St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station
Shouts 2017 ALB = All-weather Lifeboat - 16-26 Tamar ‘Norah Wortley’ ILB = Inshore Lifeboat  - D-704  ‘Myrtle & Trevor Gurr’ 27th October 2017 - ALB On Friday October 27 at 8.10pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to search for a rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) with three persons onboard which was reported overdue back at Dale.  The vessel was reported to be shark fishing in an area between the Smalls lighthouse into the Celtic Deep.   Other units tasked were Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Dale Coastguard team, Coastguard helicopter R187 together with Dyfed Powys Police officers.   The St Davids lifeboat headed for The Smalls lighthouse and then commenced its search using its search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR camera.   At its furthest point the lifeboat was 27 miles south west of the station. Soon after arriving on scene the helicopter R187 found a RHIB matching the description heading back to Dale. Once it was confirmed by Dale Coastguards that this was the vessel that had been reported overdue, all units were stood with the lifeboat arriving back at St Davids lifeboat station at 11.30pm. 7th October 2017 - ALB On Saturday October 7th at 8.40pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched on service to search for a missing teenager.  Also tasked to this incident were H M coastguard rescue teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police officers. The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search between Porthgain harbour and Abercastle using search lights, night vision goggles and our FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera.  Shortly afterwards a message was received that the teenage girl had been found safe by coastguards near Trefin and she was being conveyed to hospital for treatment. With this information received all units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station, arriving back at 10.45pm. 2nd September 2017 - ALB On Saturday September (2) at 10.44am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service following the activation of an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).  The lifeboat was tasked by UK coastguards to conduct a coastal search between Rickets Head passed Broad Haven to Stack Rocks, then returned to Rickets Head. After completing the task with nothing found, coastguards decided it must have been activated on land. The lifeboat was then stood down, to return to station arriving back at 12.20pm. 27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Sunday August (27) at 6.20pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a 11yr old boy with suspected spinal injuries at the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy.  Also tasked to the incident were HM Coastguards from St. Davids and Fishguard and coastguard rescue helicopter R187. The inshore lifeboat arrived quickly on scene and dropped two crew members ashore to assist with the treatment of the casualty. Fortunately, there was a HEMS doctor on holiday at the Blue Lagoon who lead the treatment.  The all- weather lifeboat stood off ready to put extra crew ashore if needed, also to act as an optional platform to convey the casualty to a shore side site. Once the helicopter arrived at the scene it landed at the cliff top.  The casualty was then placed into a stretcher and carried to the helicopter and conveyed to hospital. Both lifeboats were then released from this incident and once the two crew members were recovered to the inshore lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 8.30pm. 26/27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Saturday August (26) at 10.30pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a sighting of a red flare, also two kayakers near Abereiddi beach.  A vehicle was found in the carpark at Abereiddi which had a roof rack which would hold two kayaks. A thorough search was carried out between Porthgain harbour and St Davids Head using search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera. The all-weather lifeboat was searching approximately one mile offshore while the inshore lifeboat carried out inshore search into caves and inlets.  HM coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard searched from the coastal path, also in attendance were officers from Dyfed Powys Police. The inshore lifeboat then found two kayaks on the sand in Porthmelgan, crew members went ashore and found a tent which was occupied by two persons.  They confirmed that they owned the kayaks and the vehicle at Abereiddi, but they had not fired any flares. With this information, and a thorough search of the area, all units were stood down and the incident treated as a false alarm with good intent.  Both lifeboats returned to station arriving back at 1.30am. 24th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Thursday August (24) at 1.30pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a woman who had fallen approximately 30ft onto rocks at Carreg Y Barcud near to Caerfai beach.  Shortly afterwards at 1.35pm the all-weather lifeboat launched to the same incident. The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and put crew members ashore to treat the casualty. UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven together with a coastguard rescue helicopter R187 had also been tasked. The helicopter lowered their paramedic to assess the woman and it was decided to winch the casualty to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.  Both lifeboats stood off while the winching operation was taking place. Once this was completed, both lifeboats were released from the incident to return to station arriving back at 4.00pm. This was fine example of multi-agency team work. 22nd August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August (22) at 4.18pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) were tasked to a medical evacuation from Porthmelgan where a female casualty was reported to have fallen and sustained serious arm injuries.  St Davids RNLI lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards were first on scene, also tasked was coastguard rescue helicopter 187 due to the reported serious nature of her injuries.  UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven were also in attendance. The casualty was assessed and treated on scene before the ILB transferred her to Whitesands to be met by Broad Haven Coastguard Rescue team and NHS Welsh Ambulance Trust.  After handing over the casualty to ambulance paramedics the lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 5.46pm. 22nd August 2017 - ALB St Davids Tamar lifeboat launched at 2.35pm following reports from RNLI Lifeguards at Whitesands that a group of kayakers appeared to be in difficulties at the northern end of Ramsey Sound.  On arriving it was found that they kayakers were not in need of any assistance.  Rehoused at 3.00pm. 21st August 2017 - ALB At 3.13pm the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged to “Immediate Readiness” to launch after a 10m passenger RIB reported loss of power at the northern end of Ramsey Island.  The launch was cancelled after another boat took the vessel under tow. 19th August 2017 - ALB St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched at about 5.30pm to support Little Haven inshore lifeboat which had been called to two kayakers reported in difficulties in rough seas at the southern end of Newgale beach.  The Little Haven lifeboat recovered the two people from the rocks and landed them at Newgale.  All units were then released to return to station. 15th August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August 15 at 3.45pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to search for missing 12yr old boy who was last seen at Porthmelgan, Whitesands Bay.  The lifeboat commenced a search from the south end of Whitesands beach to Porthmelgan.  While the search was being carried out the boy was found safe and well, and reunited with his family. With this good news the lifeboat was released to return to station arriving back at 4.35pm. Also tasked to this incident were HM Coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police. 9th August 2017 - ILB On Wednesday August 9 at 5.17pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a woman with a suspected broken ankle.  The casualty was at Porth Lleuog beach, just north of Whitesands beach, also tasked were St Davids coastguard team together with RNLI lifeguards. Once on scene, the casualty was given further first aid to help enable her to be lifted into the ILB. She was then transferred to nearby Whitesands beach, and handed over into the care of ambulance paramedics, a classic example of multi agencies working together.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station arriving back at 6.11pm. Picture credit: St Davids Coastguards 1st August 2017 - ILB and ALB Inshore lifeboat launched at 2.17pm to reports of a body at the base of the cliffs at Caerbwdi.  As the ILB was proceeding the coastguards also tasked St Davids all-weather lifeboat and the Irish Rescue Helicopter 117 to the scene along with St Davids coastguard team.  As the rescue units were arriving on scene the coastguards were able to establish that the reported person was only sleeping in the sun and that the report by a member of the public was a false alarm.  The lifebost returned to station at 3.00pm. 1st August 2017 - ALB On Tuesday August 1 at 1.40pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) were tasked to a commercial dive vessel "Wandrin' Star" that broadcast a Pan Pan urgency message to say that she was taking on water between Abereiddi and Porthgain. The lifeboat was on scene quickly and put three crew members and a salvage pump onboard to start pumping out the vessel. With the water level dropping, the source of the incoming water was found and fixed. An Irish coastguard rescue helicopter was also tasked to the incident.  However, as the lifeboat escorting the dive vessel a second tasking was issued (see above). 28th July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 28 at 9.12pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a man cut off by the tide at Porthlleuog at the northern end of Whitesands beach.  By the time the lifeboat and St Davids coastguards had arrived he had climbed about 30ft up a 90ft cliff but, finding that the cliff face was loose, had decided not to attempt to go further. The coastguard cliff rescue team evaluated the possibility of a rope rescue but considered that the cliff was too dangerous and suggested that a helicopter rescue would be necessary.  However, the man was able to climb part way back down the cliff where he was met by two lifeboat crew who assisted him down to the boat. He was landed onto Whitesands beach uninjured but shaken by his experience.  The lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 9.50pm. 21st July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 21 at 10.26am St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with it’s volunteer crew, launched on service following a report by a member of the public of two swimmers in difficulties near Caerfai Beach. The lifeboat was soon on scene and commenced a shoreline search where they came across two simmers who reported that they did not require assistance.  The swimmers then went ashore to be met by St Davids coastguards, then lifeboat then departed the scene and returned to station, rehoused, refuelled and was ready for service at 11.00am. 20th July 2017 - ALB and ILB On Thursday July 20 at 4.24pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a report of a swimmer in difficulties betweeb Whitesands and Porthselau.  The lifeboat immediately commenced a shoreline search between these two locations. At approximately 5.20pm the UK Coastguards tasked the St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat to join the search, by which time coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, together with a coastguard rescue helicopter 187, were also on scene.  RNLI lifeguards were also involved. Whilst the search was being carried out at 6.15pm information was received from the coastal teams that the swimmer had exited the sea and was safely ashore.  With this information all units were stood down, the inshore lifeboat returned to station while the all-weather lifeboat proceeded to st Brides Bay to carry out a prearranged exercise involving both Angle and Little & Broad Haven lifeboats. 2nd July 2017 - ILB On Sunday July (2nd) at 4.24pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, launched on service to a 16ft boat which had suffered engine failure and required assistance.  The casualty vessel with 4 persons onboard was in Caerbwdi bay.  None of the persons onboard, required any medical attention. Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew secured to tow line to the boat and commenced to take it under tow into Porthclais harbour.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 5.32pm. 23rd June 2017 - ALB At about 6.00pm, whilst preparing the ALB to launch on exercise, we were informed that two kayakers could be in difficulties in Ramsey Sound, about quarter of a mile from the lifeboat station.  One was attempting to tow the other and it’s occupant who appeared unable to get back aboard after capsizing and both were being carried by the tide. On arrival the lifeboat found they kayakers had been managed to grab a mooring buoy which had allowed the kayaker in the water to get back into his kayak.  Having ensured that both were OK the lifeboat watched them ashore before continuing with their exercise. 23rd June 2017 - ILB On Friday June (23) at 12.36pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched on service to a 40yr old male who had suffered a broken ankle and needed to be evacuated from Porthmelgan beach. Once on scene, and with the aid of St Davids coastguard team, the casualty was placed onto the lifeboat and conveyed to the nearby Whitesands beach, where they were met by Fishguard coastguard team who carried the male to a waiting ambulance, for conveyance to hospital. With this tasking complete the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 1.45pm. 21 June 2017 - ALB ST DAVIDS RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched to the aid of a ten metre yacht stranded one nautical mile east of St David's Head.  The yacht, with two crew on-board, was on passage from North Wales to Porthcawl. She had suffered electronic navigational failure and was stuck in thick fog, with visibility of less than 50 metres. The lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 5.50pm and was soon on scene. The lifeboat then escorted the yacht back to the RNLI mooring at St Justinians where they remained overnight until visibility improved and they were able to continue their passage to Milford Haven.  The lifeboat rehoused at 7.40pm. 15th June 2017 - ALB The all-weather lifeboat crew were paged at 4.09pm to assist Little Haven RNLI lifeboat and Broad Haven coastguards to search for a kite surfer reported to be missing at Broad Haven beach.  A rescue helicopter was also being tasked to the incident.  As the lifeboat was about to launch news was received that the kitesurfer had been located by the coastguard team.  Stood down at 4.22pm. 6th June 2017 - ILB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, the volunteer crew if the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at St Davids were called upon to assist the owner of a 10m RIB which was taking on water at St Justinians.  The ILB transferred the salvage pump from the station’s all-weather lifeboat and this was able to drain the water from the vessel’s hull allowing it to be taken to Porthclais and taken out of the water.  The ILB rehoused at 1.15pm. 3rd June 2017 - ALB On Saturday June (3rd) at 4.08pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley, launched on service to the aid of a seven metre rigid inflatable boat which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel, with three persons onboard, was in a position approximately half a nautical mile west of Abereiddi beach. The lifeboat arrived on scene within 15 minutes, the volunteer crew then secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced to take it under tow to Porthgain harbour.  After arriving at the entrance to the harbour, the lifeboat deployed their Y class inflatable to take the casualty ashore. With this task complete the lifeboat recovered its Y boat and proceeded back to station arriving back at 5.40pm. 13th May 2017 - ALB A 999 call reporting children in difficulty in the water off Broad Haven beach sparked a multi-agency rescue operation. Coastguards received the emergency call at 4.15 pm. The caller said several children had capsized from a canoe and were in trouble in the sea.  Coastguard HQ immediately tasked St Davids all-weather lifeboat, Little Haven inshore lifeboat and coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were tasked to the scene, as well as Broad Haven coastguard crew. Little Haven lifeboat was the first to arrive at the beach and found that the four people, three children and an adult all on holiday, had safely reached the shore and were being attended to by the coastguard team, who also offered safety advice. St Davids lifeboat was stood down before launching and the rescue helicopter, which had already set off, was also stood down. 7th May 2017 - ILB Following the search the previous day for a missing man in the St Davids Head area, St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 11.00am to carry out a shore line search, while coastguard teams carried out a coastal search. With nothing found the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 12.50pm. 6th May 2017 - ALB and ILB On Saturday May (6th) at 3.10pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to the St Davids head area, following a report of a man in the sea clinging to rocks.  A member of the public reported this to UK coastguards, in which time the man had disappeared from the informant’s sight. With strong tides in this location St Davids lifeboat requested the launch of Fishguard RNLI to assist them in the search.  Also on scene were two local passenger ribs Atlantic Storm and Viking Pioneer who assisted with the search. Three coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, a UK coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan and Dyfed Powys Police officers were also involved. The search lasted until 9.30pm and with light fading all units were stood down. 21st April 2017 - ALB On Friday April (21) at 2.55pm the UK coastguards tasked St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley to the aid of the 10 metre fishing vessel Mari Ann which had 2 persons onboard and had suffered steering failure.  The casualty vessel was in a position just north west of the North Bishops rock. The lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes, the volunteer lifeboat crew then secured a tow line to the vessel. After doing this the lifeboat took the casualty under tow to its moorings in Fishguard harbour. Once they had safely secured the vessel to its moorings, the lifeboat returned to station arriving back and rehousing at 6.40pm. 17th April 2017 - ALB On Monday April (17) at 11.30am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was tasked, following a mayday transmission received by UK Coastguards, to the pleasure craft Amigos which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel with three persons onboard was close to the Rhosson rock. First to arrive on scene were the passenger vessels Gower Ranger and Viking Voyager. Gower Ranger secured a line to the casualty and held in a safe position until the arrival of the lifeboat.  Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew took over, and secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced taking it under tow to the entrance of Porthclais harbour. On arrival at the Porthclais entrance the tow was taken over by a pleasure vessel where it was taken safely into the harbour.  Once this was complete the lifeboat returned arriving back, for rehousing at 1.30pm. 30th March 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 6.30pm to attend Abereiddi where a dog had fallen over the cliff and the owner was attempting a rescue.  On arrival the ILB crew located the animal about 10m down a 30m cliff.  St Davids and Fishguard coastguard teams recovered the dog to the clifftop to had the dog, which had only minor injuries, back to it’s owner who had returned to the clifftop by themselves.  Rehoused at 9.10pm. 4th March 2017 - ALB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, coastguards alerted the crew to reports of an object in the water at Pwllcrochan, near Strumble Head.  A search of the area was carried out by the lifeboat and Fishguard coastguards and the object spotted at the base of the cliffs.  In order to identify it the Y-boat was deployed and was able to get close enough to confirm that it was a dead horse.  As it was in the surf line the decision was taken not to attempt a recovery and the lifeboat returned to station at 1.00pm. 20th February 2017 - ALB ALB launched at 5.03pm to a 10m yacht in difficulties near the North Bishop rocks.  On arrival the lifeboat crew put a tow rope onto the casualty, which had two people on board, and took it under tow to Milford Haven marina.  Rehoused at 9.55pm. 15th January 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 11.30am to reports of a dog over the cliff near Solva.  On arrival, with the help of St Davids coastguard, the dog was located, recovered into the lifeboat and taken into Solva Harbour.  Sadly the dog had died of it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm. it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm.
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Shouts 2017 ALB = All-weather Lifeboat - 16-26 Tamar ‘Norah Wortley’ ILB = Inshore Lifeboat  - D-704  ‘Myrtle & Trevor Gurr’ 27th October 2017 - ALB On Friday October 27 at 8.10pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to search for a rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) with three persons onboard which was reported overdue back at Dale.  The vessel was reported to be shark fishing in an area between the Smalls lighthouse into the Celtic Deep.   Other units tasked were Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Dale Coastguard team, Coastguard helicopter R187 together with Dyfed Powys Police officers.   The St Davids lifeboat headed for The Smalls lighthouse and then commenced its search using its search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR camera.   At its furthest point the lifeboat was 27 miles south west of the station. Soon after arriving on scene the helicopter R187 found a RHIB matching the description heading back to Dale. Once it was confirmed by Dale Coastguards that this was the vessel that had been reported overdue, all units were stood with the lifeboat arriving back at St Davids lifeboat station at 11.30pm. 7th October 2017 - ALB On Saturday October 7th at 8.40pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched on service to search for a missing teenager.  Also tasked to this incident were H M coastguard rescue teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police officers. The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search between Porthgain harbour and Abercastle using search lights, night vision goggles and our FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera.  Shortly afterwards a message was received that the teenage girl had been found safe by coastguards near Trefin and she was being conveyed to hospital for treatment. With this information received all units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station, arriving back at 10.45pm. 2nd September 2017 - ALB On Saturday September (2) at 10.44am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service following the activation of an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).  The lifeboat was tasked by UK coastguards to conduct a coastal search between Rickets Head passed Broad Haven to Stack Rocks, then returned to Rickets Head. After completing the task with nothing found, coastguards decided it must have been activated on land. The lifeboat was then stood down, to return to station arriving back at 12.20pm. 27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Sunday August (27) at 6.20pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a 11yr old boy with suspected spinal injuries at the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy.  Also tasked to the incident were HM Coastguards from St. Davids and Fishguard and coastguard rescue helicopter R187. The inshore lifeboat arrived quickly on scene and dropped two crew members ashore to assist with the treatment of the casualty. Fortunately, there was a HEMS doctor on holiday at the Blue Lagoon who lead the treatment.  The all-weather lifeboat stood off ready to put extra crew ashore if needed, also to act as an optional platform to convey the casualty to a shore side site. Once the helicopter arrived at the scene it landed at the cliff top.  The casualty was then placed into a stretcher and carried to the helicopter and conveyed to hospital. Both lifeboats were then released from this incident and once the two crew members were recovered to the inshore lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 8.30pm. 26/27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Saturday August (26) at 10.30pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a sighting of a red flare, also two kayakers near Abereiddi beach.  A vehicle was found in the carpark at Abereiddi which had a roof rack which would hold two kayaks. A thorough search was carried out between Porthgain harbour and St Davids Head using search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera. The all-weather lifeboat was searching approximately one mile offshore while the inshore lifeboat carried out inshore search into caves and inlets.  HM coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard searched from the coastal path, also in attendance were officers from Dyfed Powys Police. The inshore lifeboat then found two kayaks on the sand in Porthmelgan, crew members went ashore and found a tent which was occupied by two persons.  They confirmed that they owned the kayaks and the vehicle at Abereiddi, but they had not fired any flares. With this information, and a thorough search of the area, all units were stood down and the incident treated as a false alarm with good intent.  Both lifeboats returned to station arriving back at 1.30am. 24th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Thursday August (24) at 1.30pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a woman who had fallen approximately 30ft onto rocks at Carreg Y Barcud near to Caerfai beach.  Shortly afterwards at 1.35pm the all-weather lifeboat launched to the same incident. The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and put crew members ashore to treat the casualty. UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven together with a coastguard rescue helicopter R187 had also been tasked. The helicopter lowered their paramedic to assess the woman and it was decided to winch the casualty to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.  Both lifeboats stood off while the winching operation was taking place. Once this was completed, both lifeboats were released from the incident to return to station arriving back at 4.00pm. This was fine example of multi-agency team work. 22nd August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August (22) at 4.18pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) were tasked to a medical evacuation from Porthmelgan where a female casualty was reported to have fallen and sustained serious arm injuries.  St Davids RNLI lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards were first on scene, also tasked was coastguard rescue helicopter 187 due to the reported serious nature of her injuries.  UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven were also in attendance. The casualty was assessed and treated on scene before the ILB transferred her to Whitesands to be met by Broad Haven Coastguard Rescue team and NHS Welsh Ambulance Trust.  After handing over the casualty to ambulance paramedics the lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 5.46pm. 22nd August 2017 - ALB St Davids Tamar lifeboat launched at 2.35pm following reports from RNLI Lifeguards at Whitesands that a group of kayakers appeared to be in difficulties at the northern end of Ramsey Sound.  On arriving it was found that they kayakers were not in need of any assistance.  Rehoused at 3.00pm. 21st August 2017 - ALB At 3.13pm the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged to “Immediate Readiness” to launch after a 10m passenger RIB reported loss of power at the northern end of Ramsey Island.  The launch was cancelled after another boat took the vessel under tow. 19th August 2017 - ALB St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched at about 5.30pm to support Little Haven inshore lifeboat which had been called to two kayakers reported in difficulties in rough seas at the southern end of Newgale beach.  The Little Haven lifeboat recovered the two people from the rocks and landed them at Newgale.  All units were then released to return to station. 15th August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August 15 at 3.45pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to search for missing 12yr old boy who was last seen at Porthmelgan, Whitesands Bay.  The lifeboat commenced a search from the south end of Whitesands beach to Porthmelgan.  While the search was being carried out the boy was found safe and well, and reunited with his family. With this good news the lifeboat was released to return to station arriving back at 4.35pm. Also tasked to this incident were HM Coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police. 9th August 2017 - ILB On Wednesday August 9 at 5.17pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a woman with a suspected broken ankle.  The casualty was at Porth Lleuog beach, just north of Whitesands beach, also tasked were St Davids coastguard team together with RNLI lifeguards. Once on scene, the casualty was given further first aid to help enable her to be lifted into the ILB. She was then transferred to nearby Whitesands beach, and handed over into the care of ambulance paramedics, a classic example of multi agencies working together.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station arriving back at 6.11pm. Picture credit: St Davids Coastguards 1st August 2017 - ILB and ALB Inshore lifeboat launched at 2.17pm to reports of a body at the base of the cliffs at Caerbwdi.  As the ILB was proceeding the coastguards also tasked St Davids all-weather lifeboat and the Irish Rescue Helicopter 117 to the scene along with St Davids coastguard team.  As the rescue units were arriving on scene the coastguards were able to establish that the reported person was only sleeping in the sun and that the report by a member of the public was a false alarm.  The lifebost returned to station at 3.00pm. 1st August 2017 - ALB On Tuesday August 1 at 1.40pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) were tasked to a commercial dive vessel "Wandrin' Star" that broadcast a Pan Pan urgency message to say that she was taking on water between Abereiddi and Porthgain. The lifeboat was on scene quickly and put three crew members and a salvage pump onboard to start pumping out the vessel. With the water level dropping, the source of the incoming water was found and fixed. An Irish coastguard rescue helicopter was also tasked to the incident.  However, as the lifeboat escorting the dive vessel a second tasking was issued (see above). 28th July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 28 at 9.12pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a man cut off by the tide at Porthlleuog at the northern end of Whitesands beach.  By the time the lifeboat and St Davids coastguards had arrived he had climbed about 30ft up a 90ft cliff but, finding that the cliff face was loose, had decided not to attempt to go further. The coastguard cliff rescue team evaluated the possibility of a rope rescue but considered that the cliff was too dangerous and suggested that a helicopter rescue would be necessary.  However, the man was able to climb part way back down the cliff where he was met by two lifeboat crew who assisted him down to the boat. He was landed onto Whitesands beach uninjured but shaken by his experience.  The lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 9.50pm. 21st July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 21 at 10.26am St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with it’s volunteer crew, launched on service following a report by a member of the public of two swimmers in difficulties near Caerfai Beach. The lifeboat was soon on scene and commenced a shoreline search where they came across two simmers who reported that they did not require assistance.  The swimmers then went ashore to be met by St Davids coastguards, then lifeboat then departed the scene and returned to station, rehoused, refuelled and was ready for service at 11.00am. 20th July 2017 - ALB and ILB On Thursday July 20 at 4.24pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a report of a swimmer in difficulties betweeb Whitesands and Porthselau.  The lifeboat immediately commenced a shoreline search between these two locations. At approximately 5.20pm the UK Coastguards tasked the St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat to join the search, by which time coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, together with a coastguard rescue helicopter 187, were also on scene.  RNLI lifeguards were also involved. Whilst the search was being carried out at 6.15pm information was received from the coastal teams that the swimmer had exited the sea and was safely ashore.  With this information all units were stood down, the inshore lifeboat returned to station while the all-weather lifeboat proceeded to st Brides Bay to carry out a prearranged exercise involving both Angle and Little & Broad Haven lifeboats. 2nd July 2017 - ILB On Sunday July (2nd) at 4.24pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, launched on service to a 16ft boat which had suffered engine failure and required assistance.  The casualty vessel with 4 persons onboard was in Caerbwdi bay.  None of the persons onboard, required any medical attention. Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew secured to tow line to the boat and commenced to take it under tow into Porthclais harbour.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 5.32pm. 23rd June 2017 - ALB At about 6.00pm, whilst preparing the ALB to launch on exercise, we were informed that two kayakers could be in difficulties in Ramsey Sound, about quarter of a mile from the lifeboat station.  One was attempting to tow the other and it’s occupant who appeared unable to get back aboard after capsizing and both were being carried by the tide. On arrival the lifeboat found they kayakers had been managed to grab a mooring buoy which had allowed the kayaker in the water to get back into his kayak.  Having ensured that both were OK the lifeboat watched them ashore before continuing with their exercise. 23rd June 2017 - ILB On Friday June (23) at 12.36pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched on service to a 40yr old male who had suffered a broken ankle and needed to be evacuated from Porthmelgan beach. Once on scene, and with the aid of St Davids coastguard team, the casualty was placed onto the lifeboat and conveyed to the nearby Whitesands beach, where they were met by Fishguard coastguard team who carried the male to a waiting ambulance, for conveyance to hospital. With this tasking complete the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 1.45pm. 21 June 2017 - ALB ST DAVIDS RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched to the aid of a ten metre yacht stranded one nautical mile east of St David's Head.  The yacht, with two crew on-board, was on passage from North Wales to Porthcawl. She had suffered electronic navigational failure and was stuck in thick fog, with visibility of less than 50 metres. The lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 5.50pm and was soon on scene. The lifeboat then escorted the yacht back to the RNLI mooring at St Justinians where they remained overnight until visibility improved and they were able to continue their passage to Milford Haven.  The lifeboat rehoused at 7.40pm. 15th June 2017 - ALB The all-weather lifeboat crew were paged at 4.09pm to assist Little Haven RNLI lifeboat and Broad Haven coastguards to search for a kite surfer reported to be missing at Broad Haven beach.  A rescue helicopter was also being tasked to the incident.  As the lifeboat was about to launch news was received that the kitesurfer had been located by the coastguard team.  Stood down at 4.22pm. 6th June 2017 - ILB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, the volunteer crew if the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at St Davids were called upon to assist the owner of a 10m RIB which was taking on water at St Justinians.  The ILB transferred the salvage pump from the station’s all-weather lifeboat and this was able to drain the water from the vessel’s hull allowing it to be taken to Porthclais and taken out of the water.  The ILB rehoused at 1.15pm. 3rd June 2017 - ALB On Saturday June (3rd) at 4.08pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley, launched on service to the aid of a seven metre rigid inflatable boat which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel, with three persons onboard, was in a position approximately half a nautical mile west of Abereiddi beach. The lifeboat arrived on scene within 15 minutes, the volunteer crew then secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced to take it under tow to Porthgain harbour.  After arriving at the entrance to the harbour, the lifeboat deployed their Y class inflatable to take the casualty ashore. With this task complete the lifeboat recovered its Y boat and proceeded back to station arriving back at 5.40pm. 13th May 2017 - ALB A 999 call reporting children in difficulty in the water off Broad Haven beach sparked a multi-agency rescue operation. Coastguards received the emergency call at 4.15 pm. The caller said several children had capsized from a canoe and were in trouble in the sea.  Coastguard HQ immediately tasked St Davids all- weather lifeboat, Little Haven inshore lifeboat and coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were tasked to the scene, as well as Broad Haven coastguard crew. Little Haven lifeboat was the first to arrive at the beach and found that the four people, three children and an adult all on holiday, had safely reached the shore and were being attended to by the coastguard team, who also offered safety advice. St Davids lifeboat was stood down before launching and the rescue helicopter, which had already set off, was also stood down. 7th May 2017 - ILB Following the search the previous day for a missing man in the St Davids Head area, St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 11.00am to carry out a shore line search, while coastguard teams carried out a coastal search. With nothing found the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 12.50pm. 6th May 2017 - ALB and ILB On Saturday May (6th) at 3.10pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to the St Davids head area, following a report of a man in the sea clinging to rocks.  A member of the public reported this to UK coastguards, in which time the man had disappeared from the informant’s sight. With strong tides in this location St Davids lifeboat requested the launch of Fishguard RNLI to assist them in the search.  Also on scene were two local passenger ribs Atlantic Storm and Viking Pioneer who assisted with the search. Three coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, a UK coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan and Dyfed Powys Police officers were also involved. The search lasted until 9.30pm and with light fading all units were stood down. 21st April 2017 - ALB On Friday April (21) at 2.55pm the UK coastguards tasked St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley to the aid of the 10 metre fishing vessel Mari Ann which had 2 persons onboard and had suffered steering failure.  The casualty vessel was in a position just north west of the North Bishops rock. The lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes, the volunteer lifeboat crew then secured a tow line to the vessel. After doing this the lifeboat took the casualty under tow to its moorings in Fishguard harbour. Once they had safely secured the vessel to its moorings, the lifeboat returned to station arriving back and rehousing at 6.40pm. 17th April 2017 - ALB On Monday April (17) at 11.30am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was tasked, following a mayday transmission received by UK Coastguards, to the pleasure craft Amigos which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel with three persons onboard was close to the Rhosson rock. First to arrive on scene were the passenger vessels Gower Ranger and Viking Voyager. Gower Ranger secured a line to the casualty and held in a safe position until the arrival of the lifeboat.  Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew took over, and secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced taking it under tow to the entrance of Porthclais harbour. On arrival at the Porthclais entrance the tow was taken over by a pleasure vessel where it was taken safely into the harbour.  Once this was complete the lifeboat returned arriving back, for rehousing at 1.30pm. 30th March 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 6.30pm to attend Abereiddi where a dog had fallen over the cliff and the owner was attempting a rescue.  On arrival the ILB crew located the animal about 10m down a 30m cliff.  St Davids and Fishguard coastguard teams recovered the dog to the clifftop to had the dog, which had only minor injuries, back to it’s owner who had returned to the clifftop by themselves.  Rehoused at 9.10pm. 4th March 2017 - ALB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, coastguards alerted the crew to reports of an object in the water at Pwllcrochan, near Strumble Head.  A search of the area was carried out by the lifeboat and Fishguard coastguards and the object spotted at the base of the cliffs.  In order to identify it the Y-boat was deployed and was able to get close enough to confirm that it was a dead horse.  As it was in the surf line the decision was taken not to attempt a recovery and the lifeboat returned to station at 1.00pm. 20th February 2017 - ALB ALB launched at 5.03pm to a 10m yacht in difficulties near the North Bishop rocks.  On arrival the lifeboat crew put a tow rope onto the casualty, which had two people on board, and took it under tow to Milford Haven marina.  Rehoused at 9.55pm. 15th January 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 11.30am to reports of a dog over the cliff near Solva.  On arrival, with the help of St Davids coastguard, the dog was located, recovered into the lifeboat and taken into Solva Harbour.  Sadly the dog had died of it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm. it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm.
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Shouts 2017 ALB = All-weather Lifeboat - 16-26 Tamar ‘Norah Wortley’ ILB = Inshore Lifeboat  - D-704  ‘Myrtle & Trevor Gurr’ 27th October 2017 - ALB On Friday October 27 at 8.10pm St Davids RNLI all- weather lifeboat was tasked to search for a rigid inflatable boat (RHIB) with three persons onboard which was reported overdue back at Dale.  The vessel was reported to be shark fishing in an area between the Smalls lighthouse into the Celtic Deep.   Other units tasked were Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Dale Coastguard team, Coastguard helicopter R187 together with Dyfed Powys Police officers.   The St Davids lifeboat headed for The Smalls lighthouse and then commenced its search using its search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR camera.   At its furthest point the lifeboat was 27 miles south west of the station. Soon after arriving on scene the helicopter R187 found a RHIB matching the description heading back to Dale. Once it was confirmed by Dale Coastguards that this was the vessel that had been reported overdue, all units were stood with the lifeboat arriving back at St Davids lifeboat station at 11.30pm. 7th October 2017 - ALB On Saturday October 7th at 8.40pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched on service to search for a missing teenager.  Also tasked to this incident were H M coastguard rescue teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police officers. The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search between Porthgain harbour and Abercastle using search lights, night vision goggles and our FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera.  Shortly afterwards a message was received that the teenage girl had been found safe by coastguards near Trefin and she was being conveyed to hospital for treatment. With this information received all units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station, arriving back at 10.45pm. 2nd September 2017 - ALB On Saturday September (2) at 10.44am St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service following the activation of an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).  The lifeboat was tasked by UK coastguards to conduct a coastal search between Rickets Head passed Broad Haven to Stack Rocks, then returned to Rickets Head. After completing the task with nothing found, coastguards decided it must have been activated on land. The lifeboat was then stood down, to return to station arriving back at 12.20pm. 27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Sunday August (27) at 6.20pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a 11yr old boy with suspected spinal injuries at the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddy.  Also tasked to the incident were HM Coastguards from St. Davids and Fishguard and coastguard rescue helicopter R187. The inshore lifeboat arrived quickly on scene and dropped two crew members ashore to assist with the treatment of the casualty. Fortunately, there was a HEMS doctor on holiday at the Blue Lagoon who lead the treatment.  The all-weather lifeboat stood off ready to put extra crew ashore if needed, also to act as an optional platform to convey the casualty to a shore side site. Once the helicopter arrived at the scene it landed at the cliff top.  The casualty was then placed into a stretcher and carried to the helicopter and conveyed to hospital. Both lifeboats were then released from this incident and once the two crew members were recovered to the inshore lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 8.30pm. 26/27th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Saturday August (26) at 10.30pm both St Davids RNLI lifeboats were tasked to a sighting of a red flare, also two kayakers near Abereiddi beach.  A vehicle was found in the carpark at Abereiddi which had a roof rack which would hold two kayaks. A thorough search was carried out between Porthgain harbour and St Davids Head using search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR (forward looking infrared) camera. The all-weather lifeboat was searching approximately one mile offshore while the inshore lifeboat carried out inshore search into caves and inlets.  HM coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard searched from the coastal path, also in attendance were officers from Dyfed Powys Police. The inshore lifeboat then found two kayaks on the sand in Porthmelgan, crew members went ashore and found a tent which was occupied by two persons.  They confirmed that they owned the kayaks and the vehicle at Abereiddi, but they had not fired any flares. With this information, and a thorough search of the area, all units were stood down and the incident treated as a false alarm with good intent.  Both lifeboats returned to station arriving back at 1.30am. 24th August 2017 - ILB and ALB On Thursday August (24) at 1.30pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a woman who had fallen approximately 30ft onto rocks at Carreg Y Barcud near to Caerfai beach.  Shortly afterwards at 1.35pm the all-weather lifeboat launched to the same incident. The inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and put crew members ashore to treat the casualty. UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven together with a coastguard rescue helicopter R187 had also been tasked. The helicopter lowered their paramedic to assess the woman and it was decided to winch the casualty to Morrison Hospital in Swansea.  Both lifeboats stood off while the winching operation was taking place. Once this was completed, both lifeboats were released from the incident to return to station arriving back at 4.00pm. This was fine example of multi-agency team work. 22nd August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August (22) at 4.18pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) were tasked to a medical evacuation from Porthmelgan where a female casualty was reported to have fallen and sustained serious arm injuries.  St Davids RNLI lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards were first on scene, also tasked was coastguard rescue helicopter 187 due to the reported serious nature of her injuries.  UK coastguard teams from St Davids and Broad Haven were also in attendance. The casualty was assessed and treated on scene before the ILB transferred her to Whitesands to be met by Broad Haven Coastguard Rescue team and NHS Welsh Ambulance Trust.  After handing over the casualty to ambulance paramedics the lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 5.46pm. 22nd August 2017 - ALB St Davids Tamar lifeboat launched at 2.35pm following reports from RNLI Lifeguards at Whitesands that a group of kayakers appeared to be in difficulties at the northern end of Ramsey Sound.  On arriving it was found that they kayakers were not in need of any assistance.  Rehoused at 3.00pm. 21st August 2017 - ALB At 3.13pm the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged to “Immediate Readiness” to launch after a 10m passenger RIB reported loss of power at the northern end of Ramsey Island.  The launch was cancelled after another boat took the vessel under tow. 19th August 2017 - ALB St Davids all-weather lifeboat launched at about 5.30pm to support Little Haven inshore lifeboat which had been called to two kayakers reported in difficulties in rough seas at the southern end of Newgale beach.  The Little Haven lifeboat recovered the two people from the rocks and landed them at Newgale.  All units were then released to return to station. 15th August 2017 - ILB On Tuesday August 15 at 3.45pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to search for missing 12yr old boy who was last seen at Porthmelgan, Whitesands Bay.  The lifeboat commenced a search from the south end of Whitesands beach to Porthmelgan.  While the search was being carried out the boy was found safe and well, and reunited with his family. With this good news the lifeboat was released to return to station arriving back at 4.35pm. Also tasked to this incident were HM Coastguard teams from St Davids and Fishguard together with Dyfed Powys Police. 9th August 2017 - ILB On Wednesday August 9 at 5.17pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a woman with a suspected broken ankle.  The casualty was at Porth Lleuog beach, just north of Whitesands beach, also tasked were St Davids coastguard team together with RNLI lifeguards. Once on scene, the casualty was given further first aid to help enable her to be lifted into the ILB. She was then transferred to nearby Whitesands beach, and handed over into the care of ambulance paramedics, a classic example of multi agencies working together.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station arriving back at 6.11pm. Picture credit: St Davids Coastguards 1st August 2017 - ILB and ALB Inshore lifeboat launched at 2.17pm to reports of a body at the base of the cliffs at Caerbwdi.  As the ILB was proceeding the coastguards also tasked St Davids all-weather lifeboat and the Irish Rescue Helicopter 117 to the scene along with St Davids coastguard team.  As the rescue units were arriving on scene the coastguards were able to establish that the reported person was only sleeping in the sun and that the report by a member of the public was a false alarm.  The lifebost returned to station at 3.00pm. 1st August 2017 - ALB On Tuesday August 1 at 1.40pm St Davids RNLI all- weather lifeboat (ALB) were tasked to a commercial dive vessel "Wandrin' Star" that broadcast a Pan Pan urgency message to say that she was taking on water between Abereiddi and Porthgain. The lifeboat was on scene quickly and put three crew members and a salvage pump onboard to start pumping out the vessel. With the water level dropping, the source of the incoming water was found and fixed. An Irish coastguard rescue helicopter was also tasked to the incident.  However, as the lifeboat escorting the dive vessel a second tasking was issued (see above). 28th July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 28 at 9.12pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a man cut off by the tide at Porthlleuog at the northern end of Whitesands beach.  By the time the lifeboat and St Davids coastguards had arrived he had climbed about 30ft up a 90ft cliff but, finding that the cliff face was loose, had decided not to attempt to go further. The coastguard cliff rescue team evaluated the possibility of a rope rescue but considered that the cliff was too dangerous and suggested that a helicopter rescue would be necessary.  However, the man was able to climb part way back down the cliff where he was met by two lifeboat crew who assisted him down to the boat. He was landed onto Whitesands beach uninjured but shaken by his experience.  The lifeboat returned to station arriving back at 9.50pm. 21st July 2017 - ILB On Friday July 21 at 10.26am St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with it’s volunteer crew, launched on service following a report by a member of the public of two swimmers in difficulties near Caerfai Beach. The lifeboat was soon on scene and commenced a shoreline search where they came across two simmers who reported that they did not require assistance.  The swimmers then went ashore to be met by St Davids coastguards, then lifeboat then departed the scene and returned to station, rehoused, refuelled and was ready for service at 11.00am. 20th July 2017 - ALB and ILB On Thursday July 20 at 4.24pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service to a report of a swimmer in difficulties betweeb Whitesands and Porthselau.  The lifeboat immediately commenced a shoreline search between these two locations. At approximately 5.20pm the UK Coastguards tasked the St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat to join the search, by which time coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, together with a coastguard rescue helicopter 187, were also on scene.  RNLI lifeguards were also involved. Whilst the search was being carried out at 6.15pm information was received from the coastal teams that the swimmer had exited the sea and was safely ashore.  With this information all units were stood down, the inshore lifeboat returned to station while the all-weather lifeboat proceeded to st Brides Bay to carry out a prearranged exercise involving both Angle and Little & Broad Haven lifeboats. 2nd July 2017 - ILB On Sunday July (2nd) at 4.24pm the St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, launched on service to a 16ft boat which had suffered engine failure and required assistance.  The casualty vessel with 4 persons onboard was in Caerbwdi bay.  None of the persons onboard, required any medical attention. Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew secured to tow line to the boat and commenced to take it under tow into Porthclais harbour.  With this tasking complete the lifeboat then returned to station rehousing at 5.32pm. 23rd June 2017 - ALB At about 6.00pm, whilst preparing the ALB to launch on exercise, we were informed that two kayakers could be in difficulties in Ramsey Sound, about quarter of a mile from the lifeboat station.  One was attempting to tow the other and it’s occupant who appeared unable to get back aboard after capsizing and both were being carried by the tide. On arrival the lifeboat found they kayakers had been managed to grab a mooring buoy which had allowed the kayaker in the water to get back into his kayak.  Having ensured that both were OK the lifeboat watched them ashore before continuing with their exercise. 23rd June 2017 - ILB On Friday June (23) at 12.36pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched on service to a 40yr old male who had suffered a broken ankle and needed to be evacuated from Porthmelgan beach. Once on scene, and with the aid of St Davids coastguard team, the casualty was placed onto the lifeboat and conveyed to the nearby Whitesands beach, where they were met by Fishguard coastguard team who carried the male to a waiting ambulance, for conveyance to hospital. With this tasking complete the lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 1.45pm. 21 June 2017 - ALB ST DAVIDS RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched to the aid of a ten metre yacht stranded one nautical mile east of St David's Head.  The yacht, with two crew on-board, was on passage from North Wales to Porthcawl. She had suffered electronic navigational failure and was stuck in thick fog, with visibility of less than 50 metres. The lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 5.50pm and was soon on scene. The lifeboat then escorted the yacht back to the RNLI mooring at St Justinians where they remained overnight until visibility improved and they were able to continue their passage to Milford Haven.  The lifeboat rehoused at 7.40pm. 15th June 2017 - ALB The all-weather lifeboat crew were paged at 4.09pm to assist Little Haven RNLI lifeboat and Broad Haven coastguards to search for a kite surfer reported to be missing at Broad Haven beach.  A rescue helicopter was also being tasked to the incident.  As the lifeboat was about to launch news was received that the kitesurfer had been located by the coastguard team.  Stood down at 4.22pm. 6th June 2017 - ILB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, the volunteer crew if the RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at St Davids were called upon to assist the owner of a 10m RIB which was taking on water at St Justinians.  The ILB transferred the salvage pump from the station’s all- weather lifeboat and this was able to drain the water from the vessel’s hull allowing it to be taken to Porthclais and taken out of the water.  The ILB rehoused at 1.15pm. 3rd June 2017 - ALB On Saturday June (3rd) at 4.08pm St Davids RNLI all- weather lifeboat Norah Wortley, launched on service to the aid of a seven metre rigid inflatable boat which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel, with three persons onboard, was in a position approximately half a nautical mile west of Abereiddi beach. The lifeboat arrived on scene within 15 minutes, the volunteer crew then secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced to take it under tow to Porthgain harbour.  After arriving at the entrance to the harbour, the lifeboat deployed their Y class inflatable to take the casualty ashore. With this task complete the lifeboat recovered its Y boat and proceeded back to station arriving back at 5.40pm. 13th May 2017 - ALB A 999 call reporting children in difficulty in the water off Broad Haven beach sparked a multi-agency rescue operation. Coastguards received the emergency call at 4.15 pm. The caller said several children had capsized from a canoe and were in trouble in the sea.  Coastguard HQ immediately tasked St Davids all-weather lifeboat, Little Haven inshore lifeboat and coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were tasked to the scene, as well as Broad Haven coastguard crew. Little Haven lifeboat was the first to arrive at the beach and found that the four people, three children and an adult all on holiday, had safely reached the shore and were being attended to by the coastguard team, who also offered safety advice. St Davids lifeboat was stood down before launching and the rescue helicopter, which had already set off, was also stood down. 7th May 2017 - ILB Following the search the previous day for a missing man in the St Davids Head area, St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 11.00am to carry out a shore line search, while coastguard teams carried out a coastal search. With nothing found the lifeboat returned to station rehousing at 12.50pm. 6th May 2017 - ALB and ILB On Saturday May (6th) at 3.10pm both St Davids RNLI all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to the St Davids head area, following a report of a man in the sea clinging to rocks.  A member of the public reported this to UK coastguards, in which time the man had disappeared from the informant’s sight. With strong tides in this location St Davids lifeboat requested the launch of Fishguard RNLI to assist them in the search.  Also on scene were two local passenger ribs Atlantic Storm and Viking Pioneer who assisted with the search. Three coastguard teams from St Davids, Fishguard and Broad Haven, a UK coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan and Dyfed Powys Police officers were also involved. The search lasted until 9.30pm and with light fading all units were stood down. 21st April 2017 - ALB On Friday April (21) at 2.55pm the UK coastguards tasked St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley to the aid of the 10 metre fishing vessel Mari Ann which had 2 persons onboard and had suffered steering failure.  The casualty vessel was in a position just north west of the North Bishops rock. The lifeboat was on scene within 10 minutes, the volunteer lifeboat crew then secured a tow line to the vessel. After doing this the lifeboat took the casualty under tow to its moorings in Fishguard harbour. Once they had safely secured the vessel to its moorings, the lifeboat returned to station arriving back and rehousing at 6.40pm. 17th April 2017 - ALB On Monday April (17) at 11.30am St Davids RNLI all- weather lifeboat Norah Wortley was tasked, following a mayday transmission received by UK Coastguards, to the pleasure craft Amigos which had suffered engine failure.  The casualty vessel with three persons onboard was close to the Rhosson rock. First to arrive on scene were the passenger vessels Gower Ranger and Viking Voyager. Gower Ranger secured a line to the casualty and held in a safe position until the arrival of the lifeboat.  Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew took over, and secured a tow line to the casualty and commenced taking it under tow to the entrance of Porthclais harbour. On arrival at the Porthclais entrance the tow was taken over by a pleasure vessel where it was taken safely into the harbour.  Once this was complete the lifeboat returned arriving back, for rehousing at 1.30pm. 30th March 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 6.30pm to attend Abereiddi where a dog had fallen over the cliff and the owner was attempting a rescue.  On arrival the ILB crew located the animal about 10m down a 30m cliff.  St Davids and Fishguard coastguard teams recovered the dog to the clifftop to had the dog, which had only minor injuries, back to it’s owner who had returned to the clifftop by themselves.  Rehoused at 9.10pm. 4th March 2017 - ALB At about 11.00am, whilst on exercise, coastguards alerted the crew to reports of an object in the water at Pwllcrochan, near Strumble Head.  A search of the area was carried out by the lifeboat and Fishguard coastguards and the object spotted at the base of the cliffs.  In order to identify it the Y-boat was deployed and was able to get close enough to confirm that it was a dead horse.  As it was in the surf line the decision was taken not to attempt a recovery and the lifeboat returned to station at 1.00pm. 20th February 2017 - ALB ALB launched at 5.03pm to a 10m yacht in difficulties near the North Bishop rocks.  On arrival the lifeboat crew put a tow rope onto the casualty, which had two people on board, and took it under tow to Milford Haven marina.  Rehoused at 9.55pm. 15th January 2017 - ILB ILB launched at 11.30am to reports of a dog over the cliff near Solva.  On arrival, with the help of St Davids coastguard, the dog was located, recovered into the lifeboat and taken into Solva Harbour.  Sadly the dog had died of it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm. it’s injuries.  Rehoused at 2.15pm.
St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station
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