At 5pm on Sunday 9 December as the lifeboat crew children’s Christmas Party was ending, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch after a report that three ladies were cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Marros and Amroth.
The casualties had been forced to cut their call to the Coastguard short as their mobile phone battery was about to run out, so the Coastguard didn’t have an exact position for them.
The lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to towards Amroth to begin their search in pitch black conditions and with a large swell running into the rocks.
Despite the low battery, once the casualties spotted the lifeboat in the distance, they turned on their phone’s screen and began waving the phone towards the lifeboat. The volunteer crew on the inshore lifeboat immediately spotted the light and headed for it, closely followed by the all-weather lifeboat.
Once on scene, it was apparent to the lifeboat crew that this would be a difficult rescue due to the heavy swell crashing on the rocks, just feet from where the casualties were precariously perched, so Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue teams were paged in case a rope rescue was required.
With the numerous underwater rocks making it impossible for the all-weather lifeboat to get anywhere near, the bigger vessel illuminated the rocks with floodlights, whilst the inshore lifeboat prepared their anchor to veer down into the rocks through the swell in an attempt to reach the casualties.
As the crew made attempts to get close enough to shore in very tricky conditions, a large wave hit the rocks, washing one of the casualties into the sea. As the casualty struggled in the heavy swell, the helmsman managed to get the lifeboat alongside her and the crew pulled her to safety. She was rushed to the all-weather lifeboat where the crew were waiting to assess and treat her.
On their return to check on the remaining two casualties, the inshore lifeboat crew could only watch as another wave hit the rocks and washed them into the surf. Again, the helmsman managed to get inside the surf line and the crew plucked them to safety, before dropping them aboard the all-weather lifeboat.
With everyone accounted for, the boats returned to station, where the casualties were further assessed and were delighted to be able to take warm showers.
Despite the ferocity of the surf that washed them off the rocks, the ladies were lucky to escape with only a few minor grazes. Once they were warmed up enough and had had a warm drink, they thanked the crew and then made their way home.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 1.40pm on Tuesday 4 December after a report from the Police that a person was missing in the area of Morfa Bychan beach near Pendine.
lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to
the scene, some six miles north-east of the station.
As the boats were approaching Morfa Bychan, news came through that the person had been found safe and well.
The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 2.25pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched with Paramedics aboard at 1.20pm on Wednesday 7 November after a monk took ill on Caldey Island.
The lifeboats were soon at Caldey, where the casualty was already waiting on the jetty. After being assessed by the Paramedics, he was taken aboard the Haydn Miller via the inshore lifeboat, for the trip back to Tenby.
Due to the state of the tide at Caldey, there was insufficient water to allow the larger lifeboat alongside the jetty, so the inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist in transporting people to and from the island.
On arrival back at the station at 1.45pm, the monk was taken aboard the ambulance for further checks before being brought to hospital.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore-lifeboat ‘Georgina Taylor’ was launched shortly after 9pm on Sunday 14th October, following a report from a local fishing boat that they had spotted a possible distress beacon in the sea off Giltar.
The boat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to Giltar, where the crew of the fishing vessel were illuminating the object with their lights.
After a quick examination of the object, it was clear to the lifeboat crew that the object, which was covered in reflective tape and had a flashing light, was in fact the top part of the North Highcliff cardinal mark which must have been detached by recent storms.
The item was taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Tenby Harbour, to await collection by the relevant authorities.
The lifeboat then rehoused at 9.45pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.50pm on Sunday 30th September, after the Police, who were dealing with another call in the area, spotted the word ‘HELP’ written in the sand at Skrinkle.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and put a crew member ashore to check the caves, whilst the remaining crew searched the shoreline. Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked and were involved in the search.
After a thorough search and with nothing found and confirmation from the Police that nobody had been reported missing, all units were stood down and the incident deemed a false alarm.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 7.55pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched just after 10pm on Thursday 30th August after a member of the public thought they had seen people cut off by the tide on Monkstone Point, waving lights.
The volunteer crew were quickly on scene and spoke to the persons, but they turned out to be fishing and in no danger.
As a precaution, the lifeboat performed a search from Monkstone to Saundersfoot to rule out anybody else being cut off, before returning to station.
The 3rd and final shout of the day (and 3rd for the inshore lifeboat) was just after 6.30pm following the report of a person stuck on the cliff at Giltar.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and quickly located the casualty some distance up the cliff.
Due to the position of the casualty, it was decided that a cliff rescue from above would be the best option and Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were requested.
Once on scene, a technician was sent down to secure the casualty, before both were lowered into the lifeboat which was providing safety cover below.
Both were then dropped at Penally beach, before the lifeboat returned to station.
The 2nd shout of the day came when the inshore lifeboat was launched shortly before 5pm, following a report that there were possibly people cut off by the tide on St Catherine’s Island.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the volunteer crew performing a thorough search of the island with assistance from RNLI lifeguards from Castle Beach.
With nothing found and nobody reported missing, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
First shout of the day, came shortly before midday on Monday 27th August after a climber fell from a cliff face at Saddle Head, some 12 miles West of Tenby, suffering a suspected broken leg.
The casualty had been assisted by 2 members of his climbing team who had secured him to a ledge on the cliff face and raised the alarm.
The lifeboat made best speed to the scene in rough seas, arriving at the same time as Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187.
Unfortunately, Rescue 187 was unable to provide assistance due to the strong winds and overhang above the casualty position, so the decision was made that Tenby, St Govans and Broad Haven Cliff rescue teams would attempt to rescue him from above. At this point, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch to provide safety cover from below with it’s increased engine power over the Y Boat in the swell at the base of the cliff.
The cliff rescue teams then sent a rescue technician over the top of the cliff and down to the casualty. Next, the casualty was secured into a rescue stretcher and winched back up the sheer cliff.
Once at the top, he was handed over into the care of the awaiting Ambulance crew.
The lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched shortly before 6pm on Saturday 25 August after a report a speedboat acting erratically in the Wiseman’s Bridge area.
The volunteer crew were quickly on scene but failed to find the vessel which had apparently been travelling at high speed close to the shore, with swimmers in close proximity.
With the vessel having left the area and nobody reported to be in difficulty, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.