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.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was requested to launch at 1am today (16th August) after a yacht called Milford Haven Coastguard to report going aground somewhere on Carmarthen Bar.
The occupant of the yacht was disorientated and with no GPS aboard, was unable to give his exact position.
The lifeboat made best speed towards the area and the volunteer crew began a search from Pendine towards Ginst Point. A light just west of Ginst Point was investigated and turned out to be the casualty vessel but due to the depth of water, the lifeboat wasn’t able to get near it. It was decided to launch the y-boat, which went alongside the yacht, where the occupant was having difficulty derigging his mast and requested assistance from the lifeboat crew.
With this complete, the casualty was taken aboard the y-boat, where he was wrapped in a blanket to warm him up, before being checked over in case he needed further medical attention.
Once the crew were happy with the casualty’s condition, he was picked up by Ferryside inshore rescue boat and taken back to Ferryside.
The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving shortly after 3am. The owner hoped to refloat his boat at high tide.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 4.20pm today (12th August) after a report that several children were missing in the area of 1st Point, Tenby.
As the volunteer crew were arriving on scene and about to start their search, the RNLI lifeguards on North beach reported that they had found the children safe and well on the beach.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Both Tenby lifeboats were requested to launch this afternoon (Weds 9th August) after a report from a member of the public that 2 kayaks had been washed onto rocks at Priest’s Nose and had disappeared from sight.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 4.15pm and began a search between Lydstep and Manorbier, checking all the coves in between. In the meantime, as the swell between Giltar and Manorbier wasn’t too bad, the inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch to assist with the search. Tenby, Manorbier and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams were also tasked, along with Coastguard Rescue helicopter 187 from St Athan.
As they approached Manorbier beach, the volunteer crew of the Haydn Miller launched the y-boat with two crew aboard. They then went into the shore at Manorbier to speak to members of the public, who confirmed that the two kayakers, a father and his son, had managed to get safely back to the beach and had since left the area. It turned out that the son had got into trouble in his inflatable kayak in a strong offshore breeze, prompting the father to attempt to rescue him. Luckily after making it to the rocks, they managed to walk around to Manorbier beach.
With the casualties safely ashore and no longer in danger, the lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 5.20pm.
The second shout for the Georgina Taylor came at 6.25pm when the boat was requested to launch following the report of a missing nine year old girl between Castle beach and South beach.
The lifeboat began their search at Castle Beach and headed toward South beach as Police and Coastguard units searched the shore and the Esplanade above.
Luckily, the girl was soon found by an off duty RNLI lifeguard in the South beach car park and was quickly reunited with her relieved parents.
Following this good news, the inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor was requested to launch for the 2nd time in the evening at 6.35pm on Monday 7th August after a report that two people were cut off by the tide at Ragwen Point, Marros.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water, with the volunteer crew making best speed to the scene, some seven miles north-east of the station. The casualties had reported that they were 10 metres above sea level so Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 was also tasked to the scene in case a winch was required. Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Teams were also in attendance.
On arriving on scene, the crew gave the coastguard an update on the casualties, confirming that they were some distance up the cliff. The lifeboat was requested to provide safety cover until Rescue 187 had arrived and winched the casualties to safety.
With the casualties dropped in a field at the top of the cliff by the helicopter and no longer in danger, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 8pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor launched shortly after 5.20pm on Monday 7th August after a report that a fisherman was possibly cut off by the tide at Priest’s Nose, Manorbier.
As the volunteer crew were passing Giltar Point, a further report stated that the fisherman had made it ashore himself and was now safe and well on the
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, arriving at 5.35pm.
Georgina Taylor was requested to launch at 00.25am on Wednesday 2nd August after a report two people that they were cut off by the incoming tide on Tenby’s South Beach.
The lifeboat was on scene within minutes, with the volunteer crew searching rocks below the Esplanade.
Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team soon arrived on scene and found that the pair had managed to make it safely up to the Esplanade and were now back at their hotel.
The volunteer crew stood down and rehoused the boat.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 10:40am on Tuesday 1st August after a report that a swimmer was in difficulty in the town’s North Bay.
As the lifeboat was about to launch, a further report confirmed that the swimmer had been pulled from the water by a passing vessel and was now safe and well.
The volunteer crew stood down and rehoused the boat.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched tonight (26th July) after a report from a member of the public that a small wooden boat was rowed out of Saundersfoot harbour and had not been seen returning.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 10pm with the inshore lifeboat being requested to launch shortly after.
Both boats carried out a search of the whole of the Saundersfoot bay area using radar, night vision and thermal cameras, whilst coastguard teams searched shore side.
With nothing found and nobody reported missing, both boats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 11.40pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 10.45pm on Tuesday 25th July following a report that a yacht was very close to Goscar rock on North beach.
The report was from a member of the public who was concerned that the vessel was getting closer to the rocks and wasn’t sure if anybody was aboard.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and determined that the yacht wasn’t drifting and that nobody was aboard. One of the volunteer crew also confirmed that it was still in the position that it had been when he left the harbour earlier in the evening.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station some 5 minutes after launching.