Second shout of the night for Tenby lifeboat ends in life saved.
Tenby's second shout of the night came at 4.15am on Tuesday 30th March, with 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. He also stated that he was unable to swim.
The volunteer crew were soon on the water and along with both Burry Port lifeboats, 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 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.