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Rescues

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.

All-weather lifeboat launched after yacht snags underwater power cable . . . .

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.

ILB tasked whilst out on exercise . . . .

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.

ILB launched after father and son get cut off by the tide . . . .

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.

ILB launched after report of person cut off by tide at Lydstep . . . .

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.

Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches after body boarder goes missing in surf off Burry Holmes . . . . .

At 13:28pm on Tuesday 4 August, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched following a report that a body boarder had gone missing at Blue Pool, near Burry Holmes – some 15 miles east of Tenby.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed in rough seas to the scene. Burry Port inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist in the search.

Luckily, as the lifeboats were approaching the scene, the casualty was located safe and well on the beach. The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.