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Services - 2000

 

Services from 30th July until 31st December 2000

 

1st December 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Friday 1st December at 0830 the St Davids Lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of the cross channel ferry 'Isle of Innisfree' which had suffered engine failure off Skokholm Island. The ferry which was on passage from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare in Ireland had 130 passengers and 83 crew, managed to anchor while repairs were carried out.

St Davids lifeboat, Angle lifeboat and a RAF helicopter 'Rescue 169' from Chivenor in Devon stood by while repairs were carried out which took approximately 3 hours. The ferry was then able to continue her passage to Ireland. St Davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 1pm.

Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jeffrey Thompson, David John, Robin Copley, Alan Richardson

27th November 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Sunday 26th November at 1.25pm following a request by Milford Haven coastguards the St Davids lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of the fishing vessel 'Magnum' which was dragging its mooring and was in danger of breaking up on rocks at St Justinian. The casualty did not have anyone on board at the time and the coastguards feared that there would have been a pollution incident had it broken up on the rocks.

The lifeboat managed to get a towline onto the casualty and because of the weather conditions it was decided following consultations with the coastguards that it be towed to a safe anchorage at Fishguard harbour. The lifeboat returned to station and was rehoused at 7.25pm.

Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, David John, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Cindy Pearce, William Chant

5th November 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Sunday 5th November at 12.06pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of deputy 2nd Coxswain Jeffrey Thompson launched on service to rescue a 32 year old male wind surfer who had got into difficulties approximately one mile off Whitesands beach. Two adult males on kayaks who were on the beach at the time on seeing the windsurfer in difficulties also went to his aid.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and rescued the windsurfer, the lifeboat then picked up the two persons on kayaks to prevent them also getting into difficulties. They were all returned to the lifeboat station and examined by paramedics before being allowed to return home. The lifeboat was rehoused at 12.40pm.

Crew: Jeffrey Thompson, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Nicholas Price

15th October 2000 - ILB - Press Release

On Sunday 15th October at 10.35am the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Robin Copley launched on service to recover a body reported in the water off Porthgain. The lifeboat recovered the unidentified body which was handed over to the Police at Porthgain harbour. The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 12 noon.

Crew: Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Price

29th September 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Thursday 28th September at 7.15pm the St Davids lifeboat 'Garside' under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service into a gale fore 8 to the aid of the rigid inflatable pleasure craft 'Atlantic Eagle' which had capsized one mile south of the lifeboat station throwing the passengers and crew into the water.

The 'Atlantic Eagle' with skipper Piers Thurston and one crew member had twelve passengers onboard, fortunately the company Thousand Islands Expeditions other craft 'Storm Raven' was in the vicinity and was able to rescue the casualties and return them to the lifeboat station. They were examined by paramedics and no injuries were reported, all were allowed to return home.

In the meantime as the 'Atlantic Eagle' which was still upside down and drifting and could have been a danger to shipping, it was decided that the lifeboat tow the casualty to a safe anchorage, becasue of the sea conditions and tides they took her to Porthgain harbour. The lifeboat returned to station at 10.30pm, but such were sea conditions the lifeboat was unable to rehouse until 11.50pm.

Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Neil Thomas, Nicholas Price, Simon Thornton

25th September 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Sunday 24th September at 2.05pm the St Davids lifeboat 'Garside' under the command of deputy 2nd Coxswain David John launched on service to the aid of a 80 year old female from the Goodwick area who was taken ill on Ramsey Island. Onboard the lifeboat was station honorary medical advisor Dr Sara Hamilton who went onto the island along with crew members Jestyn Martin and Neil Thomas to treat the casualty.

The decision was made to a medical evacuation by helicopter 'Rescue 170' from Chivenor who transferred the casualty to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. Also taking part in this service was a local coastguard team and the Thousand Islands RIB 'Atlantic Eagle' crewed by Mr Tim Brooks who ferried two paramedics to the scene. The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 4.10pm

Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Ken Broaders, Neil Thomas, Nicholas Price

 

11th August 2000 - ILB - Press Release

On Thursday 10th August at 4.05pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service under the command of helmsman Jestyn Martin to the aid of a family of four who were reportedly cut off by the tide at Caerfai beach. Whilst the lifeboat was proceeding to the incident the call was cancelled as the family were safe and well. This incident was a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 4.20pm.

Crew: Jestyn Martin, Simon Thornton, Nicholas Price

9th August 2000 - ALB - Press Release

On Tuesday 8th August at 3.05pm the St Davids lifeboat 'Garside' launched on service under the command of Coxswain Mailcolm Gray following a 'mayday' transmission received by Milford Haven coastguards. The lifeboat was tasked to carry out a visual and radar search from St Davids Head to Strumble Head lighthouse. The Fishguard lifeboat was also involved in this search which resulted in a negative result. Both boats returned to their stations at 6.20pm.

Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Ken Broaders, Roland Bateman, Jestyn Martin

30th July 2000 - ILB - Press Release

On Sunday 30th July at 15.10 the St Davids inshore lifeboat launched launched on service to reports of a person fallen on the cliff at the Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 15.30 but was not required. A local coastguard team was also involved. The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 16.10. The incident was co-ordinated by Milford Haven coastguards.

Crew: Neil Thomas, Simon Thornton, William Chant