Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat launched around 6.15pm on Saturday 14 November after a report that 4 kayaks were overdue at Towy Boat Club, Llansteffan.
The kayaks had left Carmarthen around 10am, intending to arrive at Towy Boat Club sometime in the afternoon, before paddling back to Carmarthen. When they failed to arrive by early evening, concerned family raised the alarm.
The volunteer crew launched into rough seas and made best speed towards the Towy Estuary. Other units already searching were Ferryside Inshore Rescue boat, Coastguard, Police and Fire & Rescue teams and a Search and Rescue Helicopter had also been tasked.
As the lifeboat was passing Pendine, news came through that the casualties had been found near the railway bridge at Carmarthen. They were not in need of assistance and were safe.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 6.45pm.
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.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched shortly after 1.15pm on Monday 2nd November following a call to Milford Haven Coastguard from the single occupant of a 15ft fishing vessel reporting that he’d suffered engine failure approximately 2 miles south-east of Trewent Point.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and went alongside the casualty vessel where the skipper requested a tow back to Stackpole. Once at Stackpole, the Y-boat was launched to tow the vessel into the slipway where it was put onto its trailer by the owner.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving back at 2.45pm.
Shortly before 9am on Thursday 29 October, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from a member of the public that a dog was in trouble in the sea between Manorbier and Precipe. The gentleman, who was walking the coast path at the time, reported that a black and white, Colley-type dog had gone into the water but he’d since lost sight of it due to the swell.
The lifeboat made best speed to the location and the volunteer crew began a visual search of the sea while Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams searched the shore. The lifeboat soon spotted what they though was the dog but upon further inspection, it turned out to be a seal. The lifeboat continued to search but unfortunately, due to the conditions, the boat could only get in so far because of the swell.
After searching for over an hour, there was nothing more the lifeboat could do so Milford Haven Coastguard stood the boat down. Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams, along with the dog’s owner continued to search the shoreline in the hope that the dog had made it ashore.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched into rough seas at approximately 02.40am on Monday 26 October following a report from Dyfed Powys Police that a fisherman had contacted them saying he was cut off by the tide whilst fishing off Monkstone beach.
The lifeboat made best speed toward Monkstone. As they were arriving however, the casualty made a further call to the Police stating that he had now managed to make it safely ashore and was on the coast path on the way back to the caravan that he was staying in above the beach. Once this was confirmed by the Milford Haven Coastguard, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
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’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 3pm on Sunday 11 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.
The crew of the vessel, a 17ft Shetland which had lost all power thought they were in the Pendine sands area but weren’t sure.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and whilst the volunteer crew were performing both Radar and DF searches for the casualty vessel, the coastguard were informed that the boat was actually 2 miles north of Burry Holmes.
The lifeboat was requested to continue until this was confirmed by the Burry Port crew.
Once Burry Port Atlantic was alongside, Tenby’s lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday 4 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.
The vessel in question had left Ferryside earlier in the day on passage to Burry Port but had failed to arrive at the time stated in his passage plan. During a subsequent radio conversation with Milford Haven Coastguard, the occupant of the casualty vessel confirmed that he’d gone aground on sand bar between Ferryside and Burry Port but due to fog, was unaware of his exact position.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed in rough seas towards the Burry Estuary, along with Burry Port Inshore and Atlantic lifeboats and Rescue Helicopter 187.
The lifeboats arrived on scene and at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, began searching as close inshore as the conditions would allow. As the volunteer lifeboat crews were searching, Rescue 187 radioed to confirm that they’d found the casualty vessel approximately 2.5 miles South West of Ginst Point. They had the single occupant aboard the helicopter and having confirmed he needed no medical attention, decided that they would drop him off at Pembrey Airfield.
Whilst this was going on, Ferryside Inshore Rescue Boat was tasked to retrieve the casualty vessel, with Tenby’s lifeboat standing-by for safety cover due to the state of the sea.
Once Ferryside had the vessel under tow and after making sure they were safely over the bar, Tenby’s lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.30pm.
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.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 26 September with two paramedics aboard after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call stating that an elderly lady had fallen and required medical assistance.
The lifeboat was soon alongside Caldey and dropped off the 2 paramedics along with three RNLI volunteer crewmembers to assist them with the casualty. They were taken up to a house by car by some locals who were waiting on the jetty.
Once on scene, the paramedics assessed the casualty and suspected that the 94 year old had broken her femur. It was decided that the safest and most comfortable mode of getting her to hospital would be by air so RAF Rescue Helicopter 169 was requested. In the meantime, the casualty was made comfortable before being placed onto a stretcher and taken by car up to the landing pad at the Lighthouse.
As the paramedics and lifeboat crew were arriving at the lighthouse, the helicopter was landing. The casualty was taken straight aboard the helicopter, before being flown to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.