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.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested at 5.15pm on Thursday 16th August after the Coastguard received a call to say 3 kayaks were in difficulty somewhere between Waterwynch and Monkstone.
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on the water, with the all-weather lifeboat being requested to stand-by, ready to launch if required.
As the lifeboat was starting to search between 1st Point and Monkstone, Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the occupant of one kayak had got ashore on north Beach but had said that two other kayaks were last seen towards Monkstone.
The volunteer crew carried on their search and upon reaching Monkstone Beach, were flagged down by someone on the beach. It turned out to be another of the kayakers, who had managed to get ashore there after getting into difficulty. She said that the third kayak was last seen between St Catherine’s Island and her current position but had capsized and not been seen since.
The lifeboat immediately headed towards St Catherine’s and as they got closer to Tenby, saw another kayak approaching North Beach. Luckily it turned out to be the final missing kayaker.
With all casualties now accounted for, the inshore lifeboat returned to Monkstone Beach and collected the kayaker from there, before dropping her at North Beach and reuniting her with her friends and Tenby Coastguard Team.
The Lifeboat then returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched for a third time in the day at 9.15pm on Monday 13th August, this time after a report that two paddle boards were in difficulty off Paragon Beach.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and found that a local fishing vessel had gone to the aid of the four casualties on the two paddle boards. They had gone off the Paragon Beach and got taken out by the tide.
The fishing vessel had helped the boarders into the beach where they were met by Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team.
The lifeboat returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 5.15pm on Monday 13th August after a member of the public approached an RNLI Beach Lifeguard, believing that several children were cut off in the cave below St Catherine’s Island.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and joined the lifeguards and Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team in searching the Island. A short time later, the first informant approached the Lifeguards again to confirm all the children were now safe and well on the beach and not cut off by the tide.
All units stood down and returned to station.