, Tenby’s lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.30pm.

Lifeboat tasked after 94 year old suffers suspected broken leg on Caldey Island . . . .

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 26 September with two paramedics aboard after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call stating that an elderly lady had fallen and required medical assistance.

The lifeboat was soon alongside Caldey and dropped off the 2 paramedics along with three RNLI volunteer crewmembers to assist them with the casualty. They were taken up to a house by car by some locals who were waiting on the jetty.

Once on scene, the paramedics assessed the casualty and suspected that the 94 year old had broken her femur. It was decided that the safest and most comfortable mode of getting her to hospital would be by air so RAF Rescue Helicopter  169 was requested. In the meantime, the casualty was made comfortable before being placed onto a stretcher and taken by car up to the landing pad at the Lighthouse.

As the paramedics and lifeboat crew were arriving at the lighthouse, the helicopter was landing. The casualty was taken straight aboard the helicopter, before being flown to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.

Lifeboats launch to evacuate monk with chest pains . . . .

At 16:55 on Wednesday 16 September, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched after a report that one of the monks on Caldey Island was suffering from chest pains.

The lifeboats were at Caldey within six minutes and the all-weather lifeboat went alongside the jetty and dropped off a volunteer crew member along with a Paramedic. They were taken up to the Monastery, where they found the monk in his room.

After being monitored by the Paramedic, it was decided that the Air Ambulance which had been on standby, could be stood down as the casualty’s condition wasn’t life threatening. However, he still needed to be checked over in hospital to find the cause of his pain.

Once he felt comfortable enough, the monk was driven down to the jetty and taken aboard the lifeboat for the short trip back to the lifeboat station where he was met by the ambulance crew to be taken to hospital.

Both boats launch for medical evacuation from Caldey Island . . . .

Both lifeboats launched at approx. 8.15pm on Monday 7th September with Paramedics aboard after the Ambulance Service received a call stating that a diabetic man was feeling unwell on Caldey Island and needed medical attention. The boats arrived on scene and due to the low tide, the inshore lifeboat went into jetty to retrieve the casualty. He was then brought aboard the all weather lifeboat and taken into the care of the awaiting Paramedics. The boats then returned to station and the casualty was taken to hospital for treatment.

Lifeboat assists in treatment and recovery of cliff faller . . . .

Whilst returning from its previous shout at Burry Holmes, Tenby all-weather lifeboat was tasked to go to the aid of a cliff faller at St Govans – the opposite end of the boats’ coverage patch from the previous shout. The lifeboat made best speed to the scene as did St Govans Coastguard and RAF Helicopter Rescue 169. Once on scene, the y-boat was launched with 2 crew members. One crew member went ashore with first aid equipment to assess and treat the casualty. It turned out that whilst climbing, the casualty had fallen some 25ft onto her back on the rocks below, injuring her wrist and lower back. The helicopter soon arrived with a winch man who is also a Paramedic. The lifeboat volunteer then assisted the paramedic in stabilising the casualty and then getting her into the stretcher ready to be winched into the helicopter. Once winched up, the casualty was flown to hospital in Swansea. The crewman then returned to the lifeboat and they returned to station.

Lifeboat launched after 22ft boat goes aground on sand bar in rough seas . . . .

At 2.08pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched after the skipper of a 22ft wooden vessel reported he was feeling unwell somewhere in Carmarthen Bay and that he needed assistance. The lifeboat was soon on the water, with the volunteer crew performing both visual and radar searches of the bay. Shortly after launching, a new message from the casualty vessel stated that he’d gone aground on a sand bar around Burry Holmes and he was in imminent danger. The lifeboat headed straight for Burry Holmes as both Burry Port inshore lifeboat and also RAF Helicopter Rescue 169 were tasked to the scene. Once on scene, the lifeboat went alongside the casualty vessel, which had now refloated, and dropped a member of crew aboard to assess and assist the casualty whilst the lifeboat escorted the boat into safer waters. It was found that skipper was no longer feeling unwell but due to the sea conditions, he was unable to get back into the safety of Burry Port. Burry Port inshore lifeboat then arrived on scene and passed a crew member aboard the vessel to relieve the Tenby crewman. Burry Port lifeboat then escorted the vessel over the sand bar and into the safety of Burry Port. The lifeboat then returned to station.

All-weather lifeboat launched after yacht snags underwater power cable . . . .

At 12.37pm on Monday 17 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched following a request from Milford Haven Coastguard after a yacht reported that it had snagged its anchor on an underwater cable off Caldey’s Eel Point. The lifeboat arrived on scene and discovered the MOD Range Safety vessel Smit Penally already alongside the casualty vessel. After some discussion between the various crews, it was decided that the lifeboat and Smit Penally would use their grappling hooks to attempt to lift the cable whilst the yacht crew attempted to free their anchor. After several minutes and with some skilful manoeuvring by the coxswains of the lifeboat and the range safety vessel, the anchor was wriggled loose and the yacht was free.