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Services - 2001

 

24th September 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Monday 24th September at 6.35 am the St Davids all-weather lifeboat under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to continue a search for a person who had fallen overboard from the ferry 'Stena Galloway'.  The adult female was reported lost overboard at approximately 11.15 pm on the evening of Sunday 23rd.

A full scale search developed with Fishguard and Rosslare lifeboats launched, two helicopters scrambled, one from RAF Valley and one from Dublin together with the ferry and it's fast inflatable RIB which had been deployed.  The search continued throughout the night with St Davids lifeboat joining them at first light.  The ferry berthed at Fishguard at 9.00 am with the lifeboats continuing to search until it was decided to terminate at 10.00 am with nothing found.  All lifeboats returned to their stations by 11.30 am.

Crew:  Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, David Griffiths, William Chant, Robin Copley

 

22nd September 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Saturday 22nd September at 11.25 pm following a Mayday relay received by Dublin coastguards from a yacht which was sinking, St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service.  The yacht 'Solitude' a 10 metre vessel with two persons on board, which was on passage from Neyland marina to Kilmore Quay in Southern Ireland, was in a position approximately 28 miles from the lifeboat station in an area north west of the Smalls lighthouse.

Rosslare lifeboat which also launched was returned to station shortly after launching when her services were not required.  The yacht sank fairly quickly and the casualties managed to get into their liferaft.  A cargo vessel 'Zuse' which had spotted red flares proceeded to the area and picked up the casualties from their liferaft.  A RAF rescue helicopter which had been scrambled from Chivenor was tasked to proceed to the 'Zuse' and winch the casualties aboard to convey them to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest for a checkup.

St Davids lifeboat was at this time told to keep proceeding to the incident until such time that the winching had been completed.  St Davids lifeboat was 15 minutes from it's target when it was informed that no further assistance was required and to return to station.  Dublin and Milford Haven coastguards coordinated this service.  The lifeboat rehoused at 1.20 am.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Robin Copley

 

21st September 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Friday 21st September at 6.50 pm the St Davids all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of the 32 ft steel sloop 'Ehcareon' which was on passage from Fishguard to Milford Haven and had suffered a break in it's gearbox shaft coupling.  On board the casualty which was off Dinas Fawr near Solva were husband and wife Mr and Mrs Jeremy Menage from Stockton in Warwickshire.

The sloop was becalmed and requested assistance in entering Solva harbour to carry out repairs.  There was insufficient water in the harbour at the time to take the casualty in, so there was a delay as they waited for the tide.  The lifeboat eventually towed the casualty in before returning to station and rehousing at 9.10 pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Ian Gray

 

30th August 2001 - ALB - Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Curuchan' sinking with St Davids Lifeboat standing-by.

On Thursday 30th August at 12.15pm following a 'Mayday' transmission received by Milford Haven coastguards the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service.  The casualty a 47 foot yacht 'Curachan' with it's owner/yachtsman Mr John Butterworth onboard was approximately five files north west of St Davids Head in an area known as the Bais Bank.

The yacht had hit a submerged object, believed to have been a rock, and was severely holed and was taking in water rapidly.  Once on scene the yachtsman was taken aboard the lifeboat while one of the lifeboat crew went on board the casualty to assess the damage to see if the yacht could be saved.  Unfortunately the damage was so severe that nothing could be done to save her.

The yacht, which Mr Butterworth had owned for ten years, was built in 1949 and was his pride and joy having sailed to many places only recently returned from the Azores.  The lifeboat returned to station at 1.40pm where Mr Butterworth was able to change out of his wet clothes into dry ones supplied by the coxswain Malcolm Gray who took him home for refreshments and warmth.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Alan Richardson, Matt Cox, Robin Copley

 

30th August 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Thursday 30th August at 11.35 am St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Jestyn Martin launched on service following reports of a twelve foot inflatable dinghy with three persons on board in difficulties off Porthlyski beach.  The inflatable with one adult and two teenagers on board had suffered engine failure.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and monitored the casualty making it's way ashore by themselves.  Once they were ashore the lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 12.00 midday.

Crew:  Jestyn Martin, Alan Richardson, Matt Cox

 

20th August 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Monday 20th August at 8.25pm the St Davids Lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launcged on service to the aid of a coaster which had sufferred engine failure and was drifting.  The 1500 tonne coaster 'Kapten' with eleven persons on board was approximately one mile south of the Smalls lighthouse.

Shortly after the lifeboat had launched a message was received from Milford Haven coastguards stating that the coaster had managed to drop anchor and was not in any danger.  The coaster then awaited the arrival of a tug and the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 8.50pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Robin Copley.

 

17th August 2001 - ALB and ILB - Press Release

On Friday 17th August at 5.35pm both St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats with coxswain Malcolm Gray and helmsman Robin Copley in charge respectively, launched in service following reports of five boys in difficulties in the sea off Caerfai beach.  These boys had gone out in a rubber inflatable which punctured and deflated.

Although both lifeboats were soon on scene, one boy had been able to make his way safely ashore, the other four were rescued by a local passenger boat, two were taken out of the water and two were on the rocks.  The boys were then taken ashore where they were greeted by local coastguard Station Officer Tony Pearce.  Both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 6.16pm.

Crew:    ALB  -  Malcolm Gray, David John, Jestyn Martin, Roland Batemen, David Griffiths.

               ILB  -  Robin Copley, Simon Thornton, William Chant

 

2nd August 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Thursday 2nd August at 10.00am the St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service under the command of station mechanic Michael Phillips to the aid of a 73 year old male volunteer warden on Ramsey Island who had suffered an accident.  On board the lifeboat apart from the crew were local GP Dr Sara Hamilton and coastguard Station Officer Tony Pearce.

Once on scene it was discovered that the casualty had been trying to manouvre a quad bike on top of the harbour wall, but had put the machine into the wrong gear sending over the edge of the wall down a 30ft drop into the sea.  The casualty had suffered arm, chest and spinal injuries and it was decided to make a  helicopter evacuation.

The helicopter which had been scrambled from RAF Chivenor came on scene and winched the casualty on board together with the Doctor and proceeded to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.  The lifeboat stood by while this took place before returning to station and rehousing at 12.45pm.

Crew:  Michael Phillips, David Griffiths, Alan Kerr

 

1st August 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Wednesday 1st August at 11.35am the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Jestyn Martin launched on service to the aid of an adult male who collapsed with a suspected heart attack on  Porth Melgan beach.  Whilst on route the lifeboat came ashore at Whitesands beach to pick up the local GP Dr Sara Hamilton and coastguard Station Officer Tony Pearce and convey them to the incident.

Once on scene Dr Hamilton attended to the casualty who had been attended to by two beach lifeguards and coastguard Preseli Sector Officer Barry Scott.  Unfortunately the casualty could not be resusitated and died at the scene.  The inshore lifeboat then conveyed the casualty back to Whitesands to an awaiting ambulance.  The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 12.45pm.

Crew:  Jestyn Martin, Alan Richardson, Matt Cox

 

31st July 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Tuesday 31st July at 4.35pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton, launched on service to reports of three persons on boogey boards in difficulties off Caerfai beach.  Once on scene the crew established that the three adults (two females and one male) were all fine and that assistance was not required.  The lifeboat then returned to station and rehoused at 5.15pm.  This incident is being treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Crew:  Simon Thornton, Alan Richardson, Alan Kerr

 

28th July 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Saturday 28th July at 3.20pm the St Davids Tyne class lifeboat rescued the crew and yacht 'Graculus' which had suffered engine failure and was becalmed in Whitesands Bay.  The yacht which was 27 foot in length had two persons on board - husband and wife Mr and Mrs Steve Foster from Worcestershire and were on passage from Fishguard to Solva.

The lifeboat passed a towline to the casualty and took her under tow to Solva Harbour.  The incident took two hours complete with the lifeboat returning to station and rehousing at 5.30pm.

Crew:  Jeffrey Thompson, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman and Neil Thomas.

 

9th July 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Sunday 8th July at 9.50pm following a 999 call made by a member of the public to Milford Haven coastguards that red flares had been spotted in Ramsey Sound area, St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service.

The lifeboat made it's way to the Bitches where they found four male persons in kayaks.  One of the kayakers, a 17 year old Mr D Holland, was suffering from consuming a large amount of sea water and was in a very poor condition.

The lifeboat took the casualty aboard and returned him to the lifeboat station where he received first aid by other lifeboat crew members.  Local GP and station medical advisor Dr Sara Hamilton was summoned to attend to the casualty and following an examination he was transported to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest via ambulance.

The lifeboat escorted the remaining kayakers back to the lifeboat station, also in attendance were the local coastguard team.  All of the kayakers were from the Carmarthen area.

Crew:  Simon Thornton, Neil Thomas, Matt Cox

 

25th June 2001 - ALB/ILB - Newspaper Article (The County Echo 29/6/01)

Concerns that two St Davids kayakers might be in trouble at the weekend were in the event proved unfounded.  Mr John-Paul Eatick and his wife Sophie from St Davids together with their dog had paddled out to the North Bishop but on their way back were forced to land on the west side of Ramsey Island.

The couple only had a mobile telephone and because of a bad signal were unable to contact anybody until they had climbed up the cliff face on Ramsey.  Once on the island they were able to make contact and state that they were safe and well, a call which came slightly later than the time they had intimated to their friends that it might be sent.

Meanwhile the two St Davids lifeboats, the Garside and the inshore lifeboat, had been launched to look for them but in the event were not needed to rescue them.  But the Garside did later assist the couple in recovering their kayaks.  The callout was co-ordinated by Milford Haven coastguards with Station Officer Tony Pierce assisting on shore from St Davids.

Crew:  ALB - Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Ian Gray

Crew:  ILB - Robin Copley, Neil Thomas, Nicholas Price

 

17th June 2001 - ALB / ILB - Press Release

On Sunday 17th June at 2pm both St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on exericse to the St Brides Bay area.  A planned exercise had been arranged between the lifeboats and a RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from Chivenor, but before the exercise had begun a real emergency had developed.

A May-day message was transmitted from what appeared to be a diving vessel and Milford Haven coastguards instigated a search.  St Davids lifeboats together with the helicopter made a thorough search of the area but nothing was found.  The incident is being treated as a possible hoax call.

Crew:  (ALB) Jeffrey Thompson, Michael Phillips, David John, Roland Bateman, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Simon Thornton, Matt Cox and Honorary Secretary Jeffrey Davies.

Crew:  (ILB) Robin Copley, Nicholas Price, William Chant, Ian Gray

 

14th June 2001 - ALB - Press Release

While returning to station at 2.40pm the all-weather lifeboat was called to the Stack Rocks area in St Brides Bay following what appeared to be a May-day call received by a member of the public.  An intensive search of the area was carried out by St Davids lifeboat, Little Haven inshore lifeboat, a RAF Sea King helicopter and a local coastguard team with nothing found.  This incident is being treated as a possible hoax call.

St Davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 4.45 pm.

Crew: (ALB) Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Nicholas Price

 

14th June 2001 - ALB / ILB - Press Release

On Thursday 14th June at 1.40pm both St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service to an area off Abereiddi beach to search for a missing diver.  The call had been relayed to the coastguards via the fishing vessel 'Little Mo' which was in the area.

The diver, a Dr Steve Kay from Tegryn, was later found safe and well having been able to swim ashore.  On his dive boat was his son Mr Richard Kay, they then made their way into Porthgain harbour.

St Davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 4.45 pm.

Crew: (ALB) Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Nicholas Price

Crew: (ILB) William Chant, Matt Cox, Ian Gray

 

13th June 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Wednesday 13th June at 5pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 23ft motor cruiser "Wasine" which was in difficulties and taking in water.  The casualty which had 4 persons on board had reported her position as south of Skomer Island when in fact it was north of the island.  

A major rescue operation commenced which also involved the Angle Lifeboat and the warship HMS Kent.  The 'Wasine' was finally taken under tow by Angle Lifeboat to the safety of Dale beach.  The St davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 6.45pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Paul Taylor, Simon Thornton, Nicholas Price

(A picture from this rescue appeared in the Winter 2001/2002 Lifeboat Journal, p.23)

 

26th May 2001

Crew members Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor and Huw Thornton plus ex-mechanic John Bateman assisted a man taken ill on the lifeboat slipway upon his return from a cruise around Ramsey Island.  He was made comfortable until the arrival of Dr Grimshaw and an ambulance which conveyed him to Withybush Hospital.

 

28th April 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Saturday 28th April at 3.30pm the St Davids Lifeboat 'Garside' under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray, launched on service to the aid of a 5 m Avon inflatable boat which had suffered engine failure off Stack Rocks in St Brides Bay.  Onboard the casualty were six adults (three male and three female) who were members of the Underwater Diving Club from the University of Bristol, none of which were injured.

Little and Broad Haven inshore lifeboat who also proceeded to this incident, had to return to station due to sea conditions.

St Davids lifeboat managed to secure a tow line to the casualty and tow them to the safety of Martins Haven.  The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 5.35pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley.

 

22nd April 2001 - ALB

St Davids lifeboat joined Angle lifeboat and Little Haven inshore lifeboat last Sunday afternoon after a husband and wife canoe crew got into difficulties in the Skomer Island area.  The woman managed to scramble ashore on Musselwick sands and local coastguards assisted her husband, who was suffering from hypothermia, to the top of the cliff.  He was conveyed to Withybush Hospital by the air ambulance.  The St Davids lifeboat later recovered the canoe.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Nicholas Price

 

13th April 2001 - ILB - Press Release

On Friday 13th April at 3.45 pm, following a request by Milford Haven coastguards, the St Davids inshore lifeboat with mechanic Michael Phillips in charge launched on service to the aid of a person who had fallen approximately forty foot down a cliff at Caerfai Bay.  A coastguard team from St Davids and the Air Ambulance from Swansea were also dispatched to the scene.

Once at the scene the inshore lifeboat was instructed to standby by the local coastguards while they arranged a medical evacuation by helicopter.  Following the arrival of the helicopter the paramedics carried out an examination of the casualty prior to conveyance to Withybush Hospital.

The inshore lifeboat returned to station and rehoused and 5.10 pm.  The casualty was a 28 year old Mr R Whiley from Stockbridge.

Crew:  Michael Phillips, Nicholas Price and Simon Thornton

 

26th February 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Monday 26th February at 4.25 am following a request by Milford Haven coastguards the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to search an area 14 miles north west of St Davids Head.  Milford Haven coastguards had received an emergency satellite radio distress signal from this area.

Following a thorough search carried out by the lifeboat, a RAF helicopter from Chivenor and the ferry 'Koningan Beatrix' the search was terminated at 6.50 am with nothing found.  The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 8.05 am.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Alan Richardson

 

21st January 2001 - ALB - Press Release

On Friday 19th January at 3.20pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 20 metre French trawler 'Tritonia'. The casualty, which had a crew of five French nationals onboard was disabled fifteen miles west of the South Bishop rock in the separation zone with her nets around her propeller.

The lifeboat connected a line and proceeded to tow the one hundred ton trawler thirty five miles to Milford Haven Docks. The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 3.00am on Saturday almost twelve hours from the time of call.

Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Cindy Pearce, Alan Richardson