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Services - 2003

 

17th December 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Wednesday 17th December at 1.25 pm the St Davids lifeboat, under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray, launched on service to the aid of a 25 ft fishing vessel which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty 'Colleen' had two persons on board, skipper/owner Mr RV Jones (Porthgain) and his mate, were in the Ramsey Sound area.

The lifeboat was on scene in minutes and secured a towline and towed the casualty to it's moorings at St Justinians.  The lifeboat re-housed at 2.05 pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Ian Gray, Matt Cox, Simon Thornton

Launchers:  David Griffiths, Michael Phillips, John Bateman, William Chant, Les James

 

8th October 2003 - ALB and ILB - False Alarm

St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboat crews were paged at 11.56 am to assist a canoeist reported to be in difficulties in Whitesands Bay.  The call was cancelled by the coastguard before either boat launched because assistance was no longer required.

 

24th September 2003 - ALB - False Alarm

St Davids all weather lifeboat crew were paged at 11.18 am to assist a fishing vessel with engine problems near Abereiddi.  However, the call was cancelled before the lifeboat launched as another fishing boat was able to provide assistance.

 

22nd September 2003 - ILB - Press Release

On Monday 22nd September at 2.20 pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton launched on service following a report from a member of the public of a possibility of a body in the water half a mile to the south of the lifeboat station.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene and discovered that the pleasure boat 'Charlotte Rose' had broken from it's moorings and had drifted onto rocks and sank.  The lifeboat commenced a search of the area before it was confirmed that nobody had been on board the casualty.  The lifeboat continued to recoved lifejackets, rafts and debris before returning to station and re-housing at 3.00 pm.

Crew:  Simon Thornton, Huw Thornton, Matt Cox

 

13th September 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Saturday 13th September at 10.20 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to the aid of a 17ft sailing boat which was giving concern to coastguards.  The vessel was on passage from Cardigan to Angle (Milford Haven) had Mr Hope from Newport and his 2 dogs on board.  The casualty had no flares or navigation lights and a hand held VHF radio, which was transmitting very poorly, plus basic navigation aids which meant he was unsure of his position.

He was eventually found 7 miles north of St Davids Head and because his outboard engine was only giving him a speed of one knot, the lifeboat passed a towline and took him undertow back to the emergency moorings at St Justinian.  The tow was a slow process and the lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 1.05 am.

Crew:  Clive Hayes, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Robin Copley, Neil Thomas, Nicholas Phillips

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, Huw Thornton, Ffion Rees

 

6th September 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Saturday 6th September at 2.10pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service following reports of two canoeists in difficulties in a position between Whitesands and St Davids Head.  The lifeboat was soon on scene where they discovered that the two canoeists and their canoe were on the rocks.

Lifeboat crewmember Neil Thomas entered the water and swam to the casualties and assisted them both to the deck of the lifeboat, he also recovered their canoe.  The lifeboat conveyed the casualties back to Porth Melgan beach where local coastguards met them.  The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 3.05 pm.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Matt Cox

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, Clive Hayes, Simon Thornton

 

15th August 2003 - ILB - Press Release

On Friday 15th August at 2.40 pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of station mechanic Michael Phillips launched on service to the aid of a 19 year old male who was in difficulties on the cliff face close to the lifeboat station at St Justinian.  The climber, who was from the Surrey area, was three quarters of the way up the cliff face and was unable to move.  The lifeboat was launched as a precaution in case there was a need to make the rescue using sea evacuation.

The local coastguard team was dispatched and was soon on scene where they carried out the rescue by lowering a coastguard down the cliff and bringing the climber to the top of the cliff.  A rescue helicopter was also scrambled but fortunately was not required.  Whilst the rescue took place, the inshore lifeboat stood by and monitored the situation.  The lifeboat re-housed at 3.10 pm

Crew:  Michael Phillips, Nicholas Phillips, Huw Thornton

 

14th August 2003 - ILB - Press Release

On Thursday 14th August at 5.30pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman William Chant launched on service to reports of a person in difficulties on the cliff face between Porthclais Harbour and St Non's Chapel.  This incident was reported to the coastguards via the police and a local coastguard team was also dispatched.

Within 5 minutes of the launch of the lifeboat a message came from the police that the person in difficulty, with the help of a member of the public, had managed to get to safety.  The lifeboat and coastguard teams were instructed to return to their home stations.  This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Crew:  William Chant, Nicholas Phillips, Huw Thornton

Tractor driver:  Simon Thornton

 

10th August 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Sunday 10th August at 11:58 am the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of the rigid hulled inflatable vessel 'Viking Challenger' which had an injured passenger onboard and was in a position 2 miles north west of Grasshlom Island.

The casualty, a 54 year old female from the Watford area, had suffered a suspected lower back injury.  The two crew members and a passenger on the inflatable were also members of the lifeboat crew and they administered first aid until the arrival of the lifeboat.  The lifeboat was on scene at 12:40 pm and evacuated the casualty onto the lifeboat for the return journey to St Justinian.

The lifeboat made a slow return to the station (for the casualty's comfort) where the station's Honorary Medical Advisor (HMA) Dr Sara Hamilton was there to meet her to administer medical care before being transferred to Withybush Hospital via ambulance.

A local coastguard team assisted in carrying the casualty up the lifeboat station steps to a waiting ambulance.  A further nine persons from the 'Viking Challenger' were treated by the Doctor at the station for cold, wet and exhaustion, they were also given hot drinks by station personnel.  The lifeboat re-housed at 2:15 pm.

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

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman, William Chant, Huw Thornton, Nicholas Price

 

18th July 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Friday 18th July at 9.15 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to a report that red flares had been seen in a position near to Porthgain harbour.  The lifeboat arrived on scene within 15 minutes and a thorough search of the area was made without anything being found.  The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 10.25 pm.  This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Ian Gray

 

18th July 2003 - ILB - Press Release

Whilst the above incident was on-going at 9.45 pm the inshore lifeboat was launched under the command of helmsman Nicholas Phillips following reports to the coastguards that three people were cut off by the tide at Porth Melgan point near Whitesands.  The lifeboat was quickly on scene where they discovered that the three persons were actually fishing and were safe and well.  The ILB rehoused at 10.25 pm.  This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Crew:  Nicholas Phillips, Huw Thornton, David Griffiths

 

13th July 2003 - ALB and ILB - Press Release

On Sunday 13th July at 7.30 pm the St Davids all weather and inshore lifeboats under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray and helmsman Neil Thomas launched on service to assist in a search for a 14 ft open boat with 3 persons on board, which was overdue from Little Haven.

The search which also involved Little Haven inshore lifeboat along with three coastguard teams.  Both lifeboats were 10 minutes into their journey to the search area when the call came that the casualty had been found by a pleasure craft and was being towed back to Little Haven.  All search teams were stood down and returned to their stations.

ALB Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Price, Ffion Rees

ILB Crew:  Neil Thomas, Nicholas Phillips, Huw Thornton

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman, Gethin Bateman

 

28th June 2003 - ALB and ILB - Press Release

On Saturday 28th June at 4.05 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 68 year old female visitor who had suffered a suspected broken ankle and bruised ribs following a fall on Ramsey Island.  Whilst en route to the casualty the coxswain requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat in case it was required due to the state of the tide.

Four lifeboat crew members went ashore and administered first aid and carried the casualty on a stretcher back to the all-weather lifeboat for the return trip to the lifeboat station.  Once back at the station the lifeboat crew carried the patient up the steps to a waiting ambulance and was transported to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.  The lifeboat rehoused at 4.50 pm.

Crew - ALB:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Matt Cox

Crew - ILB:  William Chant (Helm), Nicholas Phillips, Huw Thornton

 

17th June 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Tuesday 17th June at 2.15 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to the aid of a 28 ft fishing boat that had lost the use of it's rudder.  The casualty 'Mizpah' which operates out of Solva was in a position 1 mile west of Skomer Island and had one person onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene within 35 minutes and quickly secured a towline.  The casualty was then taken under tow to a safe anchorage in South Haven, Skomer.  The casualty requested to be taken to Dale Sailing in Neyland and the pleasure vessel 'Overdale' agreed to tow them, so releasing the lifeboat to return to station.  The lifeboat re-housed at 4.45 pm.

Crew:  Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Robin Copley, Paul Taylor, William Chant, Matt Cox

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, Huw Thornton, Les James, John Bateman

 

15th June 2003 - ALB - Press Release

St Davids Lifeboat brings 'Zanzibar' into Milford Docks

On Sunday 15th June at 2.55 am the St Davids lifeboat launched on service to the aid of a 24 ft yacht which had suffered total engine failure near the Smalls lighthouse.  The yacht 'Zanzibar' with 2 persons onboard feared that it was drifting onto the Hats and Barrels rocks and transmitted a Mayday which was received by Milford Haven coastguards.

The warship 'Echo' which was also in the area stood by until the arrival of the lifeboat.  Once on scene at 3.45 am the lifeboat secured a towline to the casualty and took them undertow into Milford Haven docks.

The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 7.30 am.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray (Coxswain), Clive Hayes, David John, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Ian Gray, Nicholas Phillips

 

12th June 2003 - ALB - Press Release

On Thursday 12th June at 5.15 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 35 ft pleasure boat 'Seal Bay' which had suffered total engine failure due to a fuel blockage.  The casualty had 12 passengers plus a crew of 2 onboard and was on the west side of Ramsey Island.

The lifeboat was on scene within 15 minutes and quickly secured a tow line and took the casualty under tow back to it's moorings at St Justinians.  The lifeboat took the passengers off the casualty and brought them ashore.  She rehoused at 6.30 pm approximately.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Simon Thornton

Launchers:  Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, David Griffiths, Nicholas Phillips, William Chant, Les James

 

10th June 2003 - ALB - Press Release  (TWO LAUNCHES)

Above:  St Davids lifeboat towing 'Pieterje' into Milford Docks.  

(Picture courtesy of Daniel Adams  www.digitaldan.co.uk  - with thanks)

On Tuesday 10th June at 3.10 am the St Davids lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 26 metre fishing vessel 'Pieterje' which had suffered total power failure and was reportedly drifting into a shipping lane and were unable to show any fishing lights.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.20 am together with Angle lifeboat.  There was a problem as the casualty had all her fishing gear out and was unable to recover it because they had no power.  As there was no tug available, another trawler the 'Zuiderzee' which was in the area, offered to assist as it had the capacity to pull the redundant fishing gear aboard.

At this time the St Davids lifeboat was not required and told to return to station where they re-housed at 8.00 am.

Following numerous failed attempts by the 'Zuiderzee' to tow the casualty the St Davids lifeboat re-launched at 9.55 am to proceed to the incident.  Once they arrived on scene the St Davids lifeboat secured a tow line and took the casualty under tow into Milford Haven docks while being escorted by Angle lifeboat.

'Pieterje' at Milford Docks with St Davids (nearest) and Angle Lifeboats

The St Davids lifeboat re-housed at 10.20 pm.

Crew (0310 launch):  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray

Crew (0955 launch):  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, Simon Thornton, Huw Thornton

 

27th May 2003 - ILB - Press Release

On Tuesday 27th May at 4.25 pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Robin Copley launched on service to commence a search for a missing 11 year old boy.

At 4.00 pm a woman visitor who was camping at Caerfai reported that her 11 year old son had been missing since 11.00 am.  The police were informed and a search was instigated involving police, a local coastguard team together with the inshore lifeboat.

At 4.15 pm a farm worker from Caerfai, knowing that this boy was missing, found him coming out of a shop in St Davids.  This was quickly reported to the police who then reunited the boy with his mother.

Search teams were then stood down, and with everyone returning to their home stations, the lifeboat rehoused at 4.40 pm.

Crew:  Robin Copley (Helm), William Chant, Matt Cox

 

19th May 2003 - ALB - Press Release

St Davids lifeboat with the 'Shearwater' in tow.

On Monday 19th May at 9.40 am the St Davids Lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of the RSPB vessel 'Shearwater' with the Ramsey Island warden on board.  The casualty had suffered total engine failure in a position near St John's Point between the lifeboat station and Whitesands beach.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and took the casualty under tow back to a safe anchorage at St Justinians.  The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 10.30 am.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Neil Thomas, Huw Thornton and Ffion Rees.

Launching crew:  David Griffiths, Ian Gray, Paul Taylor, Matt Cox, Simon Thornton

 

4th April 2003 - ALB and ILB

 The St Davids Lifeboats 'Garside' and 'Dewi Sant/St David' were on exercise in Ramsey Sound at 7.45pm on the 4th April when they were requested by Milford Haven coastguard to proceed to Caerfai Bay.  A member of the public had reported an object in the water.  The lifeboats assisted the police and St Davids Mobile coastguard unit to search the area, though nothing was found.

ALB Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Paul Taylor, Ian Gray, Huw Thornton, Ffion Rees

ILB Crew:  Paul Eastment (RNLI Training Assessor), Gillian Gray, Nicholas Phillips

 

24th March 2003 - ILB - Press Release

On Monday 24th March at 11.45am following reports that three persons were cut off by the tide in an area below St Nons Chapel, the St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service to their aid.  The lifeboat was on scene within 15 minutes where they discovered that these persons were from Twr-y-Felin adventure centre in St Davids and were in fact coasteering and did not require any assistance.

On-scene co-ordinator was Station Officer Tony Pearce (St Davids Coastguards).  The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 12.20pm.  The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.

Crew:  William Chant (helmsman), Matt Cox, Gillian Gray

 

12th January 2003 - ALB - Press Release

MFV Colleen

On Sunday 12th January at 3.25pm the St Davids all weather lifeboat, under the command of Deputy 2nd Coxswain David John, launched on service to the aid of a fishing boat.  The casualty, the 25ft vessel 'Colleen' with two male persons onboard was in a position approximately half a mile from the station near Carn-ar-Wig bay.  The vessel had suffered a fouled propeller and was in danger of going onto the rocks.

The lifeboat secured a towline to the casualty and towed her back to her anchorage at St Justinian.  The two on board were the skipper/owner Mr R Jones and his mate from Porthgain.  The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 4.00pm.

Crew:  David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Neil Thomas, Ian Gray, Nicholas Phillips

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, Huw Thornton, Les James