Haydn Miller assists in medevac of sick person from Caldey Island.

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby's RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at 7.45pm on Monday 9th March, at the request of the Welsh Ambulance Service, after a resident of Caldey Island became ill.

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The lifeboat launched into rough seas with two Paramedics and several members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team aboard.

Despite a large swell running into the slipway at Caldey, the coxswain managed to get the boat alongside long enough to drop off the Paramedics, a lifeboat crew member and the Coastguards.

Once with the casualty, the paramedics assessed the patient and after discussing the options with lifeboat crew and coastguards, it was decided that due to the swell at the slipway, the safest way to get the casualty off the island would be by helicopter.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan was soon overhead and landed at the lighthouse, where a landing site had been set up. The casualty was then handed over to the Coastguard Paramedic, before being flown to Morriston hospital.

The multi agency team then made their way back down to the slipway, before boarding the lifeboat and heading back to Tenby, arriving at 9.30pm.

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