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.
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.
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.
Shortly before 2pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch after a child went missing on Saundersfoot beach. As the volunteer crew were heading to the scene, the child was found safe and well. The lifeboat returned to station.
Shortly before 4.30pm on Monday 17th August, the inshore lifeboat crew were paged after a report that a child was missing on Coppet Hall beach. As the volunteer crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, the child was fond safe and well so the crew stood down.
At 12.37pm on Monday 17 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched following a request from Milford Haven Coastguard after a yacht reported that it had snagged its anchor on an underwater cable off Caldey’s Eel Point. The lifeboat arrived on scene and discovered the MOD Range Safety vessel Smit Penally already alongside the casualty vessel. After some discussion between the various crews, it was decided that the lifeboat and Smit Penally would use their grappling hooks to attempt to lift the cable whilst the yacht crew attempted to free their anchor. After several minutes and with some skilful manoeuvring by the coxswains of the lifeboat and the range safety vessel, the anchor was wriggled loose and the yacht was free.
Whilst out on exercise on Sunday 16 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat was requested after a pan-pan message stated that a 16ft vessel had suffered engine failure off proud Giltar. The lifeboat immediately responded and soon located the vessel at Giltar. A tow was requested so the ILB took the vessel back to Lydstep before returning to station.
At 4:15pm on Saturday 16 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat was launched following a report that 2 people were cut off by the tide in the Monkstone area. The lifeboat was soon on scene and the volunteer spotted what turned out to be a father and son stuck on a rock, unable to get ashore. They were taken aboard and returned to Saundersfoot. The lifeboat then returned to station.
At 5.50pm on Friday 14 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat was launched following a report from a holiday-maker staying at Lydstep that a person was cut off by the tide near the quarry. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew quickly spotted somebody that matched the description, fishing on a rock. He was cut off but was in no danger and was happy to stay fishing where he was. The volunteer crew decided to perform a search of the area to rule out and more people being cut off, before returning to station.
Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches after 14ft sailing dinghy capsizes behind Caldey in rough seas . . . . .
At approximately 12.46pm on Thurs 6 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from concerned visitors near the lighthouse on Caldey Island, stating that a small dinghy had capsized in rough seas and the single occupant didn’t seem to be able to right it.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and once they rounded Caldey point, the volunteer crew spotted 2 local fishing boats alongside the upturned dinghy which was about 200 metres south of the Caldey light. The occupant had been picked out of the water by one of the fishing boats whilst the other was in the process of righting the dinghy. The lifeboat went alongside and took the casualty aboard where he was checked over in case he needed medical assistance but luckily, he was fine. His dinghy was then taken in tow by the lifeboat back to Coppet Hall where it had been launched from earlier in the day.
Once there, the ‘Y boat’ was launched to tow the casualty vessel ashore where both it and it’s owner were met by Tenby Coastguards. The lifeboat then returned to station.