St Davids RNLI lifeboats kept busy
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 Abereiddy and Porthgain.
The lifeboat was on scene quickly and put two 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.
The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarfon was also tasked.
As the lifeboat escorting the dive vessel, the station’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked at 2.17pm to reports of a body at the bottom of the cliff in the Caerfai Bay area.
With the dive vessel happy that there was no further water ingress and happy to make her own way back to port, our Tamar and the rescue helicopter were also tasked to the Caerfai bay area.
Once the ILB and helicopter had found the casualty, it transpired that the male fell asleep while basking in the sun and only woke up when he heard the helicopter.
This incident was treated as a false alarm with good intent. Both boats were then released to return to station and ready for service at 3.39pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.