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Three shouts in one day for busy Tenby lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby RNLI crew had a busy day on Saturday 17th June, launching three times to seperate incidents.

At 2.30pm, the inshore lifeboat launched on its first shout of the day after a member of the public reported to Milford Haven Coastguard that they’d heard children shouting for help from the rocks at Morfa Bychan near Pendine.

The volunteer crew made best speed to the scene in choppy seas and immediately began a search of the shoreline, whilst Coastguard and Police teams searched ashore.

Whilst completing the first leg of their search, the crew spotted some children on the rocks. A crew member was put ashore to speak to the children and to stay with them until the Police could get down to the beach to interview them.

Once the children had confirmed to the Police it was them shouting, and that they were not in any danger, all units were stood down, with the lifeboat arriving back at Tenby at 5pm.

Next, at 4.30pm, it was the turn of the all-weather lifeboat Haydn Miller which was requested to launch after a report that a child had gone missing in surf at Llangennith – 15 miles south-east of Tenby.

As the volunteer crew were making best speed to the scene, a further report confirmed that the child had been found safe and well.

The lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 5pm.

The final shout of the day and the second for the inshore lifeboat, came at 6.45pm, with the lifeboat being requested to launch after the Police received a call from some concerned parents stating that 2 children had failed to return to their campsite at the agreed time.

The lifeboat was requested to search the Waterwynch to Monkstone area, a possible router that the children may have taken back to their campsite.

As the volunteer crew were nearing the end of their search, it was confirmed that the children had been found safe and well in Tenby so all units were stood down.

The lifeboat arrived back at station at 8.10pm

For more information, please contact Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) Ben James on 07971 463716 or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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