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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.