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:
All-weather lifeboat requested to launch after 2 kayaks are reported in difficulty at Freshwater East. . . . .
At 4.48pm on Saturday 8 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call stating that 2 Kayaks appeared to be I difficulty off Freshwater East. However, as the volunteer crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, the Coastguard received information that the kayaks were now back ashore and no assistance was required. The crew stood down.
At 12:14pm on Fri 7 August, Tenby’s inshore-lifeboat crew were paged after Milford Haven Coastguard received a report of a missing child at Saundersfoot. As the volunteer crew were preparing to launch the boat, a call came through confirming that the child had been found safe and well. The crew stood down.
Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches after 14ft sailing dinghy capsizes behind Caldey in rough seas . . . . .
At approximately 12.46pm on Thurs 6 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call from concerned visitors near the lighthouse on Caldey Island, stating that a small dinghy had capsized in rough seas and the single occupant didn’t seem to be able to right it.
The lifeboat was soon on the water and once they rounded Caldey point, the volunteer crew spotted 2 local fishing boats alongside the upturned dinghy which was about 200 metres south of the Caldey light. The occupant had been picked out of the water by one of the fishing boats whilst the other was in the process of righting the dinghy. The lifeboat went alongside and took the casualty aboard where he was checked over in case he needed medical assistance but luckily, he was fine. His dinghy was then taken in tow by the lifeboat back to Coppet Hall where it had been launched from earlier in the day.
Once there, the ‘Y boat’ was launched to tow the casualty vessel ashore where both it and it’s owner were met by Tenby Coastguards. The lifeboat then returned to station.
Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches after body boarder goes missing in surf off Burry Holmes . . . . .
At 13:28pm on Tuesday 4 August, Tenby’s all weather lifeboat launched following a report that a body boarder had gone missing at Blue Pool, near Burry Holmes – some 15 miles east of Tenby.
The lifeboat was quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed in rough seas to the scene. Burry Port inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist in the search.
Luckily, as the lifeboats were approaching the scene, the casualty was located safe and well on the beach. The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.
At approximately 4:53pm on Sunday 2 August, Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat launched for the second time in the day, this time after 2 Kayaks each with 2 persons aboard were seen to be drifting northwards off Burry Holmes, some 15 miles east of Tenby. The lifeboat launched and headed towards Burry Holmes whilst both Burry Port inshore lifeboats were also being tasked. As the lifeboat was approaching the scene, Rhossili Mobile coastguard unit confirmed that casualties, along with their kayaks were now safe and well ashore. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
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.