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St Davids RNLI lifeboats called out

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday July 20 at 4.25pm St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat launched on service, to a report of a swimmer in difficulties between Whitesands and Porthseli.


St Davids Coastgurds

St Davids Tamar class lifeboat

The lifeboat immediately commenced a shoreline search between these two locations.

At approximately 5.20pm the UK coastguards tasked 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 from Whitesands were also involved.

While the search was being carried out at 6.15pm information was received from the coastal teams that the swimmer had exited the sea as was safely ashore.

With this information, all units were stood down, the inshore lifeboat then 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.

RNLI media contact
For more information contact Jim Phillips, St Davids Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791 121039. Alternitavely contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email


St Davids Coastguards

St Davids RNLI ALB , ILB and rescue helicopter

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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