Haydn Miller rescues kayaker in first shout of year
Tenby's RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched for its first shout of the year, shortly after 12.15pm of Thursday 23rd January, following a mayday call from a kayaker in difficulty between Tenby and Caldey.
The volunteer crew were quickly on the water and headed for the position of local vessel ‘Triton II’ which had also responded to the mayday and located the kayak about three quarters of a mile north east of Caldey Island's Paul Jones’s Bay.
The lifeboat went alongside the kayak and the casualty was taken aboard. Once he’d been assessed, he was found to be feeling unwell, so along with his kayak, was taken back to Tenby to be assessed by Paramedics.
Once back at the station, the casualty took a shower to warm himself up whilst he waited for the arrival of the Ambulance.
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.