Services - 2012
13th December 2012 - ALB
St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Garside with its volunteer crew, launched on service to the aid of a 33 foot fishing boat on Thursday 13 December at 3.45pm.
The casualty vessel Lynn Catherine had two persons on board and had suffered total engine failure close to Carreg Rhosson rock.
As a result of the boat's engine failure it had also lost the use of its VHF radio, and as a result they had to rely on their mobile phone to call for assistance.
Once on scene the lifeboat crew secured a line to the casualty, and commenced a to take it under tow back to St Justinian. Once they had secured the boat safely onto its moorings the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 4.40pm.
21st October 2012 - ALB
On Sunday 21 October at 10.58pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched on service to assist and provide safety cover for Little Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat. Little Haven lifeboat was on scene at Pwll March near Penycwm, where on the beach was a 29 yr. old male who was in a serious condition.
Shortly after launching St Davids lifeboat was stood down and returned to station as the decision had been taken to evacuate the casualty by land. On scene were Broad Haven and St Davids coastguard teams, treating the casualty while awaiting the arrival of a RAF rescue helicopter 169 from Chivenor.
Once the helicopter arrived on scene the casualty together with paramedics were airlifted to Withybush Hospital, sadly the male was deceased.
A statement has been issued by the police “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the death of a 29 year-old male following an incident in PENYCWM, HAVERFORDWEST. More information will be released when available and appropriate.”
6th October 2012 - ILB
On Saturday 6 October at 3.55pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew of three, launched on service to the aid of a four metre speedboat, with one person on board, which had suffered engine failure. The casualty was to the south of the entrance to Porthgain Harbour and had been reported to coastguards by a member of the public who was on the coastal path.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 4.20pm and commenced to take the casualty under tow back to its moorings In Porthgain. After ensuring that the vessel was safely secured and occupant ashore, the lifeboat proceeded back to station rehousing at 5.05pm.
8th September 2012 – ILB
At approximately 2.40pm, whilst covering the Red Bull International Cliff Diving Competition being held at the Blue Lagoon, Abereiddi, the ILB came across 3 coasteerers who were having difficulty getting back to the beach. Two people were taken onto the ILB and landed at Abereiddi whilst the 3rd got ashore unaided.
7th September 2012 – ALB
St Davids ALB crew were paged at 5.19pm to 2 missing divers. Whilst the crew were mustering the divers were located and the lifeboat launch was cancelled at 5.32pm.
Three Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeboats were alerted on Friday (7 September) after two divers lost contact with their support vessel.
Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched at 5.14pm in response to a mayday that the divers were lost from sight of the support vessel off one of the islands of Skomer, Skokholm or Grassholm. A number of other vessels also responded, including a yacht, local fishing vessels and two tankers. The support vessel put up two flares, which allowed the tankers to give bearings from their position and narrow the search to south of Skomer. The yacht and a fishing vessel both closed the area and reported sighting the divers at almost the same time, which allowed the support vessel to locate and pick them up. Both were none the worse for their ordeal. Angle lifeboat was then about three minutes from the scene, and continued to the area to ensure the welfare of the divers.At 5.50pm the lifeboat headed back to her station and the support vessel returned to Dale.
Little and Broad Haven inshore lifeboat had also been launched, but was allowed to return to her station when the divers were located, and St Davids all-weather lifeboat was stood down just prior to launching
(This Press Release was filed by Ted Goddard Angle Press Officer)
31st August 2012 – Launch Request
Launch request received at 3.15pm for a child missing at Whitesands beach. Cancelled before launch as child had been located.
28th August 2012 - ILB
St Davids RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a capsized dinghy
On Tuesday August 27 at 5.03pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched on service to the aid of a laser type sailing dinghy which had capsized throwing its male sailor into the sea. The incident occurred near St Davids Head, and following a radio call by the coastguards to any vessels in the area, two craft responded - the fishing boat Chwarae Teg and the passenger boat Gower Ranger.
The fishing boat managed to get the male on board and right the dinghy and secured a tow line to the casualty. The lifeboat was on scene at 5.10pm and took over the rescue, taking the casualty under tow to Porthseli beach where they were met by the St Davids coastguard team.
The lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 5.30pm.
26th August 2012 - Launch Request
Milford Haven coastguard requested the launch of St Davids inshore lifeboat (ILB) at 3.15pm following reports of a missing child at Whitesands. As the crew were changing and the boat being prepared for launch the call was cancelled as the girl had been found safe and well. Whitesands RNLI lifeguards and St Davids coastguards were also tasked.
22nd August 2012 - ALB
St Davids RNLI launches to the aid of a fishing vessel
On Wednesday August 22 at 9.20pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Garside with its volunteer crew launched on service to the aid of a 11 metre fishing vessel which was on passage from Holyhead to Newlyn. The casualty vessel Imogen II with two persons on board suffered engine failure approximately six nautical miles west of St Davids Head.
As the lifeboat came alongside the vessel it had managed to start its engine. But due to the fact that it still had problems with its fuel line, which reduced its speed, it was decided that the lifeboat escort the vessel to Fishguard Harbour. This was a slow operation and at 11.10pm Fishguard RNLI lifeboat launched and made its way towards them, arriving off Strumble Head at 11.35pm. Fishguard lifeboat then took over escorting duties with them arriving back in Fishguard at 12.20am, while St Davids lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 12.55am.
14th August 2012 - ALB and ILB
On Tuesday August 14 at 5.20pm, following information recieved from a member of the public, both St Davids RNLI lifeboats, with their volunteer crews, launched on service to the aid of kayakers in difficulties due to the strong tide against them. The kayaks, one double with two persons and a single kayak with one person on board, were in a position near Gesail bay which is to the north of St Davids Head.
As the lifeboats were on their way they met with the double kayak, which had managed to make its way back, and reported that the single kayak was still in danger. The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and managed to get the kayaker and his kayak on board. The lifeboat took the casualty back to Whitesands beach, and managed to get to the beach despite the large surf, where they were met by RNLI lifeguards and coastguards from St Davids. While this was happening the all-weather lifeboat was monitoring the situation.
Both lifeboats then returned to station rehousing at 6.05pm.
2nd August 2012 - ALB and ILB
On Thursday August 2 at 11.39am both lifeboats were tasked following reports of a surfer missing in the sea at Whitesands. The inshore lifeboat launched but was stood down at 12.00 noon as the surfer was located safe and well, whilst the all-weather was cancelled prior to launching.
Whitesands RNLI lifeguards and St Davids coastguards were also involved with this incident.
1st August 2012 - ALB and ILB
On Wednesday August 1 at 3.40pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched on service following reports of 6 children on the rocks having been cut off by the tide at Caerfai Bay. St Davids coastguard team and a RAF rescue helicopter were also tasked. Soon after launching all units were stood down as the children had managed to get back to the beach. Both lifeboats returned to station, rehousing at 4pm.
30th July 2012 - ALB
At 2.00pm Milford Haven coastguards requested assistance to locate a carrier signal which had been blocking the VHF radio distress frequency (channel 16) for a number of hours. The lifeboat did not launch but was put out onto the slipway to use it's direction finding equipment to get a bearing on the signal.
26th July 2012 - ILB
Milford haven coastguards paged the ILB at 6.48pm for an injured woman on the cliffs at St Nons. However, before launching it became apparent that the woman was at the top of the cliffs not the bottom as first thought and the launch was cancelled.
21st July 2012 – ALB and ILB
After being released from the incident below at 5.42pm both lifeboats were tasked to locate the dive boat Barry Divers with five persons aboard, reported overdue for their return ashore. While making their way towards Ramsey Island the ALB located the vessel which was making its way back to Porthclais Harbour. With this incident now closed both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 6.10pm.
21st July 2012 – ALB and ILB
Both St Davids RNLI lifeboats go to the aid of an injured swimmer
On Saturday July 21 at 4.55pm whilst monitoring the Round Ramsey Boat Race, both St Davids RNLI all-weather (ALB) and inshore (ILB) lifeboats were tasked by the coastguards to go to the aid of an injured swimmer.
The swimmer, a 33 year old male, had dislocated his shoulder while diving into the sea at Pwll Bett approximately 100 yards west of Porhclais Harbour. Both lifeboats were on scene within 10 minutes, where they discovered that the swimmer had managed to scramble onto some rocks at the cliff base. A crew member from the ALB went aboard the ILB to assist in the rescue of the casualty.
After getting him aboard the inshore lifeboat it proceeded into Porthclais where, half way up the harbour, the casualty was transferred onto St Davids coastguard all-terrain vehicle to meet up with the ambulance at the roadside.
Once RNLI crew members and the coastguard team had handed the casualty into the care of paramedics he was taken to Withybush Hospital for treatment. The lifeboats were released at 5.42pm
20th July 2012 – Launch Request
At 5.55pm Milford Haven coastguard requested the launch of the ILB to assist coastguards with a dog near Solva harbour. The launch was cancelled when another boat helped to retrieve the animal.
18th July 2012 – Medivac
At 11.17am RNLI personnel responded to a 12 year old girl who had collapsed in the lifeboat station. First aid was provided until the arrival of an ambulance. The girl was stretchered up to the cliff top with the help of St Davids coastguards and the ambulance conveyed the girl to Withybush Hospital for further assessment.
16th July 2012 - ALB and ILB
On Monday July 16 at 5.25pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats, with their volunteer crews, launched on service following reports of a swimmer in difficulties between Porthseli and Whitesands beaches. A member of the public had reported this to Milford Haven coastguards. Also despatched to this incident were Whitesands RNLI lifeguards and a coastguard team from St Davids.
As both all-weather and inshore lifeboats commenced their inshore and offshore searches the message came through that the swimmer had come safely ashore at Whitesands where he was met by St Davids coastguards.
After making a sweep of the area to make sure no further person was in difficulties both lifeboats returned to station and rehoused at 5.50pm.
12th July 2012 - ILB
St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to kayakers in difficulties
On Thursday July 12 at 12.10pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew of three, launched on service to the aid of an inflatable kayak with two persons onboard reported to be in difficulties. Whitesands RNLI lifeguards reported seeing the kayak being swept along by the tide towards St Davids Head and informed the coastguards.
The kayakers were discovered north of St Davids Head and were unable to make it back safely ashore because of the strength of the tide against them. Once on scene the lifeboat took the kayakers onboard and brought them back ashore at Whitesands beach where they were met by a coastguard team from St Davids.
The lifeboat then proceeded back to station rehousing at 12.45.
11th July 2012 - ALB and ILB
Both St Davids RNLI lifeboats called to aid of an elderly man
On Wednesday July 11 at 2.50pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to the aid of a 67 year old man who had been taken ill on Ramsey Island.
Once at the island RSPB wardens transported two crewmembers about one mile from the harbour to the casualties position - one of the crew was RNLI assessor Dr Steve Hassan a qualified GP whose attendance would prove to be a great asset. St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.55pm with further first aid equipment and landed a further two crew onto the island, who were also taken to the scene by RSPB wardens.
The doctor and three crew were able to assist the man, providing oxygen and monitoring his condition, until the arrival of a RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor which arrived at about 3.30pm. The man was then airlifted to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest along with his wife.
After recovering their kit the crew made their way back to the lifeboats in the island's harbour and returned to station rehousing at 4.25pm.
11th June 2012 - ALB
At 11.15pm Milford Haven coastguards requested assistance to locate a carrier signal which had been blocking the VHF radio distress frequency (channel 16) for a number of hours. The lifeboat did not launch but was put out onto the slipway to use it's direction finding equipment to get a bearing on the signal.
6th June 2012 - ALB
St Davids All-weather Lifeboat Assists Yacht
At 8.45pm, shortly after returning from exercise, the volunteer crew of the all-weather lifeboat Garside were called to the aid of an 11 metre yacht Segura II , with three persons onboard which had suffered total engine failure in St Brides Bay. The RNLI lifeboat was on scene at 9.10pm and after securing a tow line to the yacht took it under tow to Milford Haven. This was a long and arduous service with them reaching their destination at ten minutes past midnight.
The lifeboat secured the yacht safely to the mackerel pontoon, which is situated outside the marina before returning to station and re-housing at 2.35am.
6th June 2012 - ALB and ILB
Two RNLI lifeboats from St Davids were diverted from an exercise at 7.08pm last night (6 June), after receiving a call from Milford Haven Coastguard expressing concern for the welfare of a 15-year-old boy who had been reported missing.
The inshore and all-weather RNLI lifeboats from St Davids were joined by Coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven, together with Police officers and a Police helicopter. While the RNLI lifeboats were conducting their shoreline search, it was reported that the boy had been located safely and on dry land between St Davids and Haverfordest. With this information all units were stood down and the RNLI lifeboats continued with their exercise.
After the exercise was complete, both lifeboats returned to station, re-housing at 8.20pm.
1st June 2012 - ALB
St Davids RNLI lifeboat tows in fishing vessel
On Friday June 1 at 2.40pm the St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Garside with its volunteer crew, launched on service to the aid of a 33ft fishing vessel which had suffered total engine failure. The vessel Lynn Catherine with its crew of two were close to Rhosson rock which is west of Ramsey Island. Once alongside the casualty and after securing a towline the lifeboat commenced to take the vessel undertow back to its moorings in St Justinian bay. After securing the vessel safely to the moorings the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 3.45pm.
7th May 2012 - ALB
At 6.04am on Monday May 7 St Davids RNLI lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched on service to rescue three persons, two men aged 41 and 49 and a 16 year old girl from Maryport Cumbria.
They had sent out a mayday transmission from their 30ft yacht Kent Venture, stating that they were approximately five nautical miles west of Ramsey Island, while on passage from Milford Haven to Workington Cumbria.
They had suffered a broken mast and engine failure and were in need of of urgent assistance.
Communications were patchy due to the mast being broken, but the lifeboat located them after approximately forty five minutes from the time of launch. The lifeboat crew then managed to secure a tow line to the yacht and proceeded to take it under tow to Fishguard Harbour. Whilst proceeding it was decided to take the three persons off the yacht to the lifeboat as two of the party were suffering from hypothermia. Meanwhile two lifeboat crewmembers boarded the yacht together with a salvage pump, as the vessel was taking on a bit of water.
Once at Fishguard Harbour, Fishguard inshore lifeboat launched and transferred the three persons ashore where they checked by ambulance paramedics, with no medical treatment required.
After securing the yacht onto the lifeboat emergency moorings, St Davids lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 12.55pm.
19th April 2012 - ALB and ILB
St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.10pm on Thursday 19th April to reports of seven kayakers, a party of advanced kayak instructors, in difficulties in rough seas near St Davids Head. Initial reports indicated that there were people in the water.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene it was quickly established that three people, one of which had been washed out of his kayak, were ashore on Porthmelgan beach. It was decided that St Davids inshore lifeboat should be launched to escort two of them back to Whitesands whilst St Davids coastguards brought one person to Whitesands in their 4x4.
Meanwhile the remaining four kayakers had come ashore at on a small beach at Gesail Bay, about 1 mile north east of St Davids Head. As the beach was inaccessible from land it was decided to evacuate the four men onto the lifeboat with an RAF rescue helicopter standing by. Sea conditions at Gesail Bay made it difficult to recover the kayakers and their equipment onto the lifeboat. Once all of the kayakers were onboard they were taken to Whitesands where they were met by the coastguard.
The lifeboats then returned to station arriving at 4.10pm.
3rd April 2012 - ILB
On Tuesday April 3 at 12.22pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat "Myrtle and Trevor Gurr" with its volunteer crew of three, launched on service following reports of an elderly woman who had fallen on the cliff path.
The woman had telephoned Milford Haven coastguards informing them that she had suffered a head injury while walking between St Justinians and Porthlisky bay along the coastal path. The coastguards had lost contact with the casualty, so the lifeboat was tasked to carry out a shoreline search from the lifeboat station at St Justinians towards Porthlisky.
When the lifeboat reached a point near the old copper mine they were alerted by members of the pubilc to the womans location. Helmsman Nicholas Phillips then steered the lifeboat to the shoreline where crew members William Chant and Harry Ledwith went ashore together with a first aid kit and oxygen.
Oon reaching the casualty the crewmen commenced first aid treatment and continued until the arrival of St Davids coastguard team, also dispatched to the incident were Fishguard coastguards, Preseli sector coastguard officer, together with air and land ambulances. After treatment she was conveyed to Withybush Hospital by land ambulance, with all units at this time stood down.
The lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 1.32pm.
7th January 2012 - ALB
On Saturday 7 January at 11.40am, St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service to the aid of a 33ft fishing vessel Lynn Catherine. The casualty vessel, with two people on board, had suffered a fouled propeller in Porthlysky bay. Another fishing vessel was on scene and stood by until the arrival of the lifeboat. Also dispatched to a cliff top vantage point was St Davids coastguard team.
The lifeboat arrived on scene within ten minutes and secured a line to the casualty and took it under tow back to St Justinian where it was secured to the lifeboat’s emergency moorings. The lifeboat returned to station, rehousing at 12.35pm.