At 2.05pm on Sunday 2 August, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched following a report that the 8m yacht Seeka was grounding off the Valero jetty in the Milford Haven waterway. This would normally be on Angle lifeboat’s patch but they were already tasked on another rescue. The Haydn Miller launched and made best speed towards the casualty but, as the lifeboat was passing Freshwater East, Angle lifeboat reported that they had finished their rescue and were now heading to assist the Seeka. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched at about 3:58pm on Thurs 30th July after a call from the 35ft yacht ‘Nauphante’ to Milford Haven Coastguard reporting that they had suffered engine failure about 6 miles South East of Caldey Island and with very little wind, they were unable to make headway. The Lifeboat was soon on the water and made best speed to the casualty vessel. Once alongside, the yacht requested a tow into Tenby. The tow was taken up and the yacht was taken the 6 miles back to Tenby and moored safely alongside the harbour wall. The Lifeboat returned to station at approximately 5.50pm.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 2.02pm on Saturday 11th July at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard following a report that a 9yr old child had gone missing on Tenby’s Castle beach during an incoming tide.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and the volunteer crew began a search from Castle beach towards South beach, whilst the RNLI Lifeguards and Coastguard teams searched the shore and Castle Hill.
The crew soon spotted a child on the steps below the Atlantic Hotel and went in to investigate. It turned out to be the missing child. The lifeboat crew stayed with the child and reassured him until the Coastguard team arrived to reunite him with his family.
The lifeboat stood down and returned to station.
Last week Tenby Lifeboat station lost one of its own, Mr Josh Richards sadly passed away aged 82.
Josh joined the RNLI in Tenby in 1953 as a crew member, he then went on to become 2nd Coxswain in 1968 and not long after, in 1972 became Coxswain – a very proud moment for him and his family following after his father “Tommy Josh “ Richards. Josh retired from the Tenby Lifeboat in 1982 after serving 29 years. During this time, Tenby Lifeboats had launched 796 times and saved 345 lives. Josh had also been awarded 2 Bronze medals for his bravery and contribution helping to save lives at sea.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched at about 7:26pm on Wednesday 1 July after a member of the public believed that 2 surfers were caught in a rip at Manorbier Beach. The lifeboat made best speed to the scene but whilst on route, Tenby Coastguard Team made contact with the surfers and determined that they were safe and well and required no assistance. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 1:02pm on Saturday 27 June following a report that a male had injured himself and become cut off by the tide at Monkstone. The volunteer crew were soon on scene, locating the casualty on a rock in the middle of the beach. Once alongside, the crew found that the casualty had been fishing and whilst in the process of getting a fish of his hook, he’d managed to hook himself in the finger. To make things worse, he then lost the fish!! He was taken aboard the lifeboat and returned to Tenby harbour where a Paramedic was waiting for him. The lifeboat then rehoused.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 16:25pm on Monday 23 June at the request of the Police to assist them and Tenby Coastguard in searching for any belongings which would possibly help them in piecing together the last movements of the deceased lady that was found the previous day. The volunteer crew searched the inaccessible bays of 1st and 2nd Point. The lifeboat returned to station at around 17:20.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was launched at 9.50am on Monday 22 June after an RNLI Lifeguard reported what appeared to be a body floating in the sea off North Beach. The lifeboat was quickly on scene and the volunteer crew recovered the body and brought it back to the awaiting Police at the inshore lifeboat station. The lifeboat was again requested to launch later in the morning, to assist Coastguards and Police in a coastline search to locate any possible belongings which may have helped to identify the person.
Tenby RNLI lifeboat stamp to feature on a postbox in the town to mark the 50th Anniversary of Royal Mail special stamps.
June 18, 2015
• Tenby RNLI all-weather Lifeboat stamp is unveiled today on a postbox in the seaside town as part of Royal Mail’s celebrations of 50 years of its Special Stamp programme
• Tenby RNLI Coxswain Phil John, unveiled the stamp plaque at a special photocall today
• Royal Mail is installing 50 plaques with images of some of the most popular stamps on 50 post boxes in locations across the country
• Each of the 50 postboxes is located in one of the UK’s cities, towns or villages that has a special connection with the featured stamp
• A total of 2,663 Special Stamps have been issued since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued.
• Royal Mail stamps have mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.
The stamp of Tenby RNLI Lifeboat will be unveiled on a postbox in Tenby to mark the 50th anniversary of Royal Mail’s much-loved modern Special Stamps programme.
There are 50 special stamp plaques being installed on postboxes across the UK. Each plaque features one of the most popular stamps that has a special connection with the UK city, town or village, in which it is located.
In 2008, Royal Mail issued a set of Special Stamps to commemorate the work of the RNLI charity and the RAF Search and Rescue service, including this stamp of the launch of the Tenby lifeboat.
Other stamps on postboxes include Winston Churchill, Bagpuss, Dylan Thomas, Robert Burns, the Giant’s Causeway, York Minster and Sherlock Holmes. It is hoped that it will attract attention and admiration from locals and tourists alike.
Tenby RNLI Coxswain Phil John, unveiling the new stamp plaque today in Tudor Square, Tenby, said: “I am delighted that Royal Mail has chosen this unique way to celebrate the RNLI charity’s lifesaving role. By featuring the RNLI on a stamp on a local postbox, the community is given an opportunity to share in this tribute to the lifeboat station.”
Royal Mail Delivery Director Estelle Baillie, added: ”The UK’s towns and cities have influenced stamp designs over the past 50 years. We are proud that one of our postboxes in Tenby features the stamp of the popular lifeboat station. We hope that all our customers and visitors to Tenby enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take their own photograph as a memento.”
The Royal Mail modern stamp programme has features a total of 2,663 Special Stamps since July 1965 and every new stamp design is approved by Her Majesty, The Queen before it is issued. The special stamp programme has mirrored the changes in society and culture at large.
The ILB launched at 18:39hrs on Friday 19 June after Milford Haven Coastguard received a phone call from a jogger stating that he thought he’d seen a lady cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Swallow Tree and Monkstone. The ILB was quickly on scene, with the volunteer crew searching the rocks and coves between Monkstone and Saundersfoot, whilst Tenby Coastguard Team searched from above. After performing a thorough search and with nothing found and nobody reported missing, the search was called off and the ILB returned to station.