Services - 2002
24th October 2002 - ALB - Press Release
On Thursday 24th October at 7.40pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of 2nd Coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to ferry firefighters to attend a gorse and grassland fire on Ramsey Island.
The lifeboat stood-by while firefighters, 12 in total from St Davids and Haverfordwest, together with an RSPB warden, tackled the fire. Once the fire was extinguished the firefighters were ferried back to the mainland with the lifeboat re-housing at 10.00pm.
Crew: Clive Hayes, David John, Michael Phillips, Roland Bateman, Ian Gray, Neil Thomas, William Chant
Launchers: Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, Nicholas Phillips
11th October 2002 - ALB - Press Release
On Friday 11th October at 9.25am the St Davids lifeboat under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to the aid of a 30ft fishing boat. The vessel 'Mary Ann' with persons on board was in a position approximately 2 miles north of St Davids Head and had suffered total engine failure.
The lifeboat was on scene at 9.50 and immediately secured a towline to the casualty and towed her to a safe anchorage at Abercastle before returning to station and rehousing at 11.40.
Crew: Clive Hayes, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Ian Gray, William Chant, Gillian Gray
25th September 2002 - ALB - Press Release
Crystal Voyager alongside relief lifeboat 'Owen and Anne Aisher'
On Wednesday 25th September at 1.45 pm the St Davids lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray, launched on service to the aid of a motor cruiser which had suffered total engine failure.
The casualty was a 26ft craft called 'Crystal Voyager' with two persons on board and was in a position between Grassholm and Skomer islands. The lifeboat was on scene within 45 minutes, secured a towline to the casualty and proceeded to tow her to Milford Haven Docks.
The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 6.15 pm.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Nicholas Price
23rd September 2002 - ALB - Press Release
On Monday 23rd September at 12.25 am the St Davids lifeboat, under the command of 2nd Coxswain Clive Hayes, launched on service to search for two anglers who were reported to be overdue at their moorings in Milford Haven marina. The two men - one from Haverfordwest and one from Milford Haven - had been fishing three miles off Milford Haven. Their vessel was a 16ft 'Shetland, an open boat with a small cabin, called 'Cindy Jane'.
Angle lifeboat was also launched and a RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor was scrambled. A search of an area of 200 square miles was carried out, and five hours after the initial report the two men were found on the upturned hull of their vessel by a helicopter. The two men were airlifted from their vessel and taken to Withybush Hospital for check-ups. Angle lifeboat recovered their vessel and towed it back to Milford Haven.
St Davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 5.00 am.
Crew: Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Ian Gray, Matt Cox.
28th August 2002 - ALB - Press Release
On Wednesday 28th August at 2.40am the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service following reports that a 14 year old girl, who was missing, may have been in the sea.
Little and Broad Haven ILB was also launched and teams of coastguards from St Davids and Broad Haven were also dispatched, together with police officers. As the St Davids lifeboat entered the search area, the girl was found by the Broad Haven coastguard team.
Lifeboats and coastguard teams were then stood down and returned to their respective stations. St Davids lifeboat re-housed at 3.30am.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Alan Richardson
23rd August 2002 - ILB - Press Release
On Friday 23rd August at 1.50 pm, the St Davids inshore lifeboat 'St David/Dewi Sant' launched on service following reports that two persons were stuck 120 foot up a 150 foot cliff near Solva. A coastguard team from St Davids was also dispatched.
Once coastguards were on scene it was discovered that one male person had managed to climb to safety. The inshore lifeboat stood by while the coastguard team rescued the 14 year old female and lifted her safely to the cliff top. The inshore lifeboat then proceeded back to station and re-housed at 2.30 pm.
Crew: Neil Thomas (Helmsman), Matt Cox, Simon Thornton
16th August 2002 - ALB - Press Release
St Davids Lifeboat prepares to pass the tow to 'Alvista'
On Friday 16th August at 2.15 pm St Davids all-weather lifeboat 'Garside' launched on service under the command of Robin Copley to the aid of the 50ft motor cruiser 'Alvista' which had suffered engine failure approximately one mile west of the South Bishop rock.
The casualty with two adults aboard - a Mr and Mrs Jeffries from Devon - were on passage from Arklow in Southern Ireland to Milford Haven when their craft broke down due to contaminated fuel. The lifeboat took the casualty under tow to the emergency mooring at St Justinians. The lifeboat rehoused at 5.30pm.
Crew: Robin Copley, Michael Phillips, Rowland Bateman, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Alan Richardson.
27th June 2002 - ALB - Press Release
St Davids Lifeboat towing 'Seal Bay' - left from Seal Bay; right from lifeboat
On Thursday 27th June at 12.40 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a local pleasure craft. The passenger vessel 'Seal Bay' owned and operated by Thousand Islands Expeditions had suffered total engine failure while on a pleasure trip. The casualty with ten passengers and two crew were in a position off the north end of Ramsey Island.
The lifeboat secured a tow line to the casualty and towed it to it's moorings at St Justinians. The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 1.35 pm.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Matthew Cox
23rd June 2002 - ALB
At approximately 1640 the crew were paged to join Angle ALB, Angle ILB, RAF Rescue Helicopter 169 and coastguard units from Dale, Wootack Point and Broad Haven in a search for a missing diver. The diver was reported overdue from a RIB which was in the vicinity of St Anns Head.
The diver was located at approximately 1730 by one of the coastguard teams on a beach to the north of St Anns Head and the lifeboat was back at station by 1800.
Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Phillips, Paul Taylor, Robin Copley, Simon Thornton
1st June 2002 - ALB
At approximately 10.30 am, whilst on exercise in the area of the North Bishop rocks, the all-weather lifeboat 'RNLB Garside' was alerted by Milford Haven Coastguard that the passenger boat 'Seal Bay' had reported a fire on board in Ramsey Sound. She was carrying 25 passengers and three crew.
The lifeboat proceeded at full speed, arriving on scene in about 15 minutes - just as the 'Seal Bay' reached the entrance to the harbour on Ramsey Island. Having checked that there was no longer any danger the lifeboat was allowed to return to her exercise.
Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Rowland Bateman, Robin Copley, Ian Gray
6th April 2002 - ALB - Press Release
St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched on service at 2.00am on Saturday 6th April 2002 with Deputy 2nd Coxswain Jeffrey Thompson in command. The lifeboat was requested to search for a 23 year old crewman missing from the Irish Ferries 'Isle of Innishmore' which was on passage from Rosslare to Pembroke Dock.
The lifeboat searched an area around a position 10 miles north west of St Anne's Head near Grassholm Island. Rescue helicopter 169 was also involved in the search which was coordinated by Milford Haven coastguard.
The search was terminated at 7.30am with nothing having been found. The lifeboat returned to station at 8.15am.
Crew: Jeffrey Thompson, Michael Phillips, David John, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Matt Cox
21st March 2002 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Thursday 21st March at 4:50 pm the St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service to the aid of two surfers who were reportedly in difficulties off Newgale beach. Once on scene the inshore lifeboat was forced to negotiate the strong surf to effect the rescue of the surfers (a male and female).
While carrying out the rescue another surfer got into difficulties and he too had to be rescued. The female surfer was in a poor state by this time and had the lifeboat not reached them as soon as they did the outcome could have been worse. They were all brought ashore where paramedics attended to them before conveying them to hospital. Also on scene were the Broad Haven coastguard team. The lifeboats then returned to station and re-housed at 6.10 pm.
Crews: ALB - M Gray, J Thompson, J Martin, P Taylor, R Bateman
ILB - A Thomas, M Phillips
7th January 2002 - ALB - Newspaper Report: County Echo
'Oosthinder' in Milford Docks
A Dutch-registered trawler which got into difficulties some two miles off St Davids Head on Monday night was escorted to shore by St Davids lifeboat.
Following receipt of a may-day message by Milford Haven coastguards, the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched in service to the aid of a trawler which had apparently struck rocks about two miles out to sea. The 38 metre Dutch registered vessel 'Ooshinder' with a crew of six had suffered engine failure and damage its rudder.
Shortly after the lifeboat arrived on scene the trawler managed to get it's engine started, but after consultations with the coastguard the coxswain decided to escort the casualty to the safety of Milford Docks.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Ian Gray