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ILB rescue

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launches after report of overturned kayak

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly after 5pm today (24th May) after a member of the public went into the town’s Police station reporting that they’d spotted what appeared to be an upturned kayak off Waterwynch.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew beginning their search from the end of North beach, toward Waterwynch. They were joined by Tenby Coastguard and also Police units who searched from the cliff top.

During their search, the lifeboat crew spoke to the occupant of a local fishing vessel who said he’d been in the area for an hour and hadn’t seen any kayaks.
With nobody reported missing and the search area covered by both land and sea units, it was declared a false alarm and the lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

Tenby RNLI lifeboats rescue kayaker from rocks after he capsizes off West Moor cliff.

Tenby RNLI lifeboats rescue kayaker from rocks after he capsizes off West Moor cliff . . . . .

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats launched shortly before 4pm today (18th May) after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from a gentleman stating that his friend had disappeared from sight after he was unable to get back into his kayak after capsizing in a fresh offshore breeze.

Both lifeboats were quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew making best speed toward the casualty’s position.

Once on scene, the lifeboats were directed towards the casualty by a local fishing boat that had spotted him swimming towards the rocks and had stood-by whilst he made his way ashore.

The inshore lifeboat went into the rocks and took the casualty aboard. He was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat to be checked over whilst awaiting the arrival of rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan. The helicopter was soon overhead and winched the casualty up and then landed him on Freshwater East beach where paramedics were waiting to check him over. The casualty was feeling cold and unwell due to ingesting sea water so it was decided that he should be flown to Withybush Hospital, accompanied by one of the Paramedics.

Both boats were then stood down, arriving back at station at about 5.30pm.

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat rescues dog that was cut off by tide after running away from its owner . . . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 7am on Monday 9th May after a call to Milford Haven Coastguard from a gentleman reporting that his dog had got cut off by the incoming tide after it ran off whilst he was walking it along the Paragon beach.

The lifeboat was soon on scene, with the volunteer crew spotting the dog in a small cove under the Imperial Hotel. A crew member went ashore and retrieved the dog, which was none the worse for its ordeal.

The dog was then taken back to Tenby Harbour and reunited with its relieved owner who had made his way down to the Inshore Lifeboat station.

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat rescues 3 people cut off by the tide.

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was launched shortly before 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th April following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from 3 people stating that they were cut off by the incoming tide between 1st Point and Waterwynch.

The volunteer crew began their search at the end of North Beach and quickly found the casualties on rocks between 1st and 2nd Points.

They were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over to make sure they didn’t need medical attention, before being dropped onto the North Beach where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard.

Tenby inshore lifeboat launched after crew members spot windsurfer in difficulty . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 4pm on Friday 13 November after the coxswain and mechanic spotted a windsurfer in difficulty off Castle Beach.

They noticed that the windsurfer had been blown over by the strong wind and seemed unable to get going again. He then began to paddle the board towards the beach but was making little headway due to the combination of choppy sea and strong wind.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the volunteer crew began a search for the casualty. They quickly noticed a windsurfer on the beach but due to the surf, were unable to go in and determine if he was the person that had been in difficulty. The helmsman decided to perform a search along Castle and South beaches to make sure there was nobody else in trouble. In the meantime, a member of the public approached Tenby Coastguard team who had arrived at Castle beach and confirmed that it was indeed the casualty on the beach and that he was now safe and well.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Inshore lifeboat assists in evacuation of walker with suspected broken ankle near Amroth . . . .

Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 1.30pm on Saturday 24 October after a walker fell on rocks between Amroth and Wiseman’s Bridge, suffering a suspected broken ankle.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and a volunteer crew member went ashore to assess the casualty. The gentleman had gotten his foot trapped between 2 rocks and then lost his balance and fell. It was decided that as the casualty was comfortable where he was, the crew member would stay with him whilst the lifeboat went the short distance around to Amroth to collect the Paramedic who had also arrived so that he could treat the casualty and also a Coastguard team member to assist in evacuating the casualty.

With the Paramedic, Coastguard team member and also a stretcher on board, the lifeboat then went back to the casualty. In the short time the lifeboat had been away, the tide had come in considerably and the swell had picked up to the extent that the helmsman decided that the safest option to evacuate the casualty would be by Helicopter. Milford Haven Coastguard then arranged for Royal Navy Search and Rescue Helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. In the meantime, the wife of the casualty, along with their 2 dogs, were taken aboard the lifeboat and dropped safely ashore at Amroth so that she could arrange transport to meet her husband at the hospital.

Once the helicopter was on scene, the casualty was airlifted, along with the lifeboat crew member, Paramedic and Coastguard member. They were then dropped in a field above the site where the casualty was placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital.

Tenby inshore lifeboat rescues 71 year old cut off by tide . . . .

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 7pm on Tues 28 September after Milford Haven Coastguard received a report from a 71 year old gentleman reporting that he was cut off by the tide somewhere in the Wiseman’s Bridge area.

He also reported that he had tried to climb the rocks above him to get to safety but that he’d been forced to climb back down due to the brambles being too thick.

The lifeboat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew found the casualty on rocks near Wiseman’s Bridge. He was taken aboard and found to be suffering from minor cuts due to the brambles but was otherwise fine. He was taken to Saundersfoot harbour and handed over to Tenby Coastguard Team who were waiting for him. The lifeboat then returned to station.

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.

ILB requested after dinghy gets into trouble off South Beach . . . .

At 2.25pm on Tuesday 1 September, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a dinghy was in difficulty and unable to make headway against offshore winds at Tenby’s South beach. As the lifeboat was preparing to launch, Milford Haven Coastguard reported that the casualty had been picked up by a passing passenger vessel and was no longer in danger. the volunteer crew stood down.