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A busy 24 hours for St Davids RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at St Davids RNLI completed two rescue launches and a training exercise in just one day.

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Rescue tow secured

At 11.27am on Thursday 24 August, inshore lifeboat Marian and Alan Clayton was requested to assist an injured person at the Blue Lagoon, Abereiddi.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and was able to manoeuvre straight into the lagoon to provide oxygen support to the casualty, working alongside the St Davids coastguard volunteers - who already had the situation under control.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and an ambulance arrived shortly after and, once the paramedic was satisfied with the situation, the casualty was evacuated by the land based teams to the awaiting ambulance. The inshore lifeboat was rehoused at 1.07pm.

At 6.30pm, St Davids launched on a planned training exercise to continue volunteer crew training.

At 4.11am on Friday 25 August, St Davids RNLI responded to a PAN PAN distress call after a yacht got into difficulties two miles south west of South Bishop Lighthouse.

All-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched into the darkness and was quickly on scene in calm conditions. Upon assessment of the situation, Coxswain Will Chant decided a tow to Milford Haven was the best course of action to enable repair of the yacht's engine.

Once the charity’s lifeboat was south of Skomer island, Milford Haven coastguard requested Angle RNLI take over the tow to ensure good operational cover was maintained along the north Pembrokeshire coast. St Davids lifeboat returned to station and rehoused at 7.32am.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, said: ‘Both lifeboat launches proved firsts for members of our volunteer crew, with recently qualified Chris Edwards as deputy mechanic on the South Bishop light house rescue and crew member Sarah Kirby’s first shout on the inshore lifeboat.

'All-weather lifeboat crew member Dr Roger Scofield assisted us shore side at Abereiddi, travelling to the scene by car. It was also the first time I’ve worked alongside my wife Lottie who attended the Abereiddi incident in her capacity as St Davids Fire and Rescue officer. Although a busy day, we train to ensure we can continue saving lives at sea, 24 hours a day.’

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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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Yacht under tow

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Handing over the tow operation to RNLI Angle

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Fire officer Lottie with coxswain husband Will Chant at Abereiddi

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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