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Calls to unmanned tender and car gone over pier in one day for Tenby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby RNLI volunteers had a busy Saturday (30 July) as the volunteer lifeboat crew launched twice to reports of an unmanned tender and then a car gone off the pier at Saundersfoot.

The first call came at 4.35pm when the inshore lifeboat Georgina Taylor launched after a report from one of the RNLI's Castle Beach lifeguards that they'd found a tender drifting between Sker rocks with nobody aboard.

It was drifting from the direction of North Bay and the lifeguards were unsure whether somebody had been in it.

The lifeboat was soon heading to the scene and found the lifeguard and the tender in the water at the south side of St Catherine's Island. It appeared that the dinghy had been unoccupied when it started drifting as the oars were securely stowed and there were no other items within the vessel. After speaking to the lifeguard, the volunteer lifeboat crew took the tender in tow around towards North Bay to see if they could locate where it had come from.

As they were approaching Tenby Harbour, a local fishing vessel went alongside the lifeboat and confirmed that the tender was his and that he had left it on his outside mooring after purchasing it the day before. The boat was handed over to its owner and the lifeboat returned to station.​

The inshore lifeboat was launched for the second time later in the day, this time after a car was reported to have gone off the pier at Saundersfoot and was surrounded by water.

The lifeboat was on the water shortly before 8pm, with the volunteer crew making best speed towards Saundersfoot Harbour.

Upon arrival at Saundersfoot, it was obvious that the tide was too far out of the harbour for the lifeboat to be able to assist Tenby Fire Brigade and Police who were already on scene.

The lifeboat was stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard and returned to station.​

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