Tenby lifeboats in huge search for missing person
Tenby’s lifeboats were both requested to launch at 9am on Friday 18th June, following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier, stating he’d lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore, and that the occupant may be in the water.
Both boats made best speed to the area, along with Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team.
The inshore lifeboat was tasked to search the shoreline, rocks and caves between Giltar and Manorbier, whilst the all all-weather lifeboat searched offshore. Once at Manorbier, the dinghy, which had been picked up by one of the MOD Range Safety vessels, was handed over to the inshore lifeboat crew, who then brought it in to the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.
The search was soon joined by Angle all-weather lifeboat, along with Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team.
After several hours searching, a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down. Tenby’s lifeboats returned to station, arriving at 12.45pm.
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.