Haydn Miller in early morning launch to Caldey Island

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby's RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched shortly after 7am on Tuesday 22nd October, after a call from a resident of Caldey Island complaining of chest pain.

RNLI/Ben James

The volunteer crew were quickly on the water, with members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team also aboard to assist with carrying the patient and preparing a helicopter landing site should one be necessary.

Once alongside at Caldey, the Coastguard Team and a member of the lifeboat crew were taken up to the patient to provide casualty care.

After being assessed by a member of the lifeboat crew and with no ambulance available, it was decided that Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan would be the best option to get the casualty to hospital.

The coastguard then met the helicopter at the lighthouse, before bringing the paramedic back down to assess the casualty.

Once the paramedic was happy that his patient was stable enough to be moved, he was brought up to the lighthouse helipad, before being loaded onto the helicopter for his flight to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The lifeboat crew and coastguard then made their way back down to the lifeboat for the short trip back to Tenby, arriving at 09:40am.

RNLI/Ben James

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