Busy Tuesday Afternoon as St Davids RNLI launches to two rescues

Lifeboats News Release

St Davids RNLI launched both its all-weather and inshore lifeboats at approximately 1:20pm on Tuesday 23rd August. They first launched to assist a coasteerer with a dislocated knee, and then to help a kayaker in difficulty.

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St Davids lifeboat crew assist the injured coasteerer

The all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley deployed first to the coasteering casualty who was part of an organised group to the west of Porthclais harbour. The daughter boat placed two crew ashore before the relief inshore lifeboat arrived, deploying more crew ashore to assist with First Aid administration and pain relief.

Once the casualty had been stabilised and placed in a stretcher, the inshore lifeboat transferred them into Porthclais harbour where they were met by St Davids local Coastguard Rescue Team.

As it was half high tide at Porthclais, the Coastguard Rescue Team volunteers assisted RNLI crew volunteers with the transfer up to the harbour.

At this point the inshore lifeboat was released from the service whilst Norah Wortley remained on scene until the ambulance service arrived.

As the inshore lifeboat made its way back to the station, it was tasked to a kayaker who had been swept around St Davids Head. Initially reported by Whitesands beach lifeguards, the lifeboat crew helped the kayaker back around the headland and provided safety advice.

With both services complete around 3:30pm, the lifeboats returned to station and were made ready for service by 4:05pm.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, says: ‘Coasteering and kayaking are popular activities around our coastline but despite the best preparation, sometimes things go wrong. Tuesday’s rescue tested our casualty care training skills and I’d like to share thanks to the organised coasteering group who provided assistance and to Porthclais kiosk for serving the crew hot drinks whilst awaiting the arrival of the ambulance service.’

 

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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.

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St Davids inshore lifeboat crew with casualty on stretcher

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.

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