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Car wash 2016

Despite the torrential rain and strong winds, plenty of people turned up to support us at our annual Car Wash which was once again very kindly hosted by Tenby Fire Station.

Flipping good fun at Pancake race

Tenby RNLI’s 6th annual pancake race took place yesterday, 16th February in the town’s Tudor Square.

Once again, there was a huge turnout of both spectators and participants, with Stormy Stan also making an appearance to ensure there was no cheating going on in the crew race and deputy mayor Councillor Sue Lane on hand to start the races.

Winner of the race for five and unders was Ollie Toy; with Emily Walters coming home first in the six to eight category and Melissa Drinkwater triumphing in the nine-12 section. The men’s race was won by Daniel Evans.

The fundraising day was finished off with a two-course pancake dinner at the Fourcroft Hotel.

Tenby RNLI would like to thank all spectators and participants for making this year’s race another huge success.

Tenby RNLI invites you to the launch of a new anniversary book . . . .

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 will be a very special day for Tenby Lifeboat Station – 10 years since the Tamar class lifeboat Haydn Miller (the most advanced in the world at that time) arrived to take up duties in the innovative new £5.8 million boathouse and visitor centre which was custom-built to accommodate her.

The occasion is being celebrated with the launch of a new book commissioned and published by the RNLI. Open to all, the launch is an opportunity to obtain a first-edition copy signed by crew members and author Trevor Barrett. The book is superbly illustrated with archive photographs dating back to the 1850’s and many new photos, including some taken during actual rescues.

The Story of Tenby Lifeboats 1835 to the Present Day is a tribute to all those volunteers who have served the station and who to date have saved more than 900 lives. In addition to describing some of the most harrowing (and sometimes tragic) shouts in Tenby RNLI history, the book also recalls many lighter moments, such as the day when Gustav, a stuffed toy cat, miraculously gave birth to two toy kittens aboard Haydn Miller!

Book launch details: 2nd March 2016, 12.00-2.00, Tenby Lifeboat Station. All are welcome. The book is priced at £5.95 and will be on sale during the launch event and then from the station shop during its normal opening hours.

First shout of year as 26ft fishing vessel reported overdue . . . .

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ had its first shout shortly before 9pm on Tues 12th January after a 26ft fishing vessel was reported overdue at Milford. The vessel, with two persons aboard, had gone to sea earlier in the day, with the occupants planning to return early evening but when it failed to arrive back at Milford, worried family members raised the alarm by calling the Coastguard.

Both of Angle’s lifeboats were already searching Milford Haven waterway and Coastguard rescue helicopter R187 from St Athan had also been requested. Tenby’s lifeboat was tasked to search further rout to sea as it wasn’t apparent where the fishing vessel had been heading when it went to sea.

As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, a call from the Coastguard confirmed that the casualty vessel had been found safe and well in Angle Bay. The occupants were fishing and required no assistance. All search units were stood down.

Coastguard rescue helicopter R187 makes its first visit.

On Sunday 10th Jan, Coastguard rescue helicopter R187 from St Athan near Cardiff made it’s first training visit to us. The helicopters at the base, which is run by Bristow, took over from the RAF in October and provide 24hr SAR cover both at sea and on land.

During the exercise, various scenarios were practised, including lifting a casualty off the deck of the lifeboat in stretcher. Please browse the pictures below. Video will follow very soon.

Tenby RNLI on Twitter

We’ve finally taken the plunge and joined Twitter! This means it’s now even easier to keep up-to-date with what’s going on at Tenby Lifeboat Station. We’ve set ourselves the challenge of getting 500 followers (in just over a day since starting to use Twitter) by midnight December 31st. Why not come along and help us reach that total? Our Twitter name is @tenbyrnli

 

 

Crew Christmas Dinners put on hold as people get stuck on rocks

Shortly before 5pm on December 25th, whilst many of the volunteer crew were tucking into their Christmas dinners, they were alerted by their pagers after several people had become trapped on rocks by the incoming tide at Pendine. The turkey was put on hold and friends and family were left behind as the crew raced down to the station. The lifeboat was soon heading down the slipway into the rough seas as Coastguards, Police and a rescue helicopter from St Athan were also tasked.

As the lifeboat was passing Monkstone Point, the crew were informed that the casualties had managed to climb the rocks to safety and were no longer in danger. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station and their waiting families back at home.

Lifeboat launched after vessel suffers engine failure . . . .

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched just before 4pm on Friday 17 October following a report of a 21ft fishing vessel having suffered engine failure off Pendine. The vessel had infact, suffered engine failure earlier in the day whilst off Pendine but had told the Coastguard that they were happy to wait until they could organise a tow later in the day. With light fading and the vessel drifting further South, the decision was made to launch the lifeboat.

The lifeboat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew performed visual and radar searches for the casualty vessel. The boat was soon located close to military range marker buoy DZ4.

The lifeboat went alongside and the crew of the casualty vessel requested a tow. They intended to go to Laugharne but as the tide was too low to get over the bar, it was decided to tow the vessel back to Tenby.

The lifeboat arrived back at Tenby shortly before 6pm and as there was insufficient tide in the harbour, the casualty vessel was placed on an outer mooring before being towed into the harbour later in the evening by the Inshore lifeboat once the tide allowed.