St Davids all-weather lifeboat tasked to emergency locater beacon
Tuesday May 18, at 1:41pm, St Davids volunteer crew were tasked to a coastline search during a training exercise on the all-weather lifeboat ‘Norah Wortley’.
An EPIRB, emergency position-indicating radio beacon, had been activated, it was believed to be in-land but the four mile search radius included a stretch of coastline near Pwllderi, Stumble Head. The volunteer crew made way to the search area, arriving on scene at 2:20pm, and began their search. Coastguard rescue team and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter were also undertaking searches.
Once the search was complete and no one found, the crew were stood down and returned to station at 4:20pm.
Station representative says: ‘Although this was a false alarm, it shows the importance and efficiency of having an EPRIB when 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 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.