At 4.35pm on Tuesday 31st October, the crew of Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat were paged following a report that a kite surfer seemed to be in difficulty off Tenby’s South beach.
Five minutes later, whilst the volunteer crew were on the shoreline preparing to launch, they noticed the passenger vessel Caldey Abbey II approaching the beach. A kite surfer jumped over the side and then made his way ashore.
Before returning to station, the crew chatted to the surfer, who confirmed he’d been the one in trouble and was in no need of medical assistance.
Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were also in attendance.
At 9.30am on Monday 30th October, Tenby’s relief all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch following the report that a 12-metre commercial fishing vessel had broken down one-mile south-east of Stackpole.
The vessel had lost all power, having fouled both propellers whilst fishing.
The volunteer crew were soon on the water and made their way to the casualty, arriving 20 minutes later. Once alongside, the crew of the casualty vessel requested a tow back to their home port of Milford Haven.
The vessel was then taken in tow back towards Milford Haven and once about 3 miles southeast of the entrance to Milford Haven Waterway, Angle lifeboat launched and took over the tow for the remaining few miles.
Tenby lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.30am.
Haydn Miller launched during Storm Brian after person thought to be washed off rocks at Skrinkle . . . .
At 9.20am on Saturday 21st October, during Storm Brian, Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched following a report that somebody had been washed off the rocks by the large swell at Skrinkle.
The volunteer crew made best speed to Skrinkle through huge seas, whilst being buffeted by 65mph gusts.
Once on scene, the lifeboat got as close as was safely possible in the huge swell and began to perform a search between Skrinkle and Lydstep, whilst Coastguard teams searched from the cliffs above and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 search from the air.
As the search continued, the Coastguard received a call from someone claiming to be the person that had been on the rocks. Once this was confirmed, and that the person was safe and well, all units were stood down.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 10:50am
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched at 7pm on Saturday 23rd September following a report from Dyfed Powys Police that a female had gone missing in the Morfa Bychan area of Pendine.
The boats were on scene some 15 minutes later and the volunteer crew began coastline searches between Telpyn and Dolwen points, while Tenby and Llansteffan Coastguard Teams, Police units and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 also searched the area.
At 9pm, after thoroughly searching the coastline and with nothing found and daylight fading fast, both boats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 9.20pm.
Shortly before midday on Monday 28th August, Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was requested to launch after a report of a vessel broken down between Tenby and Saundersfoot.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and found the casualty vessel approximately one and a half miles south-east of Monkstone Point. Once alongside, the vessel’s occupants requested a tow back to Tenby.
On arrival at Tenby, the vessel was placed alongside the pier and then the lifeboat returned to station at 1.15pm
At 9.15pm on Sunday 27th August, Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched following a report that several people looked to be cut off by the tide at Morfa Bychan, Pendine.
As they were approaching the scene, the volunteer crew saw lights on the rocks and as they got closer, it became obvious that they were fishing and in no danger. However, the y-boat was launched and the crew made contact with the fishermen just to make sure they were not in any trouble.
Once this was confirmed, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller launched at 4.40pm today (26th August) after Coastguard received a 999 call reporting that a dinghy with two people aboard was overdue at Rhossili.
As the lifeboat made best speed to the scene, a further 999 call confirmed that the dinghy and its occupants were now safe ashore and required no assistance.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, rehousing at 4.55pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 9.15pm today (25th August) after a report that a Shetland fishing boat had suffered engine failure off Sker Rock, Tenby.
A member of the lifeboat crew was standing off the casualty vessel in his boat after being alerted to the incident and then calling the Coastguard to report it.
The volunteer crew soon had the lifeboat on the water and within two minutes, were alongside the vessel whose occupants requested a tow back to Saundersfoot.
Once the boat was safely back on its moorings, the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 10.20pm
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller launched at 4.10pm today (25th August) after a report from a 28ft yacht reporting that they had suffered engine failure five miles south of Caldey Island.
The lifeboat was on scene 20 minutes later and went alongside the yacht, which had been underway using the engine due to light winds when they got into difficulty.
After a request from the occupants, the vessel was towed back to Tenby and placed on one of the moorings in the bay. The yacht’s crew opted to stay aboard and were planning to get the vessel into the harbour and alongside the pier when the tide allowed so they could get their engine repaired.
The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 5.30pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn launched at 4.50pm today (16th August) after a report from the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos that a person had fallen, injuring their head in rough seas nine miles south of Caldey Island.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the casualty vessel in rough seas and 35 knots winds whilst Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan was also tasked.
As the lifeboat reached the Stavros S Niarchos, the helicopter was also arriving overhead and began lowering the winchman to the deck to assess the casualty. The job was made harder by the ship’s masts pitching from side to side in the swell but the winchman made it safely to the deck.
Whilst the casualty was being checked out, the helicopter pilot and lifeboat coxswain made the decision that due to the 3 metre swell and high winds, the safest course of action was to transfer the casualty in the lee of Caldey Island where there was much more shelter from the elements.
Once in the shelter of Caldey, the lifeboat managed to get alongside the Stavros and take both the casualty and the helicopter winchman aboard. The winchman, also a paramedic, had decided that the injury to the sailor didn’t warrant an airlift to hospital and the casualty was fine to be taken the short distance back to Tenby by lifeboat.
The winchman was then lifted back off the deck of the lifeboat by the helicopter, which then made its way back to base and the Haydn Miller made its way back to Tenby where the casualty was checked over by the awaiting paramedics before being released.