Services - 2007
13th October 2007 - ILB Crew Paged
Milford Haven Coastguards requested the launch of St Davids RNLI's inshore lifeboat at 12.11 pm on Saturday 13th October for a kayaker in difficulties at Newgale Beach. With the lifeboat on the slipway and crew ready to go the call was cancelled as the kayaker had been seen getting ashore by himself.
8th September 2007 - ALB Launch - Press Release
Angle Lifeboat searching for divers
On Saturday 8th of September at 3:20pm the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to search for two divers who were reported missing some two miles south of Grassholm Island.
What should have been a great afternoons diving with a group of colleagues around the islands of Pembrokeshire ended up with two male divers aged 36 from Oxford and the Rhondda becoming seperated from their group and being in the sea for over 8 hours.
The story unfolded at approx 3:15pm when the Dive boat "Annie" transmitted a "Mayday" message that two of their divers had drifted off and could not be found. A full scale search was instigated by Milford Haven Coastguards which involved the St David's RNLI & Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboats conducting sea search involving box search patterns. Also tasked was a RAF Helicopter Rescue 169 from Chivenor and the cross channel ferry "The Isle of Inishmore" and numerous other vessels.
At 7pm The Rescue Helicopter had to land for refueling and so the Irish Rescue Helicopter joined the search At approx 9:45pm the St David's RNLI lifeboat proceeded to escort the dive boat "Annie" back to Broad Haven as a safety precaution, during which time the dive boat broke down and had to be taken under tow by the lifeboat.
As the light had gone and hope was fading fast the crew of the Irish helicopter saw what they thought was a flash of light on the sea surface. They lowered their height and some 7 miles miles South West of St David's Head and 8 miles north of the original known position both divers were found. The tide had initially taken them south but as the tide turned they drifted northward. In order to keep buoyant they ditched their air bottles and let water in and out of their suits, this also helped them keep warm.
They were then airlifted and flown to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest where they were checked over and released suffering mild hypothermia. Both divers saved their own lives by taking the correct actions and being well equipted for such emergencies.
The Rescue Services dedicated approach and excellent co-operation made a very dramatic and happy ending. St David's lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 1:05am.
Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Malcolm Gray, Simon Thornton, Nicholas Phillips, Alan Evans & Dave Ward.
29th August 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Wednesday 29th August at 6:46pm the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Jestyn Martin launched on service to the aid of a 42yr old male who had fallen 30ft down a cliff near Porthclais Harbour. Also dispatched to this incident was St David's coastguard team together with an ambulance and RAF Rescue 169 helicopter from Chivenor.
The lifeboat was soon on scene where they discovered the casualty in a gully in the sea being tended to by a member of the coastguard team. The lifeboat was at this point requested to deploy two of it's crew into the water to assist the coastguard with the casualty until the arrival of the helicopter.
It had already been agreed by paramedics and coastguards on scene that the safest way of evacuation of the casualty due to the nature of his injuries was by helicopter. The casualty had suffered face , wrist and injuries to his his legs. Once the helicopter was on scene the two lfeboat crew members and the coastguard assisted the winchman in his evacuation. He was then flown to Withybiush Hospital for treatment to his injuries. The lifeboat then proceeded to home station rehousing at 7:58pm.
Crew: Jestyn Martin, Mike Rogers & Padrig Rees
29th August 2007 - ALB Launch - Press Release
On Wednesday 29th August at 10:01am the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service to the aid of a 36ft passenger vessel which had a problem with their steerage system and had called Milford Haven Coastguards as a precaution. The casualty "Ocean Ranger" which operates out of St Justinian on pleasure trips, had ten passengers and two crew onboard and was in a position between Ramsey Island and South Bishop's rock.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and the casualty by this time was making her way back to St Justinian's by using her emergency steering. The lifeboat escorted her back to her moorings and returned to station at 10:50am.
Crew: David John, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, William Chant, Mike Rogers, Andy Iceton & Gareth Morris.
25th August 2007 - ALB and ILB Lauch - Press Release
On Saturday 25th August at 7:02pm both St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John and the St David's RNLI Inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman William Chant launched on service following reports that five kayakers were possibly missing. There were concerns for there safety as thick fog had blanketed the area.
The kayakers had left Porthclais Harbour earlier in the day and were reported as being overdue by the wife of one of the kayakers. The inshore lifeboat was tasked by the coastguards to proceed to Porthclais Harbour and to carry out a coastline search to Ramsey Island. The all-weather lifeboat proceeded to search around Ramsey Island as reports were coming in that they had been seen in that vicinity.
As the all-weather lifeboat went around the north end of island they found all five kayakers safe and well. After consulting with the kayakers they stated that they did not require any assistance as they were able to return to Porthclais by themselves. Both lifeboats at this time returned to station and rehoused at 7:26pm.
This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.
Crew ALB: David John, Michael Phillips, Mike Rogers, Neil Thomas, Ffion Rees, Dave Ward & Claire Butler.
Crew ILB: William Chant, Gareth Morris & Padrig Rees.
19th August 2007 - ALB Launch - Press Release
On Sunday 19th August at 12:45am the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to Caerfai Bay where it was reported that a car had gone partially over the cliff and there was a possibilty of one or more persons in the water.
The car park at Caerfai is on the cliff edge approx 70ft above the sea, there was no sign of the occupant(s). The car was stuck half over the bank seperating the car park from the cliff and coastal path. The coastguard team and local police officers immediately commenced a search of the area which included a disused quarry. Here the coastguard team found the occupant of the vechicle in the undergrowth.
It appears that she had fallen some 15-20ft, she was then extracted from her predicament checked over by paramedics and transported to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. Fortunately the lifeboat was not required and returned to station and rehoused at 1:24am.
Crew: David John, Andy Iceton, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, Mike Rogers, Nicholas Phillips & Alan Evans.
13th August 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Monday 13th August at 7:35pm the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Robin Copley launched on service following reports of a Kayaker in difficulties near Whitesands Beach. Whilst the lifeboat was on route , St David's Mobile Coastguard Unit were able to confirm that the kayaker had made it safely ashore at Whitesands.
The lifeboat then proceeded to return to station and rehoused at 7:47pm.
Crew: Robin Copley, Jestyn Martin & Simon Thornton
12th August 2007 - ALB Launch - Press Release
On Sunday 12th of August at 4:02am following a mayday transmission from a trawler in distress the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes launched on service. The vessel a 34 metre French fishing trawler "Tourmalet" had seven crew members onboard and was 16 miles west of St David's Head and had a serious electrical fire in the engine room.
Once the lifeboat was under way the coastguards established that there were no injuries and the fire had been contained. Other vessels in the area including the cross channel ferry "Isle of Inishmore" responded to the coastguards radio broadcast. The lifeboat was soon on scene and stood by while the trawler's engineer carried out emergency repairs.
Initially it was decided for the lifeboat to escort the vessel into Milford Haven, but after one hour the skipper of the casualty had a change of mind and decided to make his way back to his home port in France.
Milford Haven Coastguards at this point released the lifeboat and it returned to station and rehoused at 8:23am.
Crew: Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Andy Iceton, Mike Rogers, Nicholas Phillips & Padrig Rees.
9th August 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Thursday 10th August at 6:12pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton launched on service following reports of a teenage girl on a cliff ledge slightly east of Porthclais Harbour. Two teams of coastguards were also dispatched from St Davids and Fishguard to the incident.
The first informant who reported that this girl was in trouble had unfortunately lost sight of her, which instigated a full scale search involving the lifeboat proceeding along the shoreline and coastguards on the cliff path. After conducting a thorough search of the area, with the lifeboat going as far as St Non's Bay and into Porthclais Harbour the search was terminated and treated as a false alarm with good intent.
The lifeboat then proceeded back to station and rehoused at 7:33pm.
Crew: Simon Thornton, Andy Iceton & Mike Rogers
8th August 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Wednesday 8th August at 5:05pm the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton was tasked again this time following reports from a member of the public that a blue rucksack had been abandoned on top of the cliff at St David's Head. A local coastguard team was also dispatched as there were fears that somebody may have fallen over the cliff.
Once coastguards arrived on scene it was discovered that the rucksack had been removed, a thorough search was carried out when the lifeboat spotted a person carrying the rucksack towards Whitesands Beach. Following a chat with person that all was well the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 6:16pm. This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.
Crew: Helmsman Simon Thornton & Michael Phillips
8th August 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
Kayaker being taken ashore by the ILB - photo by Jim Ralphs
On Wednesday 8th August at 2:25pm the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips launched on service to the aid of a Kayak with one person onboard which had capsized and was in difficulties in a position off St David's Head.
Whilst the inshore lifeboat was proceeding a yellow inflatable boat had managed to get the kayaker onto his craft. Once the lifeboat was on scene they transfered the kayaker and his kayak onboard the lifeboat and proceeded to Whitesands Beach and put him safely ashore. The lifeboat then returned to station and rehoused at 2:50pm.
Crew: Helmsman Michael Phillips & Simon Thornton .
29th July 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Sunday 29th July at 9:53am the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Nicholas Phillips launched on service to the aid of a dog which had fallen over the cliff, half a mile to the east of Caerbwdi Beach. While the lifeboat proceeded it was monitored by St David's Coastguards team who were by this time with the dog's owner at the spot where the dog had fallen.
The coastguards guided the lifeboat to the dog's location where the crew members were able to recover the injured animal onto the lifeboat. It was then decided to take the animal to Solva Harbour where it was met by local coastguards and the owner. The crew handed over the dog to it's owner so that it could be taking to a vet to treat it's injuries.
The lifeboat then returned to station and rehoused at 11:26am.
Crew: Nicholas Phillips (helmsman), Mike Rogers & Andy Iceton.
24th July 2007 - ALB Launch - Press Release
On Tuesday 24th July at 6:40pm the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to the aid of the 18ft yacht "Aurora" which had mechanical problems and was in need of assistance.
The casualty with four persons onboard was in a position between Caerfai Bay and Solva Harbour.
Once the lifeboat arrived on scene they secured a tow line to the casualty and proceeded to tow the vessel to Solva Harbour.
After arriving at Solva and making sure that they were safely within the Harbour where they were met by local coastguards, the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 8:05pm
Crew: David John, Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Nicholas Phillips, Mike Rogers & Dave Ward.
20th July 2007 - ALB Launch
On Friday 20th July at 6:29pm following a report from a member of public to Milford Haven Coastguards, the St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to the aid of a 8ft dinghy which had suffered engine failure. The casualty had broken down in Caerfai Bay and had two male adults onboard.
The lifeboat was soon on scene, but initially the casualty declined assistance as they were paddling towards shore. However when one of the paddles broke they accepted assistance and the lifeboat took the casualty under tow into the safety of Porthclais Harbour where they were met by a local coastguard team. Once every one was safe the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 7:12pm.
Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Andy Iceton, Mike Rogers, William Chant, Dave Ward.
14th July 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
At 4:46pm on Saurday 14th of July following the first incident the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips was again tasked to proceed to Caerfai Beach where reports were coming in of three children in the water and in difficulties. There was at this time a possibilty of the children being swept out to sea.
The lifeboat was soon on scene and monitored the children who by this time had managed to make their way back to the safety of the beach where they were met by coastguards. With every one safe the lifeboat proceeded back to station rehousing at 5:22pm.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Simon Thornton & Padrig Rees
14th July 2007 - ALB and ILB Launch Requests - Press Release
On Saturday 14th July at 4:20pm following a Mayday transmission recieved by Milford Haven coastguards both St David's RNLI all-weather and Inshore lifeboats were paged to the assistance of a 28ft passenger vessel "Coral Ann" which had suffered a failure to its steering system. The casualty had five passengers and a crew of three onboard and were in a position close to Ramsey Sound.
Once the lifeboat crew arrived at the station it was decided that the all-weather lifeboat was not required as the casualty by this time was under tow by another passenger vessel "Ocean Ranger". The inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Simon Thornton proceeded to the incident and monitored both vessels while the casualty was secured back to its moorings and the transfer of occupants safely ashore where they were met by a local coastguard team.
The lifeboat rehoused at 4:40pm
Crew: Simon Thornton, Padrig Rees & Dave Ward.
9th July 2007 - Medical Emergency
Members of the crew assisted a woman suffering from suspected hypothermia and sea sickness who was landed at the lifeboat slipway at approximately 1830. St Davids coastguard and an ambulance crew were called to help the casualty up the steps to the top of the cliffs.
8th July 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Sunday 8th July at 5:15pm the St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Neil Thomas launched on service following a report from a member of the public of a canoe which had overturned throwing three persons into the sea. The position of this canoe was in Porthllisky Bay, a local coastguard team was also dispatched to the scene.
Whilst the lifeboat was proceeding to the incident the canoests managed right the canoe and were making their way ashore. When the lifeboat arrived on scene they had in fact made it ashore where they were met by local coastguards.
The lifeboat was then released from the incident and returned to station rehousing at 5:40pm.
Crew: Neil Thomas (helmsman), Nicholas Phillips & William Chant
4th July 2007 - ALB and ILB Launch - Press Release
On Wednesday 4th July at 3pm both St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John and the RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of station mechanic/helmsman Michael Phillips launched to the aid of a rigid inflatable passenger boat "Barracuda 2" which had broken away from it's moorings and was in danger of breaking up on the rocks at St Justinian. Had the casualty broken up on the rocks it would have created pollution in St Justinian Bay.
The Inshore lifeboat managed to get a line on board the casualty and the tow was taken over by the all-weather lifeboat which towed the boat back to the RNLI moorings and secured it .
This is the second time that this vessel has managed to break away from it's moorings. In April it broke away and drifted up to North Wales where it was found 15 miles north of Holyhead. At that time Holyhead RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched to recover it.
Crew ALB: David John, Jestyn Martin, Ian Gray, Roland Bateman, Padrig Rees, Simon Thornton & Ffion Rees.
Crew ILB: Michael Phillips, William Chant, Gareth Morris & Rhys James.
3rd July 2007 - Medical Emergency
Members of the lifeboat crew attended a medical emergency at approximately 2.10 pm at the cliff top by the lifeboat station. A 69 year old male had collapsed and required CPR (resusitation) which was initially provided by the station mechanic, a passing nurse and local boatmen until the arrival of a doctor and St Davids first responders. CPR continued upon the arrival of paramedics but despite everyone's best efforts the gentleman was pronounced dead at the scene.
19th May 2007 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday 19th May at 1:26pm the St Davids RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboat crews were paged to assist two persons reported to be in difficulties in the sea at Newgale beach. The inshore lifeboat at Little Haven was also requested to launch, however the call was cancelled before the lifeboats launched as the persons concerned had managed to get ashore by themselves.
6th May 2007 - ILB Launch - Press Release
On Sunday 6th of May at 11:50am while out on exercise the St David's RNLI Inshore Lifeboat under the command of Station Mechanic Michael Phillips was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguards to join in a search for a 30yr old Trefin man who was missing and there was concern for his welfare. Also involved in the search were coastguard teams from St David's and Fishguard together with Police Officers and a Police Helicopter.
The RNLI lifeboat conducted a shoreline search from Trefin to Abercastle Beach with nothing was found. After searching for three hours word came through that the man was safe and well and was making his way home. With that good news all units returned to their home stations. The lifeboat rehoused at the boathouse at 3:05pm.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Nicholas Phillips & Mike Rogers.
25th April 2007 - ILB
On Wednesday 25th April at 12:45 pm members of the lifeboat crew observed a small fishing vessel adrift from it's mooring at St Justinians and was drifting towards the rocks. As a result the ILB was launched under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips to tow the vessel to the RNLI mooring. this done, the ILB returned to station at 1:00 pm.
Crew: Michael Phillips, Nicholas Phillips and Huw Thornton
3rd April 2007 - ILB - Press Release
On Tuesday 3rd April at 9:23am the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman Robin Copley launched on service following reports of people trapped at the base of cliffs near Solva.
The lifeboat, with the assistance of St Davids coastguard, located one person and his dog a short distance to the west of Solva Harbour entrance. Both were taken aboard the lifeboat and landed safely at the harbour. The rescued man had descended the cliff to rescue his dog which had fallen over whilst chasing a rabbit. The man was uninjured whilst the dog required treatment from a vet for cuts.
The lifeboat returned to station at 10:22am
ILB Crew: Robin Copley (helmsman), William Chant and Mike Rogers
31st March 2007 - ALB and ILB - Press Release
On Saturday 31st March at 9:25pm both St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John and St David's RNLI inshore lifeboat under the command of helmsman William Chant launched on service to the aid of two climbers who were stuck on a cliff face one mile north of St David's Head. On board St David's all-weather lifeboat was Dr Jo Broughton who is Fishguard lifeboat medical advisor in case medical assistance had been required.
Both lifeboats arrived on scene at 9:40pm where they made contact with St David's coastguards team. Originally there were three climbers who were stuck but one managed to scale the cliff and raise the alarm for his fellow climbers. These climbers had been swinging on ropes for a number of hours and were unable to reach the cliff face. The climbers, with the assistance of the coastguards, were eventually able to pulled to safety and brought onto the cliff path.
Once it discovered that no medical or sea evacuation was required both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 10:15pm.
Crew ALB: David John (coxswain), Michael Phillips (mechanic), Clive Hayes, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copely, Ian Gray, Ffion Rees & Dr Jo Broughton
Crew ILB: William Chant (helmsman), Alan Evans, Padrig Rees.