Shortly before 9am on Thursday 29 October, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was requested to launch following a report to Milford Haven Coastguard from a member of the public that a dog was in trouble in the sea between Manorbier and Precipe. The gentleman, who was walking the coast path at the time, reported that a black and white, Colley-type dog had gone into the water but he’d since lost sight of it due to the swell.
The lifeboat made best speed to the location and the volunteer crew began a visual search of the sea while Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams searched the shore. The lifeboat soon spotted what they though was the dog but upon further inspection, it turned out to be a seal. The lifeboat continued to search but unfortunately, due to the conditions, the boat could only get in so far because of the swell.
After searching for over an hour, there was nothing more the lifeboat could do so Milford Haven Coastguard stood the boat down. Tenby and Manorbier Coastguard teams, along with the dog’s owner continued to search the shoreline in the hope that the dog had made it ashore.
Tenby RNLI welcomed an inspirational five-year-old fundraiser flying the Pembrokeshire flag on a crusade to help cancer patients.
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Tenby RNLI Lifeboat Station were only too happy to help out when they were approached by the family of Elly Neville, asking if she could visit the station to learn more about what they do.
Despite being only five years old, Elly has managed to raise thousands of pounds for Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.
Elly initially created an award-winning collage of the Pembrokeshire Flag, which she then raffled off to raise vital funds for the planned upgrade of cancer services on Ward 10. Since then she has done various sponsored events and visits, all raising money for the worthy cause.
Elly visited the lifeboat station along with her parents Lyn and Ann, where she met several members of the Tenby RNLI lifeboat crew, who were preparing for an exercise launch.
She was then taken on a tour of the RNLI charity’s lifeboat by Tenby RNLI crew member and Lifeboat Press Officer Ben James.
He said: ‘Elly learned all about the boat, including how it is steered and she was very interested to see where the survivors sit.
‘Following her tour of the boat, Elly was thrilled to watch the launch of the boat from the viewing gallery inside the station.
‘She is an inspirational little girl and we were only too happy to welcome her to the boathouse.’
The cause is close to the youngster’s heart as her father Lyn was a patient at the Chemotherapy Day Unit (CDU) and Ward 10 after a bone marrow transplant in 2005.
People can keep track and donate to Elly’s Flying the Flag for Ward 10 campaign by visiting the Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/ward10flag.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched into rough seas at approximately 02.40am on Monday 26 October following a report from Dyfed Powys Police that a fisherman had contacted them saying he was cut off by the tide whilst fishing off Monkstone beach.
The lifeboat made best speed toward Monkstone. As they were arriving however, the casualty made a further call to the Police stating that he had now managed to make it safely ashore and was on the coast path on the way back to the caravan that he was staying in above the beach. Once this was confirmed by the Milford Haven Coastguard, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 1.30pm on Saturday 24 October after a walker fell on rocks between Amroth and Wiseman’s Bridge, suffering a suspected broken ankle.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and a volunteer crew member went ashore to assess the casualty. The gentleman had gotten his foot trapped between 2 rocks and then lost his balance and fell. It was decided that as the casualty was comfortable where he was, the crew member would stay with him whilst the lifeboat went the short distance around to Amroth to collect the Paramedic who had also arrived so that he could treat the casualty and also a Coastguard team member to assist in evacuating the casualty.
With the Paramedic, Coastguard team member and also a stretcher on board, the lifeboat then went back to the casualty. In the short time the lifeboat had been away, the tide had come in considerably and the swell had picked up to the extent that the helmsman decided that the safest option to evacuate the casualty would be by Helicopter. Milford Haven Coastguard then arranged for Royal Navy Search and Rescue Helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. In the meantime, the wife of the casualty, along with their 2 dogs, were taken aboard the lifeboat and dropped safely ashore at Amroth so that she could arrange transport to meet her husband at the hospital.
Once the helicopter was on scene, the casualty was airlifted, along with the lifeboat crew member, Paramedic and Coastguard member. They were then dropped in a field above the site where the casualty was placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital.
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.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly before 3pm on Sunday 11 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.
The crew of the vessel, a 17ft Shetland which had lost all power thought they were in the Pendine sands area but weren’t sure.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and whilst the volunteer crew were performing both Radar and DF searches for the casualty vessel, the coastguard were informed that the boat was actually 2 miles north of Burry Holmes.
The lifeboat was requested to continue until this was confirmed by the Burry Port crew.
Once Burry Port Atlantic was alongside, Tenby’s lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s all weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 6.30pm on Sunday 4 October following a report that a vessel had gone aground somewhere in the Carmarthen Bay area.
The vessel in question had left Ferryside earlier in the day on passage to Burry Port but had failed to arrive at the time stated in his passage plan. During a subsequent radio conversation with Milford Haven Coastguard, the occupant of the casualty vessel confirmed that he’d gone aground on sand bar between Ferryside and Burry Port but due to fog, was unaware of his exact position.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed in rough seas towards the Burry Estuary, along with Burry Port Inshore and Atlantic lifeboats and Rescue Helicopter 187.
The lifeboats arrived on scene and at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, began searching as close inshore as the conditions would allow. As the volunteer lifeboat crews were searching, Rescue 187 radioed to confirm that they’d found the casualty vessel approximately 2.5 miles South West of Ginst Point. They had the single occupant aboard the helicopter and having confirmed he needed no medical attention, decided that they would drop him off at Pembrey Airfield.
Whilst this was going on, Ferryside Inshore Rescue Boat was tasked to retrieve the casualty vessel, with Tenby’s lifeboat standing-by for safety cover due to the state of the sea.
Once Ferryside had the vessel under tow and after making sure they were safely over the bar, Tenby’s lifeboat returned to station, arriving back at 9.30pm.
Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched shortly before 7pm on Tues 28 September after Milford Haven Coastguard received a report from a 71 year old gentleman reporting that he was cut off by the tide somewhere in the Wiseman’s Bridge area.
He also reported that he had tried to climb the rocks above him to get to safety but that he’d been forced to climb back down due to the brambles being too thick.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and the volunteer crew found the casualty on rocks near Wiseman’s Bridge. He was taken aboard and found to be suffering from minor cuts due to the brambles but was otherwise fine. He was taken to Saundersfoot harbour and handed over to Tenby Coastguard Team who were waiting for him. The lifeboat then returned to station.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 26 September with two paramedics aboard after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call stating that an elderly lady had fallen and required medical assistance.
The lifeboat was soon alongside Caldey and dropped off the 2 paramedics along with three RNLI volunteer crewmembers to assist them with the casualty. They were taken up to a house by car by some locals who were waiting on the jetty.
Once on scene, the paramedics assessed the casualty and suspected that the 94 year old had broken her femur. It was decided that the safest and most comfortable mode of getting her to hospital would be by air so RAF Rescue Helicopter 169 was requested. In the meantime, the casualty was made comfortable before being placed onto a stretcher and taken by car up to the landing pad at the Lighthouse.
As the paramedics and lifeboat crew were arriving at the lighthouse, the helicopter was landing. The casualty was taken straight aboard the helicopter, before being flown to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.
At 16:55 on Wednesday 16 September, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched after a report that one of the monks on Caldey Island was suffering from chest pains.
The lifeboats were at Caldey within six minutes and the all-weather lifeboat went alongside the jetty and dropped off a volunteer crew member along with a Paramedic. They were taken up to the Monastery, where they found the monk in his room.
After being monitored by the Paramedic, it was decided that the Air Ambulance which had been on standby, could be stood down as the casualty’s condition wasn’t life threatening. However, he still needed to be checked over in hospital to find the cause of his pain.
Once he felt comfortable enough, the monk was driven down to the jetty and taken aboard the lifeboat for the short trip back to the lifeboat station where he was met by the ambulance crew to be taken to hospital.