Services - 2011
29th November 2011 - ILB
On Tuesday November 29 at 9.03am the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to the aid of two boat owners who were attempting to prevent their 25ft craft Island Trader 2 from being washed up onto the rocks.
The casualty vessel’s mooring line was parting and there was a fear that she would be severely damaged or lost. The lifeboat crew assisted the boat owners in successfully securing the vessel to the RNLI emergency moorings. Once this was completed the two boat owners were safely brought ashore with the lifeboat rehousing at 9.30am.
3rd November 2011 - ALB
St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched to the aid of two kayakers who had been thrown out of their kayaks and were in danger of drowning, on Thursday 3 November at 10.05am, following a request by coastguards. The casualties were on the north side of Newgale beach. Also despatched to this incident was Little Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat, coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven together with an RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor. The two kayakers were from a party of four - and the two ashore raised the alarm.
Coastguard teams discovered that the two casualties were clinging onto rocks at the foot of the cliffs. Due to sea conditions, it was decided that the most successful way of carrying out a rescue was by helicopter. Both lifeboats and coastguard teams stood by until the arrival of the helicopter. Once on scene a winching operation commenced. With no medical attention required, both casualties were landed safely onto the beach.
With everyone safe, all units were stood down and with the sea conditions so bad, St Davids lifeboat escorted Little Haven lifeboat back to its station. St Davids lifeboat then proceeded back to its station rehousing at 12.15pm.
25th September 2011 - ILB
On Sunday September 25 at 1.00pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to carry out a coastline search, for a possibility of persons in danger at the foot of cliffs or in the water. This followed information of four children’s and one adult wetsuits found on the coast path near Whitesands Beach.
The lifeboat carried out a search from Whitesands to St David’s Head and back. The St Davids coastguard team carried out a land search and also made enquires with people in the vicinity. With nothing found and nobody reported missing it was decided that the wetsuits had probably been forgotten.
At this time all units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station rehousing at 1.50pm. The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.
23rd September 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Friday September 23 at 5.37pm, both St Davids All-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service following reports of a person drifting in a dinghy off Caerfai Beach. A member of the public had telephoned the coastguards to report what he thought was a person in difficulties. The St Davids coastguard team was dispatched to Caerfai Beach and reported that the dinghy had made it safely ashore. After talking to the first informant and the person from the dinghy, they cancelled the call as no further assistance was required. Both lifeboats returned to station rehousing at 6.03pm.
The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.
19th September 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Monday 19 September at 9.43pm both St David’s RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats with their volunteer crews launched on service to the aid of a 65yr old male who had collapsed. The casualty, who was slipping in and out of consciousness, was in the farm house on Ramsey Island.
Both lifeboats arrived at the island at 9.50pm. Initially two crew members went ashore with a first aid kit and oxygen bottle, quickly followed by another two crewmembers taking a stretcher with them. After assessing the casualty they administered oxygen and placed him onto the stretcher. They proceeded to carry the casualty down a slippery path with very little light to the harbour where he was placed aboard the all-weather lifeboat at 10.20pm. He was then wrapped up in blankets for the journey back to the lifeboat station slipway where he was placed into the care of paramedics and the St Davids coastguard team at 10.32pm.
The lifeboat at this point had to stand off while the paramedics were attending to the casualty. Both lifeboats eventually rehoused at 11.20pm.
24th August 2011 - ILB
On Wednesday August 24th at 9.05am St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew of three, were tasked to search for a confused 35yr old male who was reported missing. There was concern for the male who had been last seen at 8pm the previous evening. His family, who were on holiday at Lleithyr caravan park were very concerned for his welfare and a large scale search commenced involving the lifeboat, three coastguard teams, police officers together with a police helicopter.
The lifeboat commenced its search from the lifeboat station up to Penllechwen, which is north of St Davids head, before turning around and continuing to search down to Solva harbour. Whilst this was taking place coastguards and police searched the terrain and outbuildings between St Davids Head and Solva. Police were also making enquiries with members of the public.
At 2.35pm, with the search lasting nearly six hours, word came that the male had been found safe and well in the Mathry area approximately ten miles from St Davids. With this information all units were stood down with the lifeboat rehousing at 2.45pm.
18th August 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Thursday August 18th at 8.45pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to search for the 33ft fishing vessel Marianne reported overdue from its moorings in Abercastle harbour. The vessel which had two persons on board was reported overdue by one of the crewmen’s family. MilfordHaven coastguards had made several attempts to call the vessel with no response.
While the lifeboats were about to commence their search towards the Abercastle area a coastguard team located the fishing vessel safe and well, having just secured themselves to their moorings.
With this information both lifeboats were stood down and returned station rehousing at 9.10pm.
17th August 2011 - ILB
On Wednesday August 17th at 12.05pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a man and his dog that were half way up a cliff face near Porthmelgan beach.
The lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, were soon on scene where they discovered a dog 30ft up from the base of the cliff and its owner a further 20ft up who had attempted to rescue it. The lifeboat stood by as safety cover while coastguard teams rescued the dog and its owner back to the safety of the cliff path.
After this had been completed the lifeboat was released from the incident and returned to station rehousing at 1.20pm.
14th August 2011 - ILB
One hour after returning from the previous incidents, at 5.20pm, the inshore lifeboat was paged after a mother had reported that her child was missing on Whitesands beach. Before the lifeboat launched the mother contacted RNLI lifeguards at Whitesands to say that the child had been found safe and well.
14th August 2011 - ILB
Whilst on service to two kayakers reported in difficulties near Porthclais (see below) another call came in at 3.50pm reporting that a dinghy with two males on board had suffered engine failure and was on an isolate beach near Solva harbour. The ILB was tasked to Solva and the all-weather lifeboat was put on stand-by for the kayakers.
Further information was received indicating that the dinghy was safely ashore at Solva harbour. The ILB returned to the incident with the kayakers at Porthclais.
14th August 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Sunday August 14th both St Davids RNLI lifeboats with their volunteer crews were tasked to the Porthclais area following a report by a member of the public that two kayakers were in difficulties. As the lifeboats prepared to launch information was received that the kayakers had come ashore; the all-weather was stood down at this time with the inshore lifeboat proceeding to check that they were all well.
Once on scene the lifeboat crew spoke to a number of kayakers to obtain information of the whereabouts of the people reported. Whilst they were doing so another call came in from the coastguards (see above). The inshore lifeboat meanwhile received information from a kayaker stating that he had assisted the original kayakers who were in difficulties back into their kayaks and they were now safely ashore.
The lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 4.15pm.
12th August 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Friday August 12th at 3.48pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service to the 33ft fishing vessel Lynn Catherine which was in danger of drifting onto rocks. The casualty vessel, with two persons on board, was off Abermawr on the west side of Ramsey Island and had suffered a fouled propeller.
The inshore lifeboat was launched as a precaution in the event of the vessel being washed onto the rocks but after receiving information that the passenger boat Ocean Ranger, which was in the vicinity, had managed to secure a line to the casualty and was holding it away from the rocks the inshore lifeboat stood by in St Justinians bay.
The all-weather was soon on scene and secured a line and proceeded to take the vessel under tow back to St Justinian where the inshore lifeboat assisted in the securing of the vessel to its moorings.
Both lifeboats then returned to station rehousing at 4.35pm.
10th August 2011 - ALB and ILB
St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at about 6.15pm to join St Davids coastguard rescue team and police in the search for a missing 14 year old french girl. However soon after launching the lifeboats and other search teams were recalled as the girl had been located.
9th August 2011 - ALB
On Tuesday August 9 at 4.20pm, St Davidís RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked by coastguards to go to the aid of the 16ft fishing vessel Kimberley Janewhich had suffered engine failure.
The lifeboat was making its way back from attending Solva Regatta when they received the call. The vessel was south of Ramsey sound and had deployed his anchor. The lifeboat was on scene within ten minutes, secured a towline and commenced to take the vessel under tow back to Porthclais harbour. After reaching the safety of the harbour entrance the lifeboat slipped the towline and returned to station rehousing at 5.20pm.
7th August 2011 - ILB
While the lifeboat was making its way back to the station from a call for a windsurfer who had been reported in difficulties at Whitesands they were called back to Whitesands by Milford Haven coastguards where two children had been reported missing. As the lifeboat was making its way back to Whitesands the children were found safe and well. The lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 3.05pm.
7th August 2011 - ILB
St Davidís RNLI inshore lifeboat with its volunteer crew was called out on Sunday August 7, following a request from local RNLI lifeguards of a windsurfer who was in difficulties off Whitesands beach.
The lifeboat launched at 2.42pm and proceeded to Whitesands arriving alongside the windsurfer 5 minutes later. The windsurfer told the crew that he was confident of making his own way ashore. The lifeboat stood by until he was safely ashore where he was met by RNLI lifeguards and a local coastguard team. The inshjore lifeboat was then released to return to station (see above).
5th August 2011 - ILB
On Friday August 5 at 11.39am the volunteer crew of St Davidís RNLI inshore lifeboat launched to the passenger vessel Viking Voyager to aid a 10 year old girl on board who had suffered a back injury.
The vessel was approximately two miles south of Ramsey Island, and was making its way back towards the lifeboat station. Once the lifeboat came alongside the vessel, a lifeboat crew member boarded it and carried out a check on the girl. After consulting the child's parents it was decided to leave the girl on board the vessel. The lifeboat escorted the passenger boat back to the lifeboat station, where the child was handed into the care of waiting paramedics and a local coastguard team.
30th July 2011 - ALB
On Saturday July 30 at 4.15pm the St Davids RNLI all-weather
lifeboat Garside, with its volunteer crewmembers, were tasked to the
vessel MI AMMIGO which had reported that she was taking on water in a
PAN-PAN broadcast. The casualty vessel had first reported that they were in a
position to the south of Skokholm island, but several vessels in the area could
not locate them.
St Davids lifeboat commenced a search from the south side of Skomer island going into Broad Sound. At this time Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat was making its way out of Milford Haven waterway to join the search where they found the casualty vessel north east of Skokholm. With Angle lifeboat alongside the vessel giving assistance with their salvage pump they proceeded to escort them back safely ashore.
St Davids lifeboat was stood down and returned to station rehousing at 5.40pm.
30th July 2011 - ILB
On Saturday July 30 at 1.30pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat with a volunteer crew of four were tasked to go to the aid of a 22yr old male who had dislocated his knee after falling to the base of the cliffs while attempting to climb them. The incident happened approximately 50 metres to the north of Porthclais harbour. The lifeboat was soon on scene where three lifeboatmen entered the water to assist the casualty onto the lifeboat. They then proceeded into the harbour where they were met by a local coastguard team and ambulance paramedics. The lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 2.15pm.
27th July 2011 - ALB and ILB
At 2.15pm St Davids all-weather and inshore lifeboat crews were alerted by Milford Haven coastguard to two ten year old girls reported missing at Whitesands Beach. The all-weather lifeboat was already at sea on engine trials and was able to proceed immediately. Meanwhile the inshore lifeboat crew were paged. However, before arriving at Whitesands both lifeboats were stood-down following confirmation that the RNLI beach lifeguards at Whitesands had located the two girls safe and well.
25th July 2011 - ALB
On Monday July 25 at 11.15pm, following a distress call from the 10 metre fishing vessel Crystal Kay, St Davidís RNLI all-weather lifeboat with its volunteer crew of seven launched on service.
The casualty vessel was approximately two nautical miles south of the Hats & Barrels rocks and had lost all power due to an electrical fault. The lifeboat arrived on scene after one hour and two lifeboat crewmembers boarded the vessel and managed to get it's engine restarted. Due to the fact that the casualty vessel was on restricted power and there was concern because there was still a fault, it was decided that the lifeboat escort them to St Anneís Head near the entrance to Milford Haven. The restricted speed of seven knots meant it took them nearly three hours, with the lifeboat departing the casualty at 3.15am and arriving back at station and rehousing at 4.25am.
25th July 2011 - ILB
St Davidís RNLI inshore lifeboat with its volunteer crew of three launched on service on Monday July 25 at 10.30pm, following reports of flashing lights spotted at the base of cliffs near Whitesands Beach.
The lifeboat was soon on scene where they found two people fishing at the base of the cliff near St Davidís Head. They stated that they were not in any danger and did not require any assistance. They were wearing head torches, which had alerted members of the public to the possibility of people in danger. A local coastguard team also attended, then the lifeboat returned to station, rehousing at 10.55pm.
The incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent.
21st July 2011 - ALB and ILB
Both St Davidís RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched by their volunteer crews at 10.30pm on Thursday 21 July to rescue an intoxicated man on rocks in Solva harbour.
Both lifeboats made their way to Solva, arriving within 25 minutes. Police officers had received a report of a man in a dinghy in harbour, who was intoxicated and was shouting at members of the public. The officers had made several attempts to get the man to come ashore but he refused to do so. The all-weather lifeboat illuminated the area and the man was found to be clinging to some rocks after falling out of his dinghy. After a period of time, the inshore lifeboat crew managed to persuade the man to come aboard the lifeboat. They took the man and his dinghy back to the shore, where he was handed into the custody of police officers.
Also in attendance was a local coastguard team. Both lifeboats returned to station, rehousing at 11.40pm.
14th June 2011 - ALB
Three Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeboats search for fisherman
Three Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeboats were launched on Tuesday morning (14 June), at the request of Milford Haven Coastguard, to search for a crewman lost overboard from a fishing vessel. The 11.9 metre vessel About Time had finished fishing and was heading back to her Milford Haven base when she reported at 8.21 am that one of her three crew members was missing. She was then off St Anne's Head and the Coastguard initiated a mayday relay broadcast to secure help from other vessels in the area.
RNLI all-weather lifeboats at Angle and St Davids were launched, together with Angle's RNLI inshore lifeboat, and they searched an area of sea from south-west of St Anne's Head to St Bride's Bay, including off the islands of Skomer, Skokholm and Grassholm. Coastguard rescue teams from Dale and Broad Haven were also alerted, together with an RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor. Fourteen other vessels also took part in the search.
No trace of the missing fisherman was found, however, and that afternoon the search was terminated with the three lifeboats being stood down. They returned to their stations at about 3.30pm.
Coastguard Watch Manager at Milford Haven, Nigel Yellend, said: "An extensive search was undertaken by many vessels in the hope of finding this missing fisherman. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a lifejacket, which could have aided in his survivability in this incident.'
11th June 2011 - ILB
On Saturday June 11 at 6:40pm the St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat
(ILB) with its volunteer crew of three launched on service to the aid of a 5
metre rigid inflatable dive boat. The dive boat "Bob" had six
persons onboard and had run out of fuel, was in a position
approximately half a mile to the west of the Green Scar Rock off Solva. The ILB
was on scene at 6:55pm and secured a tow line to the boat and proceeded to take
it under tow to Porthclais Harbour. They arrived at the harbour at 7:30pm where
they were met by a local coastguard team. After making sure that everyone
was safely ashore the ILB returned to its station rehousing at
Crew: Mike Phillips (Helm), Mike Chant, Roger Smith
4th June 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday June 4 at 5:15pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service to the aid of a windsurfer off Newgale Beach, who was in difficulties by the strong tides and was unable to get back on his surfboard or make it ashore through exhaustion. Also dispatched to this incident was Little Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat, together with a local coastguard team.
Whilst both St Davids Lifeboats were proceeding to Newgale they received a message that Little Haven ILB had successfully picked up the windsurfer and his equipment and were bringing him safely ashore. TheSt Davids Lifeboats were stood down and relieved of their duties to return to their station, rehousing at 5:40pm.
1st June 2011 - ILB
St Davids inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 1:30pm following reports of a windsurfer in difficulties at Whitesands. However, with the crew assembled and the lifeboat ready to launch, the launch was cancelled as Milford Haven coastguard had been able to establish that the casualty was safe having been rescued by the RNLI lifeguards.
28th April 2011 - ALB
On Thursday April 28 at 10:25pm St Davids RNLI lifeboat "Garside "with a crew of seven launched on service to the aid of a 33ft passenger vessel "Dale Princess " which had two persons onboard and had a rope around its propeller. Without control over the vessel it was swept onto rocks in the entrance to Martins Haven in St Brides Bay. Also dispatched to this incident was Angle RNLI lifeboat "Mark Mason " together with a coastguard team from Dale.
Angle lifeboat arrived on scene approximately 10mins before St Davids lifeboat, and by this time the casualty vessel had managed to pull itself free and secure itself to its moorings. Angle lifeboat deployed its daughter boat the Y class inflatable, to inspect the vessel for damage to its hull. With Milford Haven Coastguards and the vessel's crew happy, the "Dale Princess " made its way under its own power to Neyland Marina. Both lifeboats were then released and returned to their respective stations, both rehousing at midnight.
Crew: David John (Coxswain), Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin,
Robin Copley, Simon Thornton, Nicholas Phillips and Mike Rogers
23rd April 2011 - ILB
On Saturday April 23 at 10:50am St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with a crew of three, launched on service to the aid of a 18ft pleasure vessel "Black Magic" which had suffered engine failure. The vessel which had two persons onboard, was in a position approximately two miles off Porthclais Harbour. Once the lifeboat was on scene it took the casualty vessel undertow back to its moorings at Porthclais. When the vessel was securely attached to its moorings, the lifeboat returned to its station rehousing at 11:50am.
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Crew: Mike Phillips (Helm), Gareth Morris, Peter Roberts.
22nd April 2011 - ALB
On Friday April 22 at 12:25pm the St Davids RNLI Lifeboat
"Garside" with a crew of seven launched on service to the aid of a 26ft
passenger vessel "Aquaphilia" . The vessel with three passengers and
two crew onboard had been out to Grassholm Island on a pleasure trip and on the
return journey suffered a fault to their compass. Due to thick fog, they
were unsure of their position and requested the assistance of a lifeboat.
The lifeboat had to use its radar and direction finder equipment to locate the vessel, which was in a position between Grassholm and the South Bishops rock. Once on scene they escorted the vessel back to St Justinian, with the lifeboat rehousing at 1:50pm.
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Crew: Robin Copley (Coxswain), Mike Phillips, Jestyn Martin,
Nicholas Phillips, Simon Twitchen, Roger Smith, Mike Chant
19th April 2011 - ILB
On Tuesday April 19th at 5pm St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat with
a crew of three launched on service to the aid of a 18ft sailing dinghy off
Whitesands Beach which was in difficulties. The dinghy which had one male adult
plus three children (one boy and two girls) onboard, had suffered rigging
failure and was at risk of being swept onto rocks. The inshore lifeboat was on
scene within minutes and managed to secure a tow line.
The dinghy was then taken under tow back to the safety of Whitesands Beach. After making sure that everyone was safely ashore the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 5:36pm.
Crew: Robin Copley (Helm), Gareth Morris and Harry Ledwith.
8th April 2011 - ILB
RNLI crew rescuing the dog fallen from cliffs near Abereiddi. Photo by John Ware.
On Friday April 8 at 11:50am following reports of members of the
public attempting to rescue a dog, St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) with a
crew of four launched on service. As Milford Haven coastguards were concerned
for the welfare of the public it was decided that the best way to rescue the dog
which was 130ft down the cliff near Barry Island Farm, which is north of
Abereiddi Beach, was from the sea using the ILB.
The public managed to make there way back to the safety of the cliff top, also dispatched were local coastguard team. Once on scene the ILB safely rescued the dog but due to heavy swells on the coastline a decision was made to return the dog to the lifeboat station where it was met by its owner. The lifeboat rehoused at the boathouse at 1:25pm.
Crew: Mike Phillips (Helm), Nicholas Phillips, Ffion Rees and Mike Rogers.
26th February 2011 - ALB and ILB
On Saturday 26th February at 1:26pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats under the command of 2nd coxswain Clive Hayes and helmsman Simon Thornton respectively, launched on service to the aid of the 21ft fishing vessel Katrina with two persons onboard. The vessel, which was off St Nons, had suffered total engine failure and required immediate assistance.
lifeboats made good speed to the location where the all-weather lifeboat
secured a tow line to the casualty vessel and then proceed to take it under tow
back to the safety of a safe anchorage at St Justinian Bay.
Once it was securely moored both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 2:30pm.
Crew ALB: Clive Hayes, Michael Phillips, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees, Gareth Morris & Roger Smith.
C rew ILB: William Chant, Simon Thornton, Dave Ward & Simon Twitchen.
Shore crew: David Griffiths, Ceri Davies, Malcolm Gray, Mike Rogers.
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