Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 5am on Saturday 9th June after a person was reported to be in a distressed state on North Beach.
Despite being woken from their beds, the volunteer crew were quickly on the water and began a search of the shoreline on North Beach, whilst the Coastguard and Police searched the beach.
Whilst this search was going on, further news came through, stating that the person was now thought to be on Paragon Beach.
As all units were heading to the new location, the Police confirmed that the person was now in the care of the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The lifeboat was stood down and the returned to station.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 12.10pm on Tuesday 5th June following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a 21ft vessel had suffered engine failure close to the shore at Marros sands and was in danger of being swamped and washed ashore.
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on the water, followed closely by the inshore lifeboat which had been tasked in case the casualty vessel was too close to the shore for the bigger lifeboat to reach.
As the lifeboats headed for Marros, it became apparent that the casualty vessel was underway again, after the owner managed to restart his engine, so the lifeboats escorted him towards Saundersfoot. A short time later, the engine failed again, so the vessel was taken in tow by volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat.
Once at the entrance to Saundersfoot Harbour, the owner of the casualty vessel managed to restart the engine again and took the vessel into the harbour under its own power, escorted by the inshore lifeboat.
With the casualty vessel safely back alongside at Saundersfoot, the lifeboats were both stood down and returned to station, arriving at 1.25pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat ‘Georgina Taylor’ was requested to launch just after 12:40pm on Sunday 3rd June after the Coastguard received a report that a person had gone missing on Castle Beach, Tenby.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and proceeded to Castle Beach, where they were requested to perform a shoreline search towards Lydstep, whilst Coastguard units searched the beaches and headlands.
As the lifeboat was approaching Lydstep, news came through that the missing person had been located safe and well in Tenby town centre.
All units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 1:15pm.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch just after 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd June after the Coastguard received a report that a climber had fallen at Blockhouse Buttress, near St Govans.
The all-weather lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed to the scene.
Also proceeding to the scene, were Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187, Air Ambulance Helimed 57, both Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue units and a land ambulance from Tenby.
Once on scene some 20 minutes later, it became apparent that the lifeboat wouldn’t be of much use, as the casualty was around 20ft above the base of the cliff. Similarly, Rescue 187, which was shortly overhead, was also unable to assist due to an overhang above the casualty, which prevented the winch man getting to him.
After a discussion between all units, a plan was devised and put into action. Two Coastguard Cliff Rescue Technicians were put over the cliff and lowered to secure the casualty.
In the meantime, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat arrived on scene after being called upon for its extra power to cope with the building swell at the base of the cliff. The volunteer crew then veered down through the swell, into the rocks below the casualty.
Both the casualty and the Technicians were then lowered to Tenby inshore lifeboat, which had been called upon to assist with its extra power due to the swell building and the base of the cliff.
With the casualty now in the inshore lifeboat, he was transferred to the all-weather lifeboat so that the helicopter would have a bigger, more stable platform to winch from. Whilst aboard the lifeboat, his injuries were assessed, and he was found to have breathing difficulties so was given oxygen. He was also experiencing abdominal pain.
Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 was soon overhead and winched the casualty aboard. They then landed on the cliff top and transferred him to the expert care of Tenby Ambulance Crew who worked alongside the team from the Air Ambulance to stabilise him, before he was flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
The inshore lifeboat then dropped the Cliff Rescue Technicians at Stackpole, before both lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 9.30pm.
Duty Tenby Lifeboat Coxswain Dan Young said “This was a great example of a multi-agency rescue in which all teams involved worked exceptionally well. I’d particularly like to praise the inshore lifeboat crew and cliff rescue teams for their work during the recovery of the casualty in difficult conditions.”
For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.
Tenby all weather lifeboat requested to launch after person seen entering water at Saundersfoot . . . .
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 3.45am on Monday 28th May after the Coastguard received a report from the Police that someone had been seen entering the sea off Saundersfoot.
As the lifeboat was preparing to launch, the Coastguard received a further report that the person had been found safe and well by the Police in the vicinity of Saundersfoot Sailing Club.
The crew stood down and returned home to bed.
Tenby’s Inshore lifeboat was tasked to launch just before 4.30pm on Sunday 27th May after a report that a family of three were cut off by the incoming tide at Monkstone.
After a brief search, the volunteer crew located the casualties. The helm negotiated his way through the rocks and got to the casualties just in time as the rocks were nearly submerged by the tide.
The man and his son and daughter were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over to make sure they were unharmed, before being returned to Saundersfoot Harbour, where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team.
Georgina Taylor was launched at 5.50pm on Tuesday 15th May after 2 people reported that they were cut off by the incoming tide at 2nd Point, along with their dog.
The volunteer crew quickly had the casualties spotted, took them off the rocks and returned them, along with their dog to the safety of Tenby Harbour, before the returning to station.
Tenby’s Inshore lifeboat was tasked to launch just before 3.30pm on Sunday 13th May after a report that several children were cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank at the back of the pier.
The lifeboat was on scene within a minute of launching, but before they got there, the children managed to get to safety.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s relief RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch shortly after midday on Thursday 10th May following a report that a large wave had capsized a rib off Sandtop Bay on the south-west side of Caldey Island. It was unknown if the occupants were still in the water.
Whilst the lifeboat was making best speed towards the island, news came through from the Coastguard that the three occupants of the rib had made it ashore and were cold but otherwise safe and well.
As the volunteer crew arrived at Sandtop, they could see the upturned vessel inside the surfline, near the beach. Due to the large swell running into the beach, it was too dangerous to attempt to retrieve the boat.
A short time later, the rib washed ashore on Sandtop where the occupants and some of their colleagues that had arrived on Caldey to help, were waiting to pull it out of the water. Their plan was to tow it off and back to Lydstep later in the day once the swell subsided.
With the vessel ashore and nobody in danger, the lifeboat was released to return to station, arriving at 2.25pm.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch shortly after 10.30am am on Monday 7th May following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard that a kayak had capsized off Barafundle, leaving a person in the water.
The lifeboats were soon on the water and made best speed towards the scene, nine miles west of Tenby.
As the lifeboats were approaching Barafundle, they were met by a local fishing vessel which had heard the Coastguard calling for any vessel in the area and had responded. They now had the casualty, his companion and both kayaks aboard.
The inshore lifeboat went alongside the fishing vessel and transferred both people to the all-weather lifeboat.
Once aboard, the casualty that had entered was warmed up and checked over to ensure he didn’t need any medical attention. Apart from being very cold, he was none the worse for his ordeal.
It turned out they had left Stackpole earlier, with the aim of fishing. Whilst off Barafundle, a freak wave swamped one of the kayaks, knocking the occupant, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket, into the water. He couldn’t get back in and got cold very quickly. Luckily, he was able to hang onto his friend’s kayak until help arrived.
Once warmed up, both kayakers were returned to Barafundle where they were met by members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team, before the lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 11.55am.