Shortly before 2pm on Tuesday 18 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch after a child went missing on Saundersfoot beach. As the volunteer crew were heading to the scene, the child was found safe and well. The lifeboat returned to station.
Shortly before 4.30pm on Monday 17th August, the inshore lifeboat crew were paged after a report that a child was missing on Coppet Hall beach. As the volunteer crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, the child was fond safe and well so the crew stood down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 12:41pm on Weds 12 August, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch following a report from Milford Haven Coastguard that a child was missing on the beach at Saundersfoot. As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, news came through that the child had been located safe and well by the RNLI Lifeguards. The crew stood down.
At 10:28am on Tues 11 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat launched following a report that the 14ft speedboat ‘Peptide’ had parted it’s mooring having been tied to a pot buoy the previous evening. The vessel had been reported drifting along Tenby’s South beach. The casualty vessel was towed around to the North beach where it was met by its owner. The lifeboat then rehoused.
RAF Helicopter ‘Rescue 169’ based at RMB Chivenor in North Devon, made its final training visit to Tenby on Sunday 9 August before the responsibility of UK Search and Rescue, is handed over to civilian contractor Bristow towards the end of 2015.
Unfortunately, the exercise was cut short when, shortly after lifting 3 crew off the all-weather lifeboat, the rescue helicopter received a call from Milford Haven Coastguard tasking it to an urgent medical evacuation in Devon. The only problem was, the 3 lifeboat crew were still aboard!
Needing to land them quickly before departing the scene and with landing them back on the lifeboat likely to take some time, the easiest option was the North Beach. But upon reaching the beach, it was found that due to the number of tourists present, this option was not safe. The only other option was to land them on the lifeboat slip – which has never been done before in Tenby and almost certainly isn’t likely to happen again!!
The volunteer crew members were soon back on land and the helicopter departed the scene to assist the injured casualty in Devon. Many thanks to Gareth Davies for the great action shots below: