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Rescues

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.

Inshore lifeboat investigates after report of dinghy in trouble . . . .

At 6:25pm on Saturday 29 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched for the 2nd time in the day following a report from a member of the public outside the Clarence Hotel stating that they could see a dinghy that was possible in difficulty. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and spotted a dinghy on the beach. After speaking to the owners, the volunteer crew were confident that it was the dinghy in question and that they were in no difficulty. The lifeboat stood down.

ILB launched after windsurfer gets into trouble off Giltar Point . . . .

Shortly after 10am on Saturday 29th August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched after Milford Haven Coastguard received several calls stating that a windsurfer was in difficulty off Giltar Point.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the volunteer crew discovered a windsurf sail abandoned between Lydstep and Giltar Point and, after a short search they were informed that the owner of the sail had made himself known to the RNLI lifeguards.

It turned out that he had indeed got into trouble and had to ditch his sail at sea and later his board in the cove and swim ashore at Penally beach. In the meantime, the lifeguards had paddled out after spotting his board.

As there was no longer anybody in danger, the lifeboat recovered the board and returned it to its owner on the beach before returning to station.

Tenby inshore lifeboat investigates after upturned kayak found . . . . .

At 16:18pm on Thurs 27th August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched after a member of the public spotted an upturned kayak off the Esplanande.

The lifeboat crew were quickly on the water and found the kayak off the Paragon Beach. The kayak was taken aboard and dropped to the waiting RNLI Lifeguards on South Beach. As the volunteer crew were dropping off the kayak, a man approached the lifeguard hut on the beach saying that it was his kayak and that he had capsized off the Esplanade and that he’d had to swim ashore at South Beach.

Once it was determined that nobody was in any danger, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Lifeboat assists in treatment and recovery of cliff faller . . . .

Whilst returning from its previous shout at Burry Holmes, Tenby all-weather lifeboat was tasked to go to the aid of a cliff faller at St Govans – the opposite end of the boats’ coverage patch from the previous shout. The lifeboat made best speed to the scene as did St Govans Coastguard and RAF Helicopter Rescue 169. Once on scene, the y-boat was launched with 2 crew members. One crew member went ashore with first aid equipment to assess and treat the casualty. It turned out that whilst climbing, the casualty had fallen some 25ft onto her back on the rocks below, injuring her wrist and lower back. The helicopter soon arrived with a winch man who is also a Paramedic. The lifeboat volunteer then assisted the paramedic in stabilising the casualty and then getting her into the stretcher ready to be winched into the helicopter. Once winched up, the casualty was flown to hospital in Swansea. The crewman then returned to the lifeboat and they returned to station.

ILB launched after 27 year old goes missing from Tenby harbour . . . .

At 3:49pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched for a 2nd time in the day, this time to assist in the search for a 27 year old that had gone missing at Tenby Harbour. The lifeboat was tasked to search the shoreline between 1st point and Castle Beach, whilst the Police and Tenby Coastguard units searched the beaches and town. As the search was progressing, news came in that the casualty had been found inland at Ludchurch. The lifeboat stood down.

Lifeboat launched after 22ft boat goes aground on sand bar in rough seas . . . .

At 2.08pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched after the skipper of a 22ft wooden vessel reported he was feeling unwell somewhere in Carmarthen Bay and that he needed assistance. The lifeboat was soon on the water, with the volunteer crew performing both visual and radar searches of the bay. Shortly after launching, a new message from the casualty vessel stated that he’d gone aground on a sand bar around Burry Holmes and he was in imminent danger. The lifeboat headed straight for Burry Holmes as both Burry Port inshore lifeboat and also RAF Helicopter Rescue 169 were tasked to the scene. Once on scene, the lifeboat went alongside the casualty vessel, which had now refloated, and dropped a member of crew aboard to assess and assist the casualty whilst the lifeboat escorted the boat into safer waters. It was found that skipper was no longer feeling unwell but due to the sea conditions, he was unable to get back into the safety of Burry Port. Burry Port inshore lifeboat then arrived on scene and passed a crew member aboard the vessel to relieve the Tenby crewman. Burry Port lifeboat then escorted the vessel over the sand bar and into the safety of Burry Port. The lifeboat then returned to station.