Donate now

Haydn Miller rescues lost fisherman surrounded by water.

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby's all-weather lifeboat launched for the second shout of the night just before 4.15am on Tuesday 30th March, following a report from a fisherman who had become lost in thick fog on Cefin Sidan Sands and with an incoming tide, was now stuck in mud and surrounded by water.

The fisherman also stated that he was unable to swim.

The volunteer crew were soon on the water and along with both Burry Port lifeboats and Ferryside Lifeboat, raced to the estimated position of the fisherman.

Tenby lifeboat was first on scene at the mouth of the estuary, but due to the depth of water, was unable to get in close enough to search. Due to the fact there was no helicopter available and a quickly rising tide, it was decided to launch the Y-Boat which could get right into the shore.

Luckily within a few minutes and despite thick fog, the crew of the Y-Boat spotted the bright LED lights that the casualty had on his head. By the time they pulled the very relieved fisherman into the lifeboat, he was waist deep in water, with the tide quickly rising around him.

He was soon aboard the Haydn Miller, where he was warmed up and brought towards Burry Holmes, before being transferred to Burry Port Lifeboat to be dropped back ashore.

With a life saved, the lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 6.30am.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.