At 5pm on Sunday 9 December as the lifeboat crew children’s Christmas Party was ending, both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch after a report that three ladies were cut off by the incoming tide somewhere between Marros and Amroth.
The casualties had been forced to cut their call to the Coastguard short as their mobile phone battery was about to run out, so the Coastguard didn’t have an exact position for them.
The lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to towards Amroth to begin their search in pitch black conditions and with a large swell running into the rocks.
Despite the low battery, once the casualties spotted the lifeboat in the distance, they turned on their phone’s screen and began waving the phone towards the lifeboat. The volunteer crew on the inshore lifeboat immediately spotted the light and headed for it, closely followed by the all-weather lifeboat.
Once on scene, it was apparent to the lifeboat crew that this would be a difficult rescue due to the heavy swell crashing on the rocks, just feet from where the casualties were precariously perched, so Tenby and St Govans Coastguard Rescue teams were paged in case a rope rescue was required.
With the numerous underwater rocks making it impossible for the all-weather lifeboat to get anywhere near, the bigger vessel illuminated the rocks with floodlights, whilst the inshore lifeboat prepared their anchor to veer down into the rocks through the swell in an attempt to reach the casualties.
As the crew made attempts to get close enough to shore in very tricky conditions, a large wave hit the rocks, washing one of the casualties into the sea. As the casualty struggled in the heavy swell, the helmsman managed to get the lifeboat alongside her and the crew pulled her to safety. She was rushed to the all-weather lifeboat where the crew were waiting to assess and treat her.
On their return to check on the remaining two casualties, the inshore lifeboat crew could only watch as another wave hit the rocks and washed them into the surf. Again, the helmsman managed to get inside the surf line and the crew plucked them to safety, before dropping them aboard the all-weather lifeboat.
With everyone accounted for, the boats returned to station, where the casualties were further assessed and were delighted to be able to take warm showers.
Despite the ferocity of the surf that washed them off the rocks, the ladies were lucky to escape with only a few minor grazes. Once they were warmed up enough and had had a warm drink, they thanked the crew and then made their way home.
Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch at 1.40pm on Tuesday 4 December after a report from the Police that a person was missing in the area of Morfa Bychan beach near Pendine.
lifeboats were quickly on the water and the volunteer crew made best speed to
the scene, some six miles north-east of the station.
As the boats were approaching Morfa Bychan, news came through that the person had been found safe and well.
The lifeboats were stood down and returned to station, arriving at 2.25pm.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat ‘Haydn Miller’ was requested to launch at 8.45pm on Wednesday 28th November, following a report that a vessel had broken free of its moorings in Saundersfoot harbour and was drifting out of the harbour.
thought that the local fishing vessel parted its moorings during a run in the
harbour caused by Storm Diana.
As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, news came through that the vessel had grounded on rocks outside the harbour and sunk. As there was nothing the lifeboat could do, the crew were stood down.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller was launched with Paramedics aboard at 1.20pm on Wednesday 7 November after a monk took ill on Caldey Island.
The lifeboats were soon at Caldey, where the casualty was already waiting on the jetty. After being assessed by the Paramedics, he was taken aboard the Haydn Miller via the inshore lifeboat, for the trip back to Tenby.
Due to the state of the tide at Caldey, there was insufficient water to allow the larger lifeboat alongside the jetty, so the inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist in transporting people to and from the island.
On arrival back at the station at 1.45pm, the monk was taken aboard the ambulance for further checks before being brought to hospital.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 7.45pm on Saturday 29th September after the Coastguard received a call from a group of people cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank off Burry Port.
As the crew were preparing to launch the lifeboat, Burry Port Coastguard mobile, reported they had managed to locate the casualties and were walking them to safety. The lifeboat was stood down and the crew returned home.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 9.40am on Monday 10th September, following a report of an an upturned kayak off Broadhaven.
The volunteer crew made best speed to the area, some eight miles west of the station.
Once on scene, members of St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team were retrieving the kayak from the water. The lifeboat performed a search of the area in case anybody was in difficulty.
Following the search, with nothing untoward found and nobody reported missing, the lifeboat returned to station.
First shout of the day, came shortly before midday on Monday 27th August after a climber fell from a cliff face at Saddle Head, some 12 miles West of Tenby, suffering a suspected broken leg.
The casualty had been assisted by 2 members of his climbing team who had secured him to a ledge on the cliff face and raised the alarm.
The lifeboat made best speed to the scene in rough seas, arriving at the same time as Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187.
Unfortunately, Rescue 187 was unable to provide assistance due to the strong winds and overhang above the casualty position, so the decision was made that Tenby, St Govans and Broad Haven Cliff rescue teams would attempt to rescue him from above. At this point, Tenby’s inshore lifeboat was also requested to launch to provide safety cover from below with it’s increased engine power over the Y Boat in the swell at the base of the cliff.
The cliff rescue teams then sent a rescue technician over the top of the cliff and down to the casualty. Next, the casualty was secured into a rescue stretcher and winched back up the sheer cliff.
Once at the top, he was handed over into the care of the awaiting Ambulance crew.
The lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 8.50am on Thursday 23 August after a person became ill on Caldey Island and needed to be brought to Tenby for treatment.
The lifeboat was soon alongside at Caldey, with the volunteer crew being met by members of the island’s Fire & Rescue Team who had the patient in their vehicle.
The lady was assisted aboard the lifeboat, along with a nurse who lives on the island that had been looking after the her. She was then taken the short journey back to Tenby, where the Paramedics were waiting for her.
Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 5.30pm on Sunday 19th August after a report that two people had been swept out to sea off Burry Holmes. Both Burry Port lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 were also tasked.
As the lifeboat made best speed to the scene, some 16 miles east of Tenby, news came through that the casualties had been rescued by Burry Port lifeboats and were being assessed before being winched into Rescue 187 and flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea for treatment.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched at 5.45pm on Thursday 16th August following a report that a kayak had capsized off Swanlake Bay, leaving two people in the water.
The crew made best speed to the scene, some six miles West of Tenby. Whilst on their way, news came through that both casualties had managed to get to safety, with one swimming ashore and the other climbing a cliff and both were now with the Coastguard.
The lifeboat was tasked to recover the kayak if possible to prevent further calls from concerned members of the public. Once recovered, the kayak was brought ashore at Freshwater East by the lifeboat’s ‘Y Boat’.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station, rehousing at 7.10pm