At 8pm on Monday 16th July, Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to tow the yacht that the all-weather lifeboat rescued earlier in the afternoon, into Tenby harbour.
The yacht was placed alongside the pier, allowing the skipper of the vessel to remove the rope once the tide had gone out.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to an incident at St Catherine’s Island for the second time in 24 hrs, this time after a report that several teenagers were jumping off the highest point of the island.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and after a brief search, located five teenagers that confirmed they had been jumping off. Due to the strong current between the island and the beach caused by the spring tide, the teenagers were taken aboard the lifeboat and brought to Castle Beach where they were met by Tenby Coastguard units.
The lifeboat then returned to station.
Whilst attending the Long Course Weekend swim on Tenby’s North Beach, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate after a report that 3 swimmers were possibly in difficulty off St Catherine’s Island.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the volunteer crew performed a thorough search and located the swimmers. They were in no difficulty but were given safety advice informing them of the strong currents between the island and Castle Beach. The lifeboat then returned to the swim.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 5.50am on Saturday 7th July to assist the Police and Coastguard after a person was reported to be missing in the South Beach area.
All teams were quickly on scene, with the lifeboat beginning a shoreline search and the Coastguard and Police searching the beach. Luckily, within a few minutes, the person was found safe and well.
All units were stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 5am on Saturday 9th June after a person was reported to be in a distressed state on North Beach.
Despite being woken from their beds, the volunteer crew were quickly on the water and began a search of the shoreline on North Beach, whilst the Coastguard and Police searched the beach.
Whilst this search was going on, further news came through, stating that the person was now thought to be on Paragon Beach.
As all units were heading to the new location, the Police confirmed that the person was now in the care of the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The lifeboat was stood down and the returned to station.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 12.10pm on Tuesday 5th June following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a 21ft vessel had suffered engine failure close to the shore at Marros sands and was in danger of being swamped and washed ashore.
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on the water, followed closely by the inshore lifeboat which had been tasked in case the casualty vessel was too close to the shore for the bigger lifeboat to reach.
As the lifeboats headed for Marros, it became apparent that the casualty vessel was underway again, after the owner managed to restart his engine, so the lifeboats escorted him towards Saundersfoot. A short time later, the engine failed again, so the vessel was taken in tow by volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat.
Once at the entrance to Saundersfoot Harbour, the owner of the casualty vessel managed to restart the engine again and took the vessel into the harbour under its own power, escorted by the inshore lifeboat.
With the casualty vessel safely back alongside at Saundersfoot, the lifeboats were both stood down and returned to station, arriving at 1.25pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Georgina Taylor’ was requested to launch just after 12:40pm on Sunday 3rd June after the Coastguard received a report that a person had gone missing on Castle Beach, Tenby.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and proceeded to Castle Beach, where they were requested to perform a shoreline search towards Lydstep, whilst Coastguard units searched the beaches and headlands.
As the lifeboat was approaching Lydstep, news came through that the missing person had been located safe and well in Tenby town centre.
All units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 1:15pm.
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.”
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Tenby’s Inshore lifeboat was tasked to launch just before 4.30pm on Sunday 27th May after a report that a family of three were cut off by the incoming tide at Monkstone.
After a brief search, the volunteer crew located the casualties. The helm negotiated his way through the rocks and got to the casualties just in time as the rocks were nearly submerged by the tide.
The man and his son and daughter were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over to make sure they were unharmed, before being returned to Saundersfoot Harbour, where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team.
Georgina Taylor was launched at 5.50pm on Tuesday 15th May after 2 people reported that they were cut off by the incoming tide at 2nd Point, along with their dog.
The volunteer crew quickly had the casualties spotted, took them off the rocks and returned them, along with their dog to the safety of Tenby Harbour, before the returning to station.