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.
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.