Services - 2010
4th December 2010 - ALB
On Saturday 4th of December at 9:25am the St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to the aid of a 36ft catamaran "Kanaloa" with three persons onboard.
The casualty vessel, which was on passage from Fishguard to Milford Haven, was in an area off St Davids Head and had suffered engine failure and was becalmed.
The lifeboat was on scene within fifteen minutes from launch.
Once a towline was secured the casualty was taken under tow by the lifeboat to Milford Haven Docks arriving at 12:40pm. Having made sure that the casualty was safely moored, the lifeboat then returned to station re-housing at 2:35pm.
Crew: David John, Michael Phillips, Mathew Cox, Pete Roberts, Simon Twitchen, Ben Hughes & Mike Chant.
Video available ... here!
25th September 2010 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday September 25th at 9:45am both St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore lifeboat (ILB), under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes and helmsman Dave Ward respectively, launched on service to the aid of a 21ft fishing vessel with a fouled propeller.
The casualty "Katrina" with two persons onboard was in difficulties in the Ramsey Sound. The fishing boat "Kimberley Jane" assisted the casualty until the arrival of the lifeboats. Once on scene the ALB secured a line to the casualty and commenced a tow back to a secure mooring at St Justinian.
Both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 10:35am.
Crew ALB: Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Robin Copley, Nicholas Phillips, Ffion Rees, Roger Smith & Mike Chant.
Crew ILB: Dave Ward, Mike Rogers & Peter Roberts.
12th September 2010 - ILB
St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 11.23am under the command of helmsman Neil Thomas to a kayak reported on a beach near Ynys Gwelltog on the south-western side of Ramsey Island by the island warden. The beach was inaccessible from land so the ILB proceeded to locate the kayak and investigate whether anyone might be in difficulties.
On arrival the ILB crew found that the kayak was actually a laser sailing dinghy upside-down on the beach without any mast, sails or rudder. As there was no sign of any persons with the dinghy the ILB took the dinghy under tow to Porthclais harbour where they were met by St Davids Coastguard. It is probable that the dinghy had been washed off of a beach by the recent spring tides and had been washed up on Ramsey. The lifeboat rehoused at 1.10pm.
Crew: Neil Thomas, Mike Rogers and Harry Ledwith
11th September 2010 - ILB
St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 11.06am under the command of helmsman Neil Thomas following reports from a member of the public of a windsurfer in difficulties to the north of Ramsey Island. The lifeboat quickly located the windsurfer and found that he had not been in any difficulties, apparently he had been waving to friends on the beach. The lifeboat rehoused at 11.30am. False alarm.
Crew: Neil Thomas, Jestyn Martin and Peter Roberts.
2nd September 2010 - ILB
On Thursday September 2nd at 4:30pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips, launched on service following reports of a person clinging to an upturned pink coloured Kayak near the entrance of Solva Harbour.
Milford Haven coastguards had taken a 999 call from a woman reporting the incident.
As the ILB was nearing Solva Harbour a local coastguard team reported spotting the kayaker swimming ashore pulling the upturned kayak behind him.
After interviewing the casualty, the 21yr old local man informed them that he had submerged the kayak on purpose, in order to pull it ashore and was not in any difficulties.
The ILB at this point were informed that all was well and that they were not required. The woman who reported the incident was correct in her action, and the incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent (FAGI).
The ILB returned to station rehousing at 5:10pm.
Crew: Michael Phillips, John Elsby & Mike Chant
19th August 2010 - ALB and ILB
On Thursday August the 19th at 2:55pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain Robin Copley launched on service to the aid of a 33ft yacht "Wing To Wing". The casualty vessel with four persons onboard owner/skipper Peter John and three male teenagers, had suffered damage to their Jib Halyard which is situated on the mast, also one of the teenagers was suffering sea sickness.
Milford Haven coastguards who had been monitoring the slow progress of the yacht when radio contact was lost with them. At this point because of the deteriorating weather conditions, with force 6-7 winds forecast and torrential rain, a decision was taken to launch the lifeboat to go to their aid. The yacht which had left Dun Laoghaire Ireland on Wednesday afternoon was on passage to Dale in Pembrokeshire.
The lifeboat located the yacht approximately 10 nautical miles west of St Davids Head. Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew set up a tow line and commenced to take the vessel under tow back to the safety of the lifeboat emergency moorings at St Justinians.
The four persons were then taken ashore and given hot drinks before making an onward journey to the home of their relatives. No medical assistance was required, and the lifeboat rehoused at 7:15pm.
There are two videos on YouTube ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnoBnEpLjWk ... and ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__IUy6O6noU
Crew: Robin Copley, Michael Phillips, Ian Gray, Ffion Rees, Mike Rogers, Gareth Morris & Harry Ledwith.
17th August 2010 - ILB
St Davids ILB was on exercise with RNLI Inspector Matt Crofts in Whitesands Bay when two youths were observed trying to cross from Whitesands Beach to Porthsele Beach. With the tide rising the two people would have become cut off so the ILB was requested by Milford Haven coastguard to advise them of their situation and they duly returned to Whitesands.
Crew: Jestyn Martin (Helmsman), Simon Twitchen and RNLI Inspector Matt Crofts.
16th August 2010 - ALB
On Monday August the 16th at 2:20pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) under the command of deputy second coxswain Ian Gray launched on service to the aid of an injured seaman on board the oil tanker "Minerva Anna" which was anchored on the south side of St Brides Bay.
The seaman had suffered severe arm injuries while working in the engine room of the tanker and needed to be evacuated for hospital treatment. Once on scene the lifeboat took the casualty and one of his fellow crew members off the tanker and returned to the lifeboat station. At the lifeboat station ambulance paramedics met them and conveyed the casualty to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.
The lifeboat rehoused at 3:25pm.
See a video here ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzQkx5-32hg
Crew: Ian Gray, Michael Phillips, William Chant, Mike Rogers, Dave Ward, Simon Twitchen, Peter Roberts & Ben Hughes.
14th August 2010 - Launch Request
Milford Haven coastguards paged to request the launch of St Davids lifeboat at 6.30pm following reports of a small boat with four people on board in difficulties near Newgale. However the launch was cancelled after further information was received indicating that the people had managed to get ashore.
13th August 2010 - ILB
On Friday August 13th at 2:40pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) under the command of helmsman William Chant, launched on service to the aid of a 10ft dinghy which had suffered engine failure. The dinghy which had three teenagers on board (one female and two males) were in a position approximately one nautical off the shore between Nine Wells and Solva.
The ILB was on scene within 15mins and after checking that the teenagers did not require any medical assistance, they took the dinghy under tow back to the safety of Solva Harbour.
After making sure that all were safely ashore, the ILB returned to station and rehoused at 4:05pm.
Crew: William Chant, Mike Rogers & Simon Twitchen
8th August 2010 - ILB
On Sunday August the 8th at 4:35pm following reports made to Milford Haven Coastguards, the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) under the command of helmsman Dave Ward launched on service to the aid of a kayak with two persons onboard who were in difficulties. St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) were also paged, but were not required to launch.
The kayak with a middle aged male and his eight year old granddaughter where approximately one nautical mile off St Davids Head and had been caught out by the wind and tide and were unable to make it safely ashore. The first vessel on scene was the pleasure craft "Dorothy Mary" which had two crew members of the St Davids RNLI onboard, they checked that the kayakers were ok, and stood by until the arrival of the ILB.
Once on scene the ILB took the kayakers and their kayak back to the safety of Whitesands Beach, where they were handed into the care of RNLI Lifeguards. The ILB then proceeded back to station, rehousing at 5:15pm.
Crew: Dave Ward, Neil Thomas & Simon Thornton.
2nd August 2010 - ILB
On Monday August 2nd at 2:10pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) under the command of helmsman Mike Rogers launched on service to the aid of a 12ft inflatable dinghy. The dinghy with two persons on board had suffered engine failure in a position approximately 300yds from the RNLI Station.
The incident was observed by the lifeboat mechanic who contacted the coastguards and arranged for the ILB to launch to assist them.
The casualty vessel was taken under tow back to Whitesands beach where it had originally come from.
After making sure that they were safely ashore to ILB returned to station rehousing at 2:55pm.
Crew: Mike Rogers, Pete Roberts & Mike Chant
24th July 2010 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday July 24th at 9:40am both St Davids RNLI all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats under the command of coxswain David John and helmsman Michael Phillips respectively launched on service following a Mayday transmission received from a 15ft sailing dinghy in difficulties. The casualty "Orlathea" had capsized approximately two nautical miles west of St Davids Head.
There were two males onboard who managed to right the vessel but put out a distress call because of the possibility of hyperthermia. It was decided that the ILB would not be required, so after putting one of their crewmembers aboard the ALB they returned to station.
The casualty had left Milford Haven at 5:30am and was bound for Fishguard, it is in the process of sailing around Britain in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. The yacht " Czekmate" also responded to the call and was in the process of assisting the casualty when the lifeboat arrived on scene. RAF rescue helicopter was also on scene giving overhead cover.
The two males were taken aboard the lifeboat and their vessel taken under tow back to St Davids RNLI Station.
No medical assistance was required but the men were given hot drinks and warmth at the station. The lifeboat rehoused at 11:20am.
Crew ALB: David John, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Simon Twitchen & Peter Roberts.
Crew ILB: Michael Phillips, Gareth Morris & Mike Rogers.
8th July 2010 - ILB
At 5.45pm on 7th July 2010 the St Davids RNLI lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) received a telephone call from Milford Haven Coastguard advising that the RSPCA were planning to do a cliff rescue of a goat that had been trapped on cliffs at Porth-y-Rhaw, St Davids Head for the last 6 days. The DLA agreed that the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) would launch the following day (8th July) to stand-by whilst the goat was rescued.
On the 8th July crew members were telephoned to raise a crew and at 4.40pm the ILB launched. When they arrived on scene they found a small goat about 20 foot up 150 foot cliffs. The RSPCA cliff rescue team lowered two members down to the goat which was placed into a rescue bag and lowered down the cliff to the ILB. The ILB then stood-by whilst the team members returned to the top of the cliff and then headed back to the lifeboat station, arriving at 6.40pm. The goat was then handed over to it's owners.
Crew: Michael Phillips (Helm), Ben Hughes, Peter Roberts.
4th July 2010 – ALB
At 4.46pm the All weather Lifeboat (ALB) was launched to join Little Haven Inshore Lifeboat, coastguards and Rescue Helicopter 169 (Chivenor, Devon) to search for a swimmer reported in difficulties at Newgale by the RNLI lifeguards. After a thorough search all units were stood down at 6.13pm with the woman having been located safe and well onshore.
Crew: David John (Cox'n), Jestyn Martin, Nicholas Phillips, Gareth Morris, Mike Rogers (Mech), Ben Hughes, Harry Ledwith
28th June 2010 – ALB and ILB
At 2.05pm whilst searching for a missing woman (see below) the ALB was attracted by a kayaker who reported two other kayakers to be in difficulties near the Green Scar, Solva. The ALB took one man and his kayak on board whilst the ILB located the second and took him in tow. Both kayakers were then landed at Solva at 2.30pm and the lifeboats resumed the search.
Crew ALB: Ian Gray (Cox'n), Paul Taylor (Mech), Peter Roberts, John Bateman.
Crew ILB: William Chant (Helm), Simon Twitchen, Harry Ledwith
28th June 2010 – ALB and ILB
Both lifeboats launched at 1.35pm to join police, coastguards, Little Haven Inshore Lifeboat and the police helicopter in the search for a missing 35 year old woman in the Solva area – possibly on the coast path and in a distressed state. At 2.51pm the police confirmed that the woman had been located and all units were released from the search.
Crew ALB: Ian Gray (Cox'n), Paul Taylor (Mech), Peter Roberts, John Bateman.
Crew ILB: William Chant (Helm), Simon Twitchen, Harry Ledwith
27th June 2010 – ILB
The Inshore Lifeboat crew were paged at 5.02pm for two swimmers reported in difficulties at Pen-y-Cwm. After a short search by the ILB and Broad Haven Coastguard the people were located safe and well on shore.
Crew: Neil Thomas (Helm), Gareth Morris, Simon Twitchen.
22nd June 2010 – ALB
Lifeboat crew paged at 7.30am to assist the fishing vessel “Avalon” of Porthgain which had suffered engine failure. The crew were stood down before launching as another fishing boat came to the rescue.
12th June 2010 – ILB
At 4.30pm, following a request from Marine Life Rescue the ILB was launched to assist with transporting personnel to Porth Egr, near Porthgain. A seal had been reported trapped in fishing nets on a beach not accessible from land. However, when the ILB arrived the seal could not be found and at 6.10pm the ILB returned to station. As this was not an emergency launch the crew were not paged.
Crew: Robin Copley (Helm), Simon Thornton, Peter Roberts
3rd June 2010 – Medical Assistance
Lifeboat station personnel gave first aid treatment to a man who had fallen on the coastal path at St Justinians injuring his arm and hand. The gentleman was subsequently taken to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest for further treatment.
28th May 2010 - Missing Diver - ALB and ILB
On Friday 28th of May at 1:35pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats, under the command of coxswain David John & helmsman Dave Ward respectively, launched on service following a MayDay call from the dive vessel "Valley Divers" who reported that one of their divers was missing. The position given for the missing diver was near the Garland Stone Rock to the north of Skomer Island.
Also dispatched to the incident was Little Haven RNLI ILB and Angle RNLI ALB, together with rescue helicopter 169 from RAF Chivenor. There were also seven other vessels involved with the search.
The diver had gone missing at 1:10pm and after a search which lasted over two hours the diver was spotted by the vessel "Galway Fisher" at 3:30pm who directed the helicopter to his position. The helicopter airlifted the diver and although he was none the worse from his ordeal he was taken to Withybush Hospital for a check up.
All agencies were then released from the incident and St Davids Lifeboats returned to station rehousing at 4:35pm.
Crew ALB: David John, Michael Phillips, William Chant, Ian Gray & Pete Roberts.
Crew ILB: Dave Ward & Simon Twitchen.
21st May 2010 - Injured Coasteerer - ALB and ILB
On Friday the 21st of May at 1:03pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain Ian Gray and helmsman Simon Thornton respectively, launched on service to the aid of a girl with suspected spinal injuries.
The girl, who was with fellow 16-18 yr old students from Pembrokeshire College, was on a supervised coasteering exercise with TYF Adventure just east of Porthclais Harbour.
During the coaststeering the girl entered the water and on climbing onto rocks at the foot of the cliff complained of lower back pain. The TYF Adventure Instructor immediately contacted Milford Haven Coastguard and requested assistance. Both lifeboats were tasked together with Rescue Helicopter 169 from RAF Chivenor.
Once on scene crew members Mike Rogers from the ILB and Simon Twitchen from the ALB entered the water and stabilised the casualty with the assistance of the Instructor. Also in attendance were St Davids and Broad Haven coastguard teams together with Preseli Sector Coastguard Manager. It was decided at this point that the best way to evacuate the patient was by helicopter.
Both lifeboat crew members stayed with the patient and assisted the RAF paramedic in preparation for an airlift. Once the casualty was onboard the helicopter she was transferred to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
All units were then released with both lifeboats returning to station and rehousing at 2:35pm.
Volunteer Crews ALB: Ian Gray, Ffion Rees, Dave Ward, Simon Twitchen and Peter Roberts.
ILB: Simon Thornton, Mike Rogers and John Elsby.
18th May 2010 - Launch for Dog - ILB
On Tuesday 18th of May at 6:35pm St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat under the command of helmsman Michael Phillips launched on service to reports of a dog having fallen over the cliff in a position to the south of Porthgain Harbour. The lifeboat was on scene within 20mins and two members of the crew waded through the sea into the foot of the cliff to recover the dog.
They then proceeded to Porthgain Harbour to hand the dog into the care of a local coastguard team. The lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 7:40pm.
Volunteer Crew: Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees & Gareth Morris.
9th May 2010 - Seaman Evacuated from Oil Tanker - ALB
On Sunday the 9th of May at 9:38am St Davids RNLI lifeboat under the command of deputy 2nd coxswain Ian Gray launched on service to the aid of a Captain of a tanker who had been taken ill. The tanker "Mare Oriens" was at anchor in a position at the southern side of St Brides Bay.
Once on scene the lifeboat evacuated the Captain and one member of his crew and proceeded back to the lifeboat station. They were met there by a local coastguard team and paramedics, and were transferred by ambulance to Withybush Hospital Haverfordwest.
The lifeboat rehoused and was ready for service at 10:53am.
You can find a short video clip from this rescue ... here.
Volunteer Crew: Ian Gray, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Mike Rogers, Pete Roberts, Gareth Morris & Padrig Rees.
2nd May 2010 - Injured Woman - ILB
On Sunday May 2nd at 2:22pm St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat under the command of helmsman Robin Copley launched on service to the aid of a female in her mid 20s, who had suffered a suspected broken ankle. The lady was in Porth Melgan Bay, also proceeding to the scene were coastguard teams from St Davids & Fishguard together with a road & air ambulance.
Two members of the lifeboat crew landed on the beach and administered Entonox to alleviate the lady's pain. They were joined by other rescue teams who assisted them in the lady's care. It was decided to make use of the air ambulance and airlift her to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. Once that had taken place all teams were released from the incident with the inshore lifeboat rehousing at 3:40pm.
Volunteer Crew: Helmsman Robin Copley, Simon Twitchen, Peter Roberts & Ben Hughes.
2nd May 2010 - Ain't She Sweet - ALB
On Sunday May 2nd at 11:20am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat under the command of coxswain David John launched on service to the aid of the pleasure craft "Ain't She Sweet" which had two persons onboard. The casualty was in a position to the south end of Ramsey Island, and had suffered drive shaft failure. On scene and monitoring the situation was Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority Tony Pearce in his boat "Kimberley Jane".
The lifeboat was on scene within 10mins and set about attaching a tow line. The casualty was then taken under tow to the safety of Porthclais Harbour. On reaching the entrance of the harbour the tow was passed to the "Kimberley Jane" who secured the casualty onto a mooring. The lifeboat then proceeded back to station rehousing at 12:48pm.
There is a video on You Tube of the lifeboat launching for this service. See it ... here.
Crew: David John, Clive Hayes, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, Gareth Morris, Dave Ward & Simon Twitchen.
29th April 2010 - Sinking Yacht Investigated - ALB
On Thursday 29th April at 10:40am the lifeboat "Garside" was on passage from Conwy to St Davids under the command of coxswain David John. As the lifeboat was leaving the Conwy estuary they were alerted by Holyhead Coastguard to a yacht that had been reported to be sinking by a member of the public. The lifeboat proceeded to the location of the vessel which by now only had it's bows above the water. Within seconds the yacht had been completely submerged. At 11:10am, having ensured that there was nobody on board or in the water, the lifeboat was released to continue it's passage.
Crew: D John, M Phillips, M Cox, M Rogers, P Roberts.
14th April 2010 - Medical Assistance
On Wednesday April 14th at 4:45pm a 55yr old male holidaymaker suffered a severe diabetic attack at St Davids RNLI Station. The man's wife came running into the station's crew room requesting urgent assistance. Coxswain David John together with three RNLI volunteers went to his assistance. Medication was administered to the man from the lifeboat's first aid kit.
After 20 minutes he was taken into the crew room where he was given tea and after 45 minutes he made a complete recovery and was able to return with wife to his car. They were escorted by RNLI crew.
2nd April 2010 - ILB
On Friday the 2nd of April at 12:30 pm the St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, under the command of helmsman Mike Rogers, launched on service to the aid of a dog which had fallen over cliff. The dog had fallen 100ft down a cliff face and landed approximately 20ft from the bottom. The position was just north of Abereiddi Beach. The dog's owners were very concerned for it's well being and St Davids Coastguard wanted the pet rescued before someone tried climbing the cliff to retrieve it.
Once on scene lifeboat crewmember William Chant scaled the cliff face to rescue the dog,who was then returned to it's owners on the beach. The lifeboat then returned to station and rehoused at 1:55 pm.
Crew: Mike Rogers (helmsman), Simon Thornton and William Chant.
6th February 2010 - ALB and ILB
St Davids ILB and Rescue Helo 169 locate the casualty
On Saturday 6th of February at 10:20 am both St Davids RNLI all-weather &
inshore lifeboats under the command of coxswain David John & helmsman Neil
Thomas respectively, launched on service following reports of a surfer in
difficulties off Newgale Beach. A member of the public had reported seeing a
surfer at the north end of Newgale Beach and appeared to be in difficulties
being swept along with tide.
Both lifeboats arrived on scene within 25 minutes and commenced a search between the beach at Newgale to Cwm Bach at Penycwm. St Davids Coastguard team had also being deployed along with an RAF rescue helicopter that had been scrambled from Chivenor.
St Davids ILB searching in the Newgale Surf
Once on scene the helicopter, with its aerial advantage, sighted the surfer in a cave. Due to rough sea conditions, with 3-4m swells and breaking surf, it was decided that the best way to evacuate the casualty was by helicopter. Once the casualty had been airlifted he was transported to Withybush Hospital by helicopter.
Both lifeboats then returned to station, rehousing at 12:20pm.
Crew ALB: David John, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Robin Copley, William Chant, Mike Rogers & Peter Roberts.
Crew ILB: Neil Thomas, Ben Hughes & Harry
1st January 2010 - ALB and ILB
The New Year's Snow was fresh on the ground when St Davids RNLI lifeboats were launched for the first time in 2010 ...
On January 1st at 5.55pm both St Davids RNLI relief
all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and inshore lifeboat (ILB) under the command of
Coxswain David John and Helmsman Mike Rogers respectively, launched on service
following reports of a sighting of a red distress flare by a member of the
public. The flare had been sighted between Solva Harbour and Newgale
Both lifeboats with their volunteer crews were instructed by the coastguards to conduct a search between these two points. The ILB started it's search by going into Solva Harbour and then conducting a shoreline search to Newgale whilst the ALB carried out a visual and radar search of St Brides Bay.
After a long and thorough search by both lifeboats with all points covered, the search was terminated, and the incident treated as a false alarm with good intent. Both lifeboats arrived back at station at 8.10pm.
Crew ALB: David John, Robin Copley, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, William Chant, Gillian Gray, Nicholas Phillips & Ben Hughes.
Crew ILB: Mike Rogers, Peter Roberts & Harry Ledwith.