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Six shouts in one day for Tenby RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Tenby RNLI were kept busy on Sunday with six shouts in a single day on Sunday (7 August)

At midday the station's all-weather lifeboat launched after Milford Haven Coastguard received a call stating that a small sailing dinghy had capsized off Coppet Hall and its occupants were in the water.

The lifeboat was quickly on the water and made best speed to Coppet Hall. Once on scene, a local vessel confirmed that they had pulled occupants of the capsized dinghy out of the water and dropped them ashore.

With the casualties safe and well, their dinghy was righted and a volunteer crew member placed aboard as the lifeboat towed it toward the shore. Once in close enough, due to the shallow depth of water, a local vessel brought the dinghy into the shore.
The Haydn Miller lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 12.55pm.

Next was a tasking shortly after 3.45pm, when the all-weather lifeboat was launched for the second time in the day, this time after Milford Haven Coastguard received a report that a 12-year-old girl was seen to enter the surf at Rhossili beach and not come back out.
The lifeboat launched and the volunteer crew headed for Rhossili. Whilst en route, Milford Haven Coastguard received a further report that the girl was now out of the sea and was safe ashore.
The Haydn Miller was stood down and returned to station.
Just after 7pm, the Haydn Miller was launched for the third time after yacht was reported to be aground on Carmarthen Bar. On arriving at the scene, there was insufficient water for the volunteer crew to get in close so the lifeboat stood off as safety cover as Burry Port RNLI's inshore lifeboat towed the vessel free.
As the Haydn Miller was about to leave the scene to return to station, another yacht reported to Milford Haven Coastguard that they were in difficulty off Burry Holmes.

The lifeboat made best speed to the last known position but luckily, by this time, the yacht was out of trouble and making its way toward Burry Port Harbour.
Again, as the Haydn Miller was returning to station, the volunteer crew were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to their fifth and sixth shouts of the day, this time at Castle Beach, Tenby, where several people had been reported in difficulty in the sea which the inshore lifeboat was already at.

On arrival, it was found that all casualties were out of the water and being attended to by Tenby Fire Brigade who happened to be on scene as part of Tenby’s Summer Spectacular.

The lifeboats were stood down for the final time and returned to station, arriving at 9pm.


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