Haydn Miller in search for missing kitesurfer
Tenby's RNLI all-weathr lifeboat was requested to launch at 6pm on Sunday 15th December following a call to the Coastguard stating that a kitesurfer was missing off Pendine.
The volunteer crew made best speed to Pendine in heavy seas and strong winds and began a coastline search from Pendine towards Pembrey, whilst Coastguard teams searched the shore and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from RAF St Athan searched from above. The search was made more difficult due to poor visibility and a large swell.
Around five hours later, with the area thoroughly searched and conditions deteriorating on both the shore and at sea, the Coastguard made the decision to stand the search down and review the options at first light.
The lifeboat returned to station arriving at 11.45pm.
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.