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.
Tenby’s Inshore lifeboat was tasked to launch just before 3.30pm on Sunday 13th May after a report that several children were cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank at the back of the pier.
The lifeboat was on scene within a minute of launching, but before they got there, the children managed to get to safety.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly after 10.30am am on Monday 7th May following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a kayak had capsized off Barafundle, leaving a person in the water.
The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the scene, nine miles west of Tenby.
As the lifeboats were approaching Barafundle, they were met by a local fishing vessel which had heard the Coastguard calling for any vessel in the area and had responded. They now had the casualty, his companion and both kayaks aboard.
The inshore lifeboat went alongside the fishing vessel and transferred both people to the all-weather lifeboat.
Once aboard, the casualty that had entered was warmed up and checked over to ensure he didn’t need any medical attention. Apart from being very cold, he was none the worse for his ordeal.
It turned out they had left Stackpole earlier, with the aim of fishing. Whilst off Barafundle, a freak wave swamped one of the kayaks, knocking the occupant, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket, into the water. He couldn’t get back in and got cold very quickly. Luckily, he was able to hang onto his friend’s kayak until help arrived.
Once warmed up, both kayakers were returned to Barafundle where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team, before the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 11.55am.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 11.40am on Friday 4th May after a report from the farmer on Caldey Island that a cow had gone over the cliff and he was attempting to retrieve it.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and made best speed to Caldey. Once there, after a brief search, they spotted the farmer in the field above a small cove to the West of Drinkum bay.
After a brief discussion, and as the cove where the cow was situated was inaccessible from land, it was decided to bring the farmer and a member of Caldey Coastguard Team around to the cove to assess the cow and attempt to bring it around to the beach.
Once the necessary manpower (including a member of the lifeboat crew) was ashore at the cove, they managed to get the very weak cow to eat some food, before leading it down to the water. From here, the cow was made fast to the side of the lifeboat and towed the short distance around to the beach at Drinkum where it made it ashore and into the company of a very relieved and thankful farmer and his staff.
The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 1.20pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 10.25am on Saturday 21st April following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a person was in difficulty between Lydstep and Old Castle Head.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to perform a shoreline search between Lydstep and Manorbier.
As the lifeboat was between Giltar Point and Lydstep, a further call to the Coastguard from the Police confirmed that the person had been found safe and well so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday 14th April following a report that a yacht had gone aground on Tenby’s Whiteback in thick fog.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene, with the crew recognising the yacht as the same one the all-weather lifeboat had rescued the day before.
Tenby Coastguard confirmed that the skipper of the yacht had been taken ashore by a windsurfer and was in their company on South Beach.
With the vessel well aground, the helmsman of the lifeboat made the decision to request the extra power of the all-weather lifeboat.
The all-weather lifeboat was soon on scene. The inshore lifeboat then took the tow rope and made it fast on the bow of the yacht. The vessel was then towed off the sandbank and around to Tenby harbour where it was put safely alongside the pier.
The lifeboats then rehoused at 3.10pm.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly before 11am on Saturday 7th April following a mayday from a vessel taking on water three miles south of Caldey Island.
The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the casualty’s last known position.
Once on scene, they were joined by a Police boat, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and the passing cargo vessel Arklow Valour.
After investigating several targets in the water, which all turned out to be driftwood and with no vessels reported missing, all units were stood down at 1.25pm, with the call being classified as a false alarm.
The lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 1.35pm.
Tenby’s RNLI Inshore lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after 4.30pm on Monday 19th February after a report from a father and son that they were cut off by the incoming tide between 1st Point and Waterwynch.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and soon spotted the pair on rocks close to Waterwynch.
The helmsman took the lifeboat into the rocks, where the casualties were taken aboard. They were then checked over in case any medical attention was required, before being dropped to their waiting family and Tenby Coastguard Team on Tenby’s North Beach.
The lifeboat the returned to station, arriving at 5.10pm.