St Davids RNLI volunteer crew paged twice in nine hours.
St Davids RNLI lifeboat crew were paged in the early hours of Sunday (6 June) at 3:09am to launch all-weather lifeboat ‘Norah Wortley’ to a yacht with catastrophic engine failure 13.9 nm North-west of St Justinians. The station's D-Class was then paged at 11:54am to an injured walker near Solva.
The volunteer crew launched the all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley at 3:23am arriving at the stricken yacht with two people on board 35 minutes later, where they set up a tow and made their way back to station. On arrival at St Justinians the D-Class inshore lifeboat was launched to help the yacht tie up onto the stations casualty mooring.
Both lifeboats were then rehoused and ready for service at 7am.
The pagers then sounded again 9 hours later, a walker had fallen near Solva, and the crew were tasked to aid in extraction if required. As the volunteer crew prepared to launch for the second time that morning they were stood down before launching as St Davids Coastguard Rescue team were able to reach the walker and get them to an ambulance where the casualty was treated by paramedics.
St Davids RNLI station representative said: ‘As our coastline is getting busier with visitors holidaying at home, our crews are also getting very busy with what is expected to be the busiest summer yet. Where necessary follow all safety advice and be prepared with the correct equipment. Always carrying a means for help, checking weather and tides, and wearing a lifejacket when you are at sea.’
If you or you see someone who needs help on the coast call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.