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Services - 2004

 

21st December 2004 - ALB - Press Release

On Tuesday 21st December 2004 at 4.10 am the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 19 metre fishing vessel which was on fire in a position approximately eight miles to the west of St Davids.  The casualty - the fishing vessel 'Yves Marie Amil' had three persons onboard.  The skipper / owner Robert Amil (50), his crew, Son Oliver (20) and Wayne Lewis (30).

Following the discovery that they had a fire onboard they transmitted a Mayday message, which was picked up by Milford Haven coastguards.  The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.50 am also on scene was the cross channel ferry 'Isle of Innishmore' who assisted the lifeboat by illuminating the area.  The lifeboat made four runs into the casualty where they were able to rescue all three from the stricken vessel. Coxswain Gray commented "that conditions were not ideal as there were four metre swells with breaking waves.

The lifeboat then returned to station with the casualties onboard who were not injured but very shaken by their ordeal.  After rehousing at 5.50 am, a further request by Milford Haven coastguard to stand-by the casualty as it was a hazard to shipping.  The lifeboat stood-by until 10.35 am when arrangements had been made to dispatch a tug from Fishguard to the scene.  The lifeboat rehoused at 11.20 am.

The Brixham based trawler 'Yves Marie Amil' is pictured above on fire following the rescue of the crew by the St Davids Lifeboat.  Despite efforts to tow her to port she later sank.

Crew (1st launch):  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Robin Copley, Nicholas Phillips

Crew (2nd launch):  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Nicholas Phillips, William Chant, Padrig Rees

Launchers:  H Griffiths, D Griffiths, J Bateman, H Thornton

 

23rd August 2004 - ILB - Press Release

On Monday 23rd August at 2.55 pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat, under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips (station mechanic), launched on service following reports of a female cut off by the tide at Aber Felin near Trefin village.  St Davids coastguards joined the lifeboat on scene.

The coastguards carried out a rescue while being monitored by the lifeboat.  The lifeboat was subsequently released from the incident and returned to station and re-housed at 4.25 pm.

Crew:  Michael Phillips (Helm), David John, Gareth Morris

Launcher Tractor Driver: Paul Taylor

 

14th August 2004 - ALB and ILB - Press Release

At 7.50 pm both the St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service to search for a 14 ft sailing dinghy with one male person in his 30's onboard which was overdue for his return from Whitesands beach.

The all-weather lifeboat discovered the dinghy approximately 1 mile north of St Davids Head.  This was a dinghy which had no engine, radio or flares and had been swept along by the strong tides which run north of Ramsey Sound.  The craft therefore was at the mercy of the sea and very fortunate to have the lifeboat to find him.

The lifeboat secured a towline to the dinghy and towed it back to Whitesands where the tow was passed to the inshore lifeboat to bring him ashore.  Both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 8.30 pm.

Crew ALB:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Huw Thornton, Nicholas Phillips

Crerw ILB: Neil Thomas (Helm), Ffion Rees, Gareth Morris

 

14th August 2004 - ILB - Press Release

On Saturday 14th August at 6.15 pm the St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service following reports of a 12 ft inflatable boat which had suffered engine failure in Caerfai Bay.  The boat had two persons on board, a father and his 15 year old son.  Due to the on-scene wind conditions they were not making any progress rowing.

As the lifeboat arrived on-scene a local pleasure boat 'Mariners Friend' had secured a towline and they made for Porthclais harbour while being monitored by the lifeboat.  The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 6.50 pm.

Crew:  Ian Gray (Helm), Huw Thornton, David Griffiths

 

6th August 2004 - ALB - Press Release

On Friday 6th August at 6.15 pm the St Davids Lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service following reports of two divers missing following a dive to the east of Grassholm Island.  Before the lifeboat reached the incident a message was transmitted that they were safe and well and back on board their dive vessel 'Grace'.

At this time the coastguards released the lifeboat and she returned to station and re-housed at 6.55 pm.

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

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman, Huw Thornton, Nicholas Phillips, Gillian Gray

 

3rd August 2004 - ALB - Press Release

On Tuesday 3rd August at 9.50 pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to the aid of a 24ft cabin cruiser the 'Catania' which had suffered total engine failure due to fuel contamination.  The casualty which was in St Brides Bay had one person on board - a 75 year old gentleman by the name of Mr Doug Fooman.

The ill-fated journey which began in Brixham, Devon and bound for the west coast of Scotland has been full of difficulties during which time he has made the 'acquaintance' of several lifeboat crews.  The lifeboat took the casualty under tow to Neyland marina where repairs will be carried out.

The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 2.10 am.

Crew:  Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, William Chant, Ian Gray, Nicholas Phillips

Launchers:  Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman, Robin Copley

 

2nd August 2004 - ALB and ILB  -  Press Release

On Monday 2nd August at 12.55pm both St David's all weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service following numerous 999 calls to the coastguards reporting a red flare spotted approximately half a mile west of Solva harbour.

The all weather lifeboat was soon on scene where they discovered that two canoeists had managed to get ashore following difficulties being swamped by waves.  One of the canoeists had managed to fire a red flare.  A doctor and a local fisherman, who reported that both were well and did not require any medical assistance, met the canoeists on the shore.

The canoeists managed to paddle out the the all weather lifeboat where they were transferred to the inshore lifeboat that brought them and the doctor and fisherman back to Solva harbour.  Both lifeboats returned to station and re-housed at 2.35 pm.

Pictured above left:  St Davids Lifeboat 'Garside' recovering the two canoes and their occupants.

Pictured above right:  St Davids ILB 'St David / Dewi Sant' transfers the 2 canoes into Solva harbour.

Crew ALB:  Clive Hayes (Coxswain), Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, William Chant, Huw Thornton

Crew ILB:  Simon Thornton (Helmsman), Matt Cox, Gareth Morris

Launchers:  David Griffiths, John Bateman, Nicholas Price

 

5th July 2004 - ILB

The ILB crew were paged at 17.33 but the launch was cancelled before the boat reached the water.

 

13th June 2004 - ALB - Press Release

On Sunday 13th June at 1pm the St Davids lifeboat under the command of 2nd Coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service to the aid of a 55ft fishing vessel 'Cornish Maiden' which had a crew of two onboard in a position some 6 miles north east of the Smalls lighthouse and had suffered total engine failure.

The lifeboat was on scene within the hour and secured a tow line to the casualty and proceeded to tow the vessel to Milford Haven Docks.

The lifeboat returned to station and re-housed at 5.55pm.

 

Pictured above:  The 'Cornish Maiden' in Milford Docks shortly after her arrival under tow by the St Davids Lifeboat.

Crew:  Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Huw Thornton

Launching crew:  David Griffiths, Henry Griffiths, Nicholas Phillips, Neil Thomas