Services - 2005
4th November 2005 - ALB - Press Release
On the 4th of November 2005 at 2:47 am, the St Davidís all weather lifeboat was launched in gale force winds to standby the tanker Stella Rigel, which had lost power and was dragging itís anchor near the Smallís lighthouse. At itís closest, the tanker was just 4 cables off the rocks. At approximately 5 am, RAF helicopter Rescue 169 was tasked to airlift 7 of the 11 crew off, leaving 4 people onboard. The crewmen airlifted to safety were then delivered into the safety of St Davidís Auxiliary coastguard via the St Davidís Rugby pitch.
The tug 'Anglegarth' then attached a tow and proceeded to tow the stranded vessel to Milford Haven. The St Davidís Lifeboat was stood down at approximately 6:30 am and re-housed at approximately 7:30 am.
A picture of the 'Stella Rigel' is available here ...
Crew: M.Gray, M.Phillips, D.John, R.Copley, I.Gray, P.Rees, G.Morris
3rd November 2005 - ALB
St Davids all-weather lifeboat crew were paged at 17:50 to assist Broad Haven coastguard locate a windsurfer reported in difficulties at Nolton Haven. However, as the crew boarded the lifeboat they were stood-down as the windsurfer had been located.
2nd October 2005 - ILB - Press Release
On Sunday, the 2nd of October at 11:10am the St Davidís inshore lifeboat launched on service to assist in the recovery of body at the foot of the cliff at Caerfai beach. The inshore crew, along with three members of the St Davidís auxiliary coastguards, recovered the body on to the ILB and then transported it to Porthclais harbour where it was handed over to the police. The inshore lifeboat then returned to station, and re-housed at 12:20pm.
Crew: Neil Thomas, Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Phillips
1st October 2005 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday 1st October at 19:48 the St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboat crews were paged to assist three surfers in difficulties at Whitesands beach. As the lifeboats were being launched word came from the coastguard that the three people had reached safety and the lifeboats crews stood-down.
15th September 2005 - ALB - Press Release
On Thursday 15th September at 6:55pm the St Davidís
all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on
service following reports of a kite surfer in difficulties in the sea off
Newgale Beach. Also despatched to this incident was the Little Haven
inshore lifeboat and the Broad Haven coastguard team. As the lifeboat
arrived on scene a message was received from Milford Haven coastguards that
the surfer had managed to make his way safely ashore.
Both lifeboats were relieved of their duties, but due to the adverse weather conditions St Davidís lifeboat was instructed to escort the Little Haven inshore lifeboat back to Little Haven. St Davidís then proceeded to home station rehousing at 8:20pm.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David
John, Robin Copely, Ian Gray & Nicholas Phillips.
6th September 2005 - ALB - Press Release
On Tuesday 6th September at 1:10pm the St Davidís all-weather lifeboat launched on service to the aid of a 9 metre fishing vessel ďAthenaĒ which had suffered total engine failure. The casualty which was on passage from Northern Ireland to Holland was is a position approximately four miles south - south west of the South Bishops rock. The lifeboat was on scene within twenty minutes and took the casualty under tow to Milford Haven Docks arriving at 3:30pm. Once the casualty was safely anchored at the docks the lifeboat made her way back to the station arriving at 5:00pm.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, William Chant & Gareth Morris.
4th September 2005 - ALB - Press Release
On Sunday 4th September at 4:55pm the St Davidís lifeboat under the command of coxswain Malcolm Gray launched on service to search for a missing single-engine Piper Cherokee plane with two persons onboard. The plane had taken off from Waterford in Ireland at 12:30pm bound for Cardiff when it disappeared from radar at 1:30pm.
Rosslare and Fishguard lifeboats pictured from St Davids Lifeboat whilst searching
A massive air-sea search took place involving the St Davidís
, Fishguard and Rosslare lifeboats together with three rescue helicopters
and a RAF Nimrod aircraft. Following a large scale search stretching across
the Irish sea the St Davidís and Fishguard lifeboats were tasked to carry
out a box search north of Strumble Head. At 11:25pm they discovered
wreckage and personal effects but sadly no survivors. The recovery
procedure took some considerable time and all debris was brought into
Fishguard Harbour. The casualties were from the Cowbridge area and the
RNLI sends out its deepest sympathy to the families of those involved.
St Davidís lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 5:00am.
Crew: Malcom Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley & Ian Gray.
3rd September 2005 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On returning to station from an earlier incident (see below) at 9:00pm the inshore and the all-weather lifeboats were tasked to carry out a search to the north of Whitesands beach following sightings of four white parachute flares. The inshore lifeboat carried out a close shore line search from St Davidís head to Abereiddi , while the all-weather lifeboat carried out an off shore search up as far as Porthgain harbour. These areas were thoroughly searched until the coastguards made a decision to call a halt and both lifeboats were released from duties and returned station.
ALB Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, David John, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, William Chant, Gareth Morris & Padrig Rees.
ILB crew: Robin Copley, Neil Thomas & Nicholas Phillips.
3rd September 2005 - ILB - Press Release
On Saturday 3rd September at 8:30pm the St Davidís inshore lifeboat launched on service under the command of helmsman Robin Copely to reports by a member of the public that two persons were cut off by the tide at Caerfai beach. Whilst on route to this incident a report came from a local coastguard that the two persons had managed to scale up the rocks to safety. The coastguards instructed the lifeboat that it was no longer needed and to return to station.
Crew: Robin Copley, Neil Thomas & Nicholas Phillips.
23rd August 2005 - ALB
The crew of the St Davids ALB 'Garside' were paged at 13:41 following a call from the passenger RIB "Barracuda" which had 14 people on board and failure of both engines at the south end of Ramsey Sound. However, as the crew assembled at the boathouse news came that another vessel had taken the "Barracuda" under tow and the lifeboat was stood down.
19th August 2005 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Friday 19th August at 12:02pm both St Davidís all weather
and inshore lifeboats launched on service following a 999 call to the
coastguards from a member of the public that a canoe with two children were
in difficulties off Porthseli beach. Whilst the lifeboats were on
route to the incident a local coastguard confirmed that the canoeists were
safely ashore. The incident was treated as false alarm with good
intent. Both lifeboats then returned to station.
Crew ALB: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips
Crew ILB: William
Chant, Huw Thornton and Gareth Morris.
18th August 2005 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Thursday 18th August at 7:15pm the St Davidís all weather
lifeboat under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain David John launched on
service following reports of a Pan-Pan relay from a suspected yacht in
difficulties. The transmission had been received by the RSPB vessel
ďShearwaterĒ who informed the coastguards. A full scale search was
carried by the lifeboat over many square miles.
At 8:40pm the St Davidís inshore lifeboat launched under the command of helmsman Neil Thomas to carry out a shore line search. This search was called off by the coastguards at 10pm with nothing found and both lifeboats returned to station.
Crew ALB: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Roland Bateman, Robin Copely, Simon Thornton, Padrig Rees
Crew ILB: Neil Thomas, Ian Gray
16th August 2005 - ILB - Press Release
On Tuesday 16th August at 3:05pm the St Davidís inshore
lifeboat under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips launched on service
to the aid of a twelve foot sailing dinghy which was caught in the tide
approximately one mile north west of St Davidís Head. The pleasure
vessel ďAquaphobiaĒ arrived on scene slightly before the lifeboat having
heard a radio request transmitted by Milford Haven coastguards. The
Aquaphobia handed the tow over to the lifeboat who brought the casualty
safely back to Porthseli beach. The casualty had one adult male
holidaymaker onboard from Warwickshire.
The lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 4:10pm.
Crew: Michael Phillips, David John & Gareth Morris
11th August 2005 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Thursday 11th August, at 6:05pm, both St Davidís all
weather lifeboat under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain David John and
inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton launched to
the aid of a boat carrying three children which was drifting between
Porthgain and Abereiddi.
The casualty managed to beach and the two of the children managed to scale the cliff face to raise the alarm via mobile telephone.
The third child attempted to row the boat back to Porthgain
Harbour. A local boat from Porthgain managed to tow the casualty back
to the safety of Porthgain Harbour. Both lifeboats were relieved of
their duties and returned to station and rehoused at 6:40pm.
Crew ALB: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Roland Bateman, Alan Evans
Crew ILB: Simon Thornton, Gareth Morris
6th August 2005 - ILB - Press Release
On Saturday 6th August at 5pm whilst on duty with the all
weather lifeboat in providing safety cover for the Round Ramsey Rowing race
the St Davidís inshore lifeboat became aware that a wind surfer was in
difficulties approximately one mile from Porthseli beach.
The surfer was a fifty year male from the Sheffield area who was on holiday in the area.
The inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman station mechanic Michael Phillips and crewman Gareth Morris were soon on scene and assisted the surfer back to the safety of Porthseli beach.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Gareth Morris
18th July 2005 - ILB
The St Davids inshore lifeboat launched on service at approximately 11:55 following reports of a yacht in trouble close to Carreg Rhosson - a small island about 1.5 miles west of Ramsey Island. After a short search in the area along with lookouts by the St Davids Coastguards it was apparent that there wasn't anybody in distress and the lifeboat returned to station. The incident is considered to be false alarm with good intent.
ILB Crew: Neil Thomas, William Chant, Gareth Morris
16th July 2005 - ALB and ILB
The crews of both the St Davids all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat launched in record time following a request for assistance in locating two missing climbers in the Whitesands Bay and St Davids Head area. Most of the crew had assembled near the boathouse for their annual barbeque when, at 20:34, Milford Haven Coastguard activated the pagers. The lifeboats joined St Davids Coastguard and the local police in looking for the two climbers that had been reported overdue. Fortunately, after a short search both were found safe and well at Whitesands and the lifeboats returned to station (and their barbeque) some 45 minutes after launching.
ALB Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Roland Bateman, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, Nicholas Phillips and Gillian Gray
ILB Crew: Robin Copley, Neil Thomas and Gareth Morris
Launching Crew: Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman, Ceri Davies
14th July 2005 - ALB
St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched on service at approximately 22:50 hrs under the command of Cox'n Malcolm Gray. The lifeboat was requested to assist the 21ft single handed yacht 'Maridadi' which was in difficulties 4 miles west of the South Bishop lighthouse. On arrival at the casualty, crew member Paul Taylor was transferred to assist with setting up the tow. The 'Maridadi' was then taken under tow into Milford Haven and the lifeboat returned to station at approximately 04:30.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas
27th June 2005 - ALB
The crew of the St Davids all-weather lifeboat "Garside" were paged at 15:04 to assist the inshore lifeboat from Little Haven to recover a body that had been located by canoeists at Druidstone Haven. The Little Haven crew along with St Davids crew members Cox'n Malcolm Gray and Deputy 2nd Cox'n Robin Copley successfully recovered the body and returned it to Little Haven. The lifeboat returned to station at approximately 17:10.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Ian Gray, Roland Bateman, Matthew Cox, Gareth Morris
26th June 2005 - ALB and ILB
The St Davids lifeboats 'Garside' and 'Dewi Sant / St David' were launched at approximately 17:00 following a call to Milford Haven Coastguard by mobile phone to advise that 2 canoeists were in difficulties trying to cross Ramsey Sound. Whilst the ILB searched close inshore, the ALB 'Garside' began to search the area between Carreg-y-Fran and the south end of Ramsey Island. After about 20 minutes a red flare was spotted by the ALB who then located the 2 canoeists. With the assistance of the ILB the two people and their equipment were transferred onto the ALB. Both of the lifeboats then returned to station at about 18:00.
ALB Crew: Malcolm Gray, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, David John, Rowland Bateman, Padrig Rees
ILB Crew: Neil Thomas, Gillian Gray, Gareth Morris
Launching crew: Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths and John Bateman.
21st June 2005 - ALB
The crew of the St Davids lifeboat 'Garside' were paged 10:07 to assist the coastguards at Milford Haven with locating a carrier signal being transmitted on VHF Channel 16 (the distress frequency). Using their direction finding radio equipment, the lifeboat was able to follow the signal towards it's source. However, having reached the area of Grassholm Island the coastguards at Milford Haven released the lifeboat to return to station.
Crew: Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Ian Gray, Simon Thornton, Matthew Cox, Gareth Morris
18th June 2005 - ILB
St Davids ILB launched on exercise at 09:30 on Saturday 18th June. About an hour into the exercise, whilst in the vicinity of Porthclais, the ILB found a 40 gallon steel drum with markings indicating a potential hazard floating in the water. The discovery was reported to the coastguard at Milford Haven who asked for the ILB to tow the drun into the harbour at Porthclais where they were met by the St Davids Fire Brigade. A special Fire Brigade chemicals unit from Haverfordwest was summoned to make the drum safe and to remove it from the area.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Phillips
29th May 2005 - ILB
St Davids ILB was launched at approximately 21:35 to assist St Davids coastguard with two persons reportedly cut-off by the tide at Pencarnan in Whitesands Bay. The ILB arrived at the location shortly after the coastguard and found that the people were not in difficulty and had scaled the cliffs. The ILB then returned to station some 15 minutes later.
Crew: Ian Gray, Jestyn Martin, Gillian Gray
29th May 2005 - ALB and ILB
St Davids inshore and offshore lifeboat crews were paged at 12:11 following reports from a diving party that one of their number was overdue. St Davids ILB was already at sea on exercise and proceeded to the last reported position of the casualty along with the ILB from Little Haven. The ALB was launched and proceeded towards the search area. However, before any of the lifeboats arrived on-scene the coastguards were able to confirm that the diver had been located safe and well. Both lifeboats then returned to station.
ALB Crew: David John, Paul Taylor, Neil Thomas, David Griffiths, Gareth Morris
ILB Crew: Michael Phillips, Simon Thornton, Matthew Cox
30th April 2005 - ILB
On Saturday 30th April at 13:55 the St Davids ILB crew were paged to assist with a cliff faller at Porthsele in Whitesands Bay. Mr Lambert from Birmingham had fallen from the cliff sustaining grazes, bruising and a nasty gash to his leg. On arrival the ILB crew administered first aid before transferring the casualty onto the lifeboat and conveying him back to the beach at Porthsele where they were met by St Davids coastguard.
Mr Lambert was then taken by ambulance to Withybush Hospital for further treatment and the ILB returned to station at approximately 15:00.
Crew: Neil Thomas (Helm), Jestyn Martin, Gillian Gray
12th April 2005 - ALB
St Davids Lifeboat approaches Black Prince
On Tuesday 12th March at 18:43 the St Davids all weather crew were paged to provide a medical evacuation of a 26 year old crew member from the cruise vessel 'Black Prince' which was in a position about 20 miles SW of the Smalls Lighthouse. The casualty had sustained head and eye injuries.
The lifeboat proceeded towards the 'Black Prince' which was heading NE with the two vessels meeting close to the Smalls lighthouse. The injured man was transferred by stretcher to the lifeboat which then returned to station to land the casualty into the care of a waiting ambulance and St Davids coastguard.
Crew: Malcolm Gray, Michael Phillips, David John, Robin Copley, Paul Taylor, Ian Gray and Nicholas Phillips.
23rd March 2005 - ILB - Press Release
On Wednesday 23rd March at 12:10pm the St Davidís inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman William Chant launched on service to assist in a search for a missing person. The 26yr old male had been missing from the Gwent area for two days, and following a police search his car was found abandoned at Whitesands beach in St Davidís.
The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search from the lifeboat station to an area approximately half a mile to the north of St Davidís Head. Also involved in the search was a coastguard team, Brecon Mountain Rescue company and the Police.
At 1:50pm a decision was taken by the Police to call a halt to the search and the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 1:55pm.
Sadly he was not found.
Crew: William Chant (helm), Jestyn Martin & Matt Cox
Tractor driver : John Bateman.
12th March 2005 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Saturday 12th March at 9:40am both St Davidís all-weather lifeboat under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain Robin Copely and inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman William Chant launched on service to the aid of a vessel which had suffered engine failure approximately half a mile from the lifeboat station.
The casualty a rigid hull inflatable called ďViking ExplorerĒ had five persons onboard two of which were crew. The lifeboats were on scene within minutes when it was decided that the all-weather lifeboat take the vessel under tow to Porthclais Harbour. Once they reached the entrance to Porthclais the inshore lifeboat took over the tow and brought the vessel safely in to harbour.
Both lifeboats then returned to station and rehoused at 11:10am.
Crew ALB: Robin Copely , Michael Phillips , Jestyn Martin, Paul Taylor, Ian Gray, Nicholas Phillips, Neil Thomas.
Crew ILB: William Chant (helm) Gareth Morris & Padrig Rees.
Launchers: Henry Griffiths, David Griffiths, John Bateman.
4th January 2005 - ILB
On the afternoon of Tuesday 4th January the relief inshore lifeboat 'Corydd' (D-476) launched to assist the fishing vessel 'Colleen' that was taking in water and in danger of sinking at her moorings in St Justinians, near the lifeboat station.
The ILB with Michael Phillips and Ian Gray aboard took a pump out to the fishing boat, assisted by the Coxswain Malcolm Gray, and the inflow of water was successfully stemmed to allow repairs to be carried out.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Ian Gray