St Davids RNLI diverted from training to unidentified floating object

Lifeboats News Release

While out on a routine exercise on Saturday morning (March 4) St Davids RNLI lifeboat was tasked by the UK Coastguards to inspect an object in the water reported by a member of the public walking the coastal path.

St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat

Lyndon Lomax

St Davids RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat

The volunteer crew made best speed in the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley to Pwllcrochan, a small bay south of Strumble Head. St Davids, rather than Fishguard, were tasked as they were already afloat on a training exercise.

As the crew were proceeding to the position information received led them to believe that the object may be a person.

Once on scene the crew began a search of the bay, while Fishguard Coastguard Search and Rescue Team picked up the first informant and headed back to the bay to help in the search.

Fishguard Coastguard Team located the object just in the surf line of a small storm cove. The Lifeboat crew deployed the all-weather lifeboat's smaller Y-boat to investigate further and found that the object was a small pony, which had sadly died.

All units were then stood down with the lifeboat returning to station, where she was rehoused, refueled and ready for service at 1.15pm.

RNLI media contacts:

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

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