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Shouts 2017

December 24, 2017

Launch ALB 12.47

The ALB launched to the report of a red flare sighting, off Lawrenny. The lifeboat made best speed to Mill Bay and conducted a search utilising search lights, FLIR, night vision and radar up river toward Beggars Reach and back down to the Cleddau Bridge. Tenby Coastguards were also tasked and were searching the shorelines. With no sightings or further information, all units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station at ‎2‎:‎10‎:‎57‎ ‎AM

December 20, 2017

Launch ALB 13:01

The ALB launched to assist an injured crewman on board a 12 metre fishing boat, approximately 2 miles off St Ann’s Head. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the casualty at Thorn Island and transferred 2 crewmembers (1 being an off duty paramedic) to assist the injured fisherman. The fishing boat was escorted to The Fisherman’s pontoon at Milford. The fisherman was assisted off the fishing vessel and was handed over to the ambulance. The lifeboat was released and returned to station.

December 01, 2017

Launch ALB 21.46

The ALB launched after a member of public had reported hearing cries for help, off Milford Haven. The lifeboat arrived on scene and joined a local pilot vessel and numerous Coastguard officers in the search. The Y Boat was launched and conducted a shore line search whilst the lifeboat searched using searchlights, FLIR and night vision. The search was called off as there were no sightings and no further information. The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station.

November 03, 2017

Launch ALB 16.29

The ALB was launched as there were concerns over the welfare of 2 kayakers on the north side of Skomer. The kayakers had set out earlier on in the day from Martins Haven and had intended to go toward the Garland Stone. The NCI at Wooltack raised the concern as the weather was deteriorating. Whilst approaching St Ann’s Head, Wooltack NCI reported that the Kayakers were now visual and making their way into Martins Haven. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

October 27, 2017

Launch ALB 01.15

Saturday 28th October: The ALB launched at 0115 to assist a 19 metre, 80 ton fishing vessel, in a position 31 miles SSE of St Ann’s Head. The fishing vessel, with 5 crew on board, had suffered engine failure and required a tow back to Milford. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 0250 and after confirming all was ok on board, a tow was rigged and a course was made toward Milford Haven. The fishing vessel was berthed alongside the Fisherman’s pontoon at the entrance to Milford Docks six hours later with the lifeboat returning to station at 0920.

October 26, 2017

Launch ALB 20.10

Friday 27th October: The ALB launched at 2010 to search for a RIB, with 3 people onboard, which was reported overdue. The 7 metre RIB was believed to be shark fishing in an area from The Smalls lighthouse into the Celtic Deep. Other units tasked were St Davids lifeboat, Dale Coastguard, helicopter R187 and Dyfed Powys Police. A search from St Ann’s Head to The Smalls lighthouse was commenced using search lights, night vision goggles and FLIR camera. R187 found the RIB heading back to Dale. Once it was confirmed by Dale Coastguard that this was the vessel we were searching for, all units were stood and we returned to station at 2300.

October 25, 2017

Launch ALB 10.55

Thursday 26th October: The ALB launched at 1055 to the aid of an injured skipper of a fishing boat, off Grassholm Island. Also tasked to this incident was a rescue helicopter from St Athan. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the casualty vessel 2 miles west of Skokholm Island and transferred 2 crewmembers to provide casualty care. On the arrival of the rescue helicopter, a paramedic was lowered onto the casualty vessel to assess the condition of the skipper. It was decided to airlift the skipper to hospital. Once the airlift was complete and with the helicopter on its way to Swansea, the lifeboat recovered the crewmembers and returned to station at 1300.

We wish the skipper a speedy recovery.

October 17, 2017

Launch ALB 08.25

Wednesday 18th October: The ALB launched at 0825 to assist an 11 metre fishing vessel, with 2 crew on board which had a fouled propeller approximately 1 mile west of Linney Head. The lifeboat arrived on scene and after confirming that all was OK on board, a tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to Neyland marina. At the entrance to the marina, the tow was let go and the casualty was able to manoeuvre under their own power. The lifeboat was then released and returned towar...d the station. Whilst passing Milford, another tasking was received.

The lifeboat was tasked to assist a 10 metre yacht, with 1 person on board which had engine failure and was unable to sail, off South Haven, Skomer Island. The lifeboat arrived on scene and transferred a crewmember onto the casualty vessel to assist the lone sailor. A tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to Neyland marina. At the entrance to the marina, the tow was transferred to the local workboat which assisted the casualty with berthing alongside a pontoon. The crewmember returned to the lifeboat and with no other assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station at 1515.

October 02, 2017

Launch ALB 20.06

Tuesday 3rd October: The ALB launched at 2006 to a 4.7 metre RIB, with 1 person on board, that had engine failure and taking on water in East Angle Bay. The lifeboat arrived on scene and the Y Boat was launched to go alongside the RIB due to the depth of water. The water ingress was stopped, the RIB was secured to a nearby mooring and the crewman was transferred to the lifeboat. Once the Y Boat was recovered, the lifeboat returned to station at 2100.

September 25, 2017

Launch ALB 20.38

Tuesday 26th September: The ALB launched at 2038 to a 6.2 metre leisure fishing boat, with 4 people on board, which had machinery failure in East Angle Bay. The lifeboat quickly located the casualty with their anchor deployed. They recovered their anchor, a tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to Milford Docks where they were berthed alongside the pontoon in the lock pits, assisted by members of Dale coastguard. With no more assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station at 2145.

September 18, 2017

Launch ALB 20.56

Tuesday 19th September: The ALB launched to a 67 year old male who was missing after his kayak capsized off Sandy Haven. The lifeboat arrived on scene and conducted a search of the area, with the Y Boat searching in the entrance to Sandy Haven. Also involved with this incident was a SAR Helicopter, coastguard rescue teams from Dale and Broad haven, Dyfed Powys Police, Fire Service, a local pilot vessel, tugs and other passing craft. The lifeboat searched until being stood down following the recovery of the casualty.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

September 12, 2017

Launch ALB 02.05

Wednesday 13th September: The ALB launched following the activation of an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) in the Dale Roads area. The lifeboat launched and made best speed to the last reported position and located the EPIRB floating in the sea. This was immediately followed by large amounts of debris indicating that a vessel had probably foundered. The owner of the 14 metre yacht that the EPIRB was registered to confirmed that no persons were on board. With... the wind history, it was decided to search the shoreline between Great Castle Head and Dale to see if there were any signs of the vessel. On the arrival at Great Castle Head a mooring buoy along with a section of the hull, a submerged flashing light and a strong smell of diesel was located. A search of the area for any casualties and debris was initiated between the lifeboat, SAR helicopter, a local pilot vessel and coastguard rescue teams from Dale and Broad Haven. After a thorough search, and with no one reported missing, all units were stood down with the lifeboat returning to station at 0605.

August 31, 2017

Launch ALB 16.36

Friday 1st September: The ALB launched at 1636 to the report of a vessel aground at Mill Bay, Lawrenny. Whilst proceeding, information was received that the vessel had refloated itself and was now safe alongside the pontoon at Burton. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 1721.

August 31, 2017

Launch ALB 03.47

Friday 1st September: The ALB launched at 0347 following a “mayday” from a 12 metre motor boat, with 1 person on board, which had struck rocks off Thorn Island and was sinking. A local pilot vessel had also responded to the incident. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the pilot vessel had towed the casualty vessel into deeper water. The lifeboat transferred 2 crew and a salvage pump onto the casualty in an attempt to stem the flow of water. Once satisfied that the pump was ma...naging the ingress of water, a tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to Neyland Marina where arrangements had been made of lift the casualty out of the water. Whilst en route, the skipper of the casualty vessel was assessed by the crew and it was decided to request an ambulance to meet us at Neyland as a precaution. At Neyland, the skipper was handed over to ambulance personnel and the vessel was lifted out of the water. With no more assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station 0735.

August 29, 2017

Launch ALB 20.45

Wednesday 30th August: The ALB launched at 2045 for a medevac of a 68 year female who was unwell on board a yacht in Dale Roads. The lifeboat arrived on scene and transferred 3 crew onto the yacht to access the casualty’s condition before transferring her onto the lifeboat. It was decided to take the casualty to the Mackerel Stage at Milford where an ambulance was due to arrive and for the yacht to also proceed to Milford, aided by a lifeboat crewmember. The lifeboat berthed ...alongside the pontoon and the crew continued to monitor the casualty. The skipper berthed his yacht in Milford Marina and returned to the lifeboat. With the casualty’s condition improving and with no eta of an ambulance, it was decided that the casualty would go back onto the yacht and to cancel the ambulance. With no more assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station 0030.

August 25, 2017

Launch ALB 00.31

Saturday 26th August: The ALB launched at 0031 to assist a 40ft ketch, with 3 people on board, in a position approx. 1.5 miles north of Grassholm Island. The ketch had suffered engine failure and was unable to sail due to the light winds and strong tides. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty was further north than originally stated due to the tidal flow. A tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to the Mackerel Stage at Milford where they were berthed alongside. With no more assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station at 0430.

August 20, 2017

Launch ALB 20.23

Monday 21st August: The ALB launched at 2023 to investigate reports of a drifting tender at Jenkins Point, Lawrenny. The lifeboat rendezvoused with the tender off East Llanion and due to the condition it was obvious that there had been no recent occupancy. The tender was taken to a nearby mooring where it was secured. With the Coastguard and lifeboat satisfied that no further assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to station at 2149.

August 17, 2017

Launch ALB 18.18

Friday 18th August: The ALB launched at 1818 to the report of a yacht, with 2 people on board, in difficulty off Rudders Boatyard in Burton. As the lifeboat was approaching Pembroke Dock, information was received that a small vessel had taken a person off the yacht which was now aground with 1 person remaining on board. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the yacht hard aground in shallow water so the Y Boat was launched to go and assess the situation. It was decided to deploy the yachts anchor to aid the recovery at the next high water, and to evacuate the occupant to the lifeboat. The occupant was taken to the pontoon at Rudders Boatyard where Coastguard Rescue Officers were waiting. The Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 1950.

August 16, 2017

Launch ALB 01.29

Thursday 17th August: The ALB launched at 0129 after a "pan-pan" broadcast was received from a 13 metre yacht in a position 2 miles SW of Skomer Island. The yacht with 5 people on board, was on passage from Milford Haven to Ireland when the propeller became fouled on a pot buoy anchoring them to the seabed and were unable to free themselves. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the yacht lying stern to the weather and tide with the pot buoy being visible as the yacht was pit...ching and rolling due to the sea conditions. After several attempts to secure a grapnel to the buoy line were made, the line parted and the yacht was noP drifting with the propeller still fouled. The skipper of the yacht decided to raise the sails in an attempt to make their own way back to port, however it was soon evident the fouled propeller was also obstructing the steering. Once the sails were lowered, a tow was rigged and the yacht was taken to the Mackerel Stage at Milford where it was berthed alongside. With no further assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station at 0615.

August 08, 2017

Launch ALB 18.24

Wednesday 9th August: The ALB launched at 1824 to investigate reports of a yacht aground at Pembroke Dock. As the lifeboat was passing Llanstadwell, information was received that the yacht had parted its mooring the previous night and the owner was in the process of boarding it in an attempt to re-float and take to safety. The lifeboat arrived on scene and the Y Boat was launched to assist with re-floating and then berthing the yacht alongside the pontoon at East Llanion. With the yacht and occupants safe, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 1957.

August 08, 2017

Launch ALB 10.07

Wednesday 9th August: The ALB launched at 1007 to assist a 47ft yacht which had engine failure, in a position 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. The yacht, with 3 people on board, was on passage to Milford when they experienced engine failure and needed assistance to enter the Milford Haven waterway due to the high amount of large vessel movements. The lifeboat arrived on scene, a tow was rigged and the yacht was taken to the Mackerel Stage where it was berthed alongside. With no more assistance needed, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 1328.

August 06, 2017

Launch ILB 22.03

Monday 7th August: The ILB launched at 2203 to the report of a tender, with 3 people on board, which had engine failure off Hobbs Point. As the lifeboat was launching it was reported that they had made it to their yacht but still required assistance to get ashore. The lifeboat arrived on scene and ferried the casualties, and their tender, to the slipway at Hobbs Point. Once all ashore, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 2310.

August 06, 2017

Launch ALB 03.47

Monday 7th August: The ALB launched at 0347 to assist a 21 metre, 220 ton fishing vessel which had lost all power and was drifting in a position 50 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Whilst proceeding, it was reported that another fishing vessel had offered to tow the casualty to Dunmore East and was due on scene at approximately 0700, so the lifeboat was tasked to standby on scene until the tow commenced. The lifeboat manoeuvred alongside the casualty to ascertain if all was OK on board and, when this had been confirmed, stood off until the arrival of the assisting fishing vessel. Once the tow was connected, the lifeboat was released and headed back towards Angle. Whilst passing The Smalls, still 18 miles away from the entrance to the Haven waterway, the lifeboat was tasked to assist in the search of a missing person in the Milford Haven area. Whilst the lifeboat was making best speed, it was confirmed that the person had been found so there was no longer any need of assistance. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 0955.

July 29, 2017

Launch ABL, stood down prior to launch

Sunday 30th July: The ALB was requested to launch at 1156 to assist a broken down vessel, off Dale. Whilst the crew were mustering at the station, another vessel had offered assistance and had the casualty under tow. The lifeboat was stood down prior to launching.

July 27, 2017

Launch ALB 18.56

Friday 28th July: The ALB launched at 1856 to assist a 7 metre yacht that was aground off Hakin, Milford Haven. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the yacht had drifted ashore because of a mooring failure and that the owners where attempting to re-float the yacht. Once afloat, the lifeboat escorted the yacht, now with 3 people on board, to the Mackerel Stage pontoon where it berthed alongside. The owners checked for damage and water ingress and when satisfied that all was intact, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 1935.

July 24, 2017

Launch ILB 20.45

Tuesday 25th July: The relief ILB launched at 2045 to the report of 4 people cut off by the tide near Wards Pier, Milford. The lifeboat arrived on scene and the crew spoke to several members of the public who were not in need of any assistance, and after a further shoreline search, no other sightings were made. With no more information, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 2130.

July 23, 2017

Launch ALB, stood down prior to launch

Monday 24th July: The ALB was requested to launch at 1834 to the report of 2 children cut off by the tide at Pembroke Dock. As the crew were preparing to launch, they were stood down as the children had made it to safety.

July 23, 2017

Launch ALB

Monday 24th July: The ALB was tasked to investigate reports of a cow that had gone over the cliff at West Angle. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the Y Boat was launched and went to assess the situation and to see what would be the best method of extraction. As the Y Boat was approaching the shore, the farmer along with his colleagues, were in the process of recovering the cow to safety themselves. Once the cow and farmers were safe, the Y Boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 1820.

July 23, 2017

Launch ALB 16.52

Monday 24th July: The ALB launched at 1652 to a 7 metre open sports boat, with 3 people on board whose skipper had injured his finger, in a position to the east of West Block House Point. The lifeboat arrived on scene and transferred 2 crewmembers onto the casualty vessel to provide casualty care. It was decided to escort the vessel back to its mooring in Dale, where the skipper and his 2 passengers were transferred ashore by the lifeboat. The skipper was taken to hospital where he received further treatment. As the lifeboat was departing Dale, another tasking was received…

July 15, 2017

Launch ILB 19.34

Sunday 16th July: The ILB launched at 1934 to the report of a farmer, who was believed to be in the water attempting to rescue a calf, near Watch House Point. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the farmer and calf were on the water’s edge. It was decided to secure the calf alongside the lifeboat and, with the farmer on board, the lifeboat preceded to Monk Bay where they were both landed safe ashore. The lifeboat was released and returned to station at 2030.

July 12, 2017

Launch ALB 19.14

Thursday 13th July: The ALB launched at 1914 to assist a broken down RIB, in the shipping channel between Thorn Island and Dale Fort. The 7 metre RIB, which had 3 people on board, had set their anchor to prevent further drifting. Once the lifeboat arrived on the scene the anchor was recovered, a tow was rigged and the RIB was taken to the Mackerel Stage at Milford where they were safely berthed. The lifeboat returned to station at 2020.

July 08, 2017

Launch ALB 20.52

Sunday 9th July: (Third shout of the day) The ALB launched at 2052 to assist a 5 metre RIB that had engine failure, with 2 persons on board, near to the South Hook Jetty. When on scene and after confirming all was OK, a tow was rigged and the casualty was taken to Hobbs Point where they were berthed alongside the pontoon. With no further assistance required, the lifeboat returned to station at 2210.

July 08, 2017

Launch ILB 19.15

Sunday 9th July: The ILB launched at 1915 to assist a 12ft motor boat, with 2 people on board which had engine failure, off Sandy Haven. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the casualty in close proximity to the shore and once confirming that all was OK on board, a tow was rigged and the tow was taken to Gelliswick. At Gelliswick the casualty was taken onto the slipway were they were able to recover to their trailer. With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 2002.

July 08, 2017

Launch ALB 16.48

Sunday 9th July: The ALB was requested to launch at 1648 to a report of a person in the water off Hobbs Point. Whilst the crew were mustering the launch was cancelled as the person was assisted to safety by a passing vessel.

July 05, 2017

Launch ALB 22.49

Thursday 6th July: The ALB was requested to launch at 2249 to assist with the search for a missing person, believed to be in the Lindsway Bay and Dale area. Whilst the crew were mustering the launch was cancelled as the person was found safe and well in land.

July 04, 2017

Launch ALB 11.33

Wednesday 5th July: The ALB launched at 1133 to assist a 9m yacht with 1 person on board, in poor visibility, approximately 6 miles NW of Grassholm Island. There were concerns for his safety as he was close to shipping lanes with poor communications, no radar and the vessel was hard to acquire on other vessels’ radars. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the visibility was down to less than 2 cables. After discussions with the yachtsman, it was decided to escort the yacht into Milford Haven. As the lifeboat approached St Ann’s Head, the visibility within the Haven was clear so with the yachtsman’s approval, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 1450.

June 29, 2017

Launch ALB 09.29

Friday 30th June: The ALB launched at 0929 to a drifting 26ft yacht, off Stack Rock. Whist mustering, a local Pilot vessel had attached a tow to the yacht to keep it from drifting into shallow water but requested the assistance of the lifeboat. When the lifeboat arrived on scene, with it being apparent that the yacht had parted their moorings and no persons were present, the tow was passed over and the yacht was taken to the Mackerel Stage where it was secured alongside. With no further assistance required, the ALB was released and returned to station at 1017.

June 24, 2017

Launch ALB 17.08

Sunday 25th June: The ALB launched at 1708 to a 17ft leisure fishing vessel, with 2 people and a dog on board, which had engine failure and was taking on water, off Burton. Whilst the lifeboat was making best speed to the casualty, a nearby RIB had responded to the coastguards “Mayday” broadcast and was alongside assisting. The water ingress was slowed and the RIB took the casualty in tow and berthed alongside the pontoon at Rudders Boatyard, Burton, so repairs could be carried out. The lifeboat arrived on scene, along with Broad Haven Coastguard, and once confirmed that no further assistance was required, the lifeboat returned to station at 1813.

June 17, 2017

Launch ILB 17.33

Sunday 18th June: The ALB launched at 1733 to assist a 24ft motor boat, with 5 people on board, which had a fouled propeller off Marloes Sands. A passing vessel had offered assistance and started towing the casualty back toward Neyland. The lifeboat rendezvoused with both vessels and it was agreed that the lifeboat would escort the tow into the Haven and once off Chapel Bay, and with both vessels happy with the situation, the lifeboat was released and returned to station at 1906.

June 06, 2017

Launch ILB 17.07

Wednesday 7th June: The ILB re launched at 1707 to assist with the recovery of the casualty from the previous shout. The lifeboat recovered the casualty and transferred ashore to awaiting personnel. The lifeboat was released and returned to station at 1940.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

June 06, 2017

Launch ILB 14.48

Wednesday 7th June: The ILB launched at 1448 to assist in the search of a missing 20 year old male, in the Pembroke River. The lifeboat searched Pennar Gut and up the Pembroke River but was stood down when the casualty was located by land based teams. The ILB returned to station at 1640.

June 05, 2017

Launch ALB 13.49

Tuesday 6th June: The ALB launched at 1349 to investigate reports of a yacht aground off Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock. As the lifeboat approached the scene, the Water Ranger reported the yacht had parted its moorings, a line attached and the yacht pulled the yacht into deeper water. Due to the weather conditions on scene, the lifeboat was asked to assist with securing the yacht alongside a pontoon at Dale Sailing, Neyland. With the yacht safe, the lifeboat was released and returned to station 1521.

June 03, 2017

Launch ALB 16.01

Sunday 4th June: The ALB launched at 1601 to assist an 11 metre fishing vessel, with 2 crew on board which had a fouled propeller off Freshwater West. Another fishing vessel was assisting until the arrival of the lifeboat. The ALB rendezvoused with both vessels off Sheep Island and the tow was transferred and the casualty was taken to its berth at Neyland. Once secured alongside, the ALB was released and returned to station at 1818.

May 30, 2017

Launch ALB and ILB 11.05

Wednesday 31st May: Both boats were launched at 1105 to assist in the search of a missing 28 year old male. The lifeboats, along with multiple vessels and land based teams searched an area from Milford Haven to Lawrenny until the casualty was located. The ILB recovered the casualty and transferred to an awaiting ambulance at the Port Authority jetty. Both boats were released and returned to station at 1433.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

May 28, 2017

Launch ALB 22.43

Monday 29th May: The ALB launched at 2243 to locate a despondent male, on the rocks, at Gelliswick Bay. On arrival, the Y Boat was deployed as a precaution and searchlights were used to illuminate the area whilst Dyfed Powys Police and Coastguard Rescue officers managed to bring the casualty to safety. The Y Boat was recovered and the ALB returned to station at 2350.

May 27, 2017

Launch ILB 20.07

Sunday 28th May: The ILB launched at 2007 to investigate the report of a drifting kayak off Milford Haven. The ILB arrived on scene and immediately had a sighting of an object which was a log tangled up with a mooring buoy, and after discussions with the first informant, confirmed that this was what was reported. The ILB recovered the log and returned to station at 2027.

May 27, 2017

Launch ALB 15.15

Sunday 28th May: The ALB launched at 1515 to assist a 5 metre speed boat, with 7 people on board that had engine failure and unsure of their position, within the Milford Haven waterway. On launching further information was received that they could be near the entrance to the Haven so the ALB proceeded to Thorn Island. The casualty was located close to Sheep Island and on arrival, 6 of the occupants were transferred onto the ALB and the casualty was taken in tow to Dale. At Dale the Y Boat was deployed and towed the casualty to the slipway and transferred the occupants ashore. The Y Boat was recovered and the ALB returned to station at 1710.

May 26, 2017

Launch ALB 22.00

Saturday 27th May: The ALB launched at 2200 after a member of the public reported seeing a drifting motor boat with the outboard engine in the down position, off Castle Pill, Milford. Whilst approaching the scene, a pilot vessel had located the casualty on the shoreline with the occupant still on board. The Y Boat was deployed and went ashore to assist, where the casualty was towed back to their mooring in Castle Pill. With no further assistance required, the Y Boat was recovered and the ALB returned to station at 2248.

May 23, 2017

Launch ILB 20.05

Wednesday 24th May: The ILB launched at 2005 to assist a 7 metre motor cruiser, with 2 people on board, which had engine failure off Sandy Haven. The ILB arrived on scene to find the casualty vessel at anchor, and after confirming that all was well on board, an alongside tow was rigged. The anchor was recovered and the casualty was taken back to its moorings in Sandy Haven where it was safely secured. With no further assistance required, the ILB was released and returned to station at 2057.

May 22, 2017

Launch ALB 22.17

Tuesday 23rd May: The ALB was launched at 2217 to assist a 35m tall ship, which had steering issues at the entrance to the West Channel in nil visibility. A local pilot vessel was escorting the casualty but had requested lifeboat assistance. When on scene, the tall ship was approaching Dale Roads with the intentions to drop anchor when at the anchorage. With the anchor deployed and set, the ALB was released and returned to station at 2305.

May 21, 2017

Launch ALB 10.29

Monday 22nd May: The ALB launched at 1029 to assist a 19m fishing vessel, with 5 people on board that had a fouled propeller in a position approximately 8 miles SW of The Smalls. When on scene, a tow was passed to the drifting vessel and a course for Milford Haven was set. On arrival at Milford, the vessel was put into an alongside tow and berthed against the Fisherman’s Pontoon. With no more assistance required, the ALB was released and returned to station at 1615.

May 01, 2017

Launch ILB 17.44

Tuesday 2nd May: The ILB launched at 1944 to provide safety cover to a member of the public who had climbed down rocks to rescue a stranded bullock, to the south of West Angle Bay. When on scene, two ILB crewmembers went ashore to assess the options of evacuation whilst the ILB transferred the now stranded member of the public to West Angle beach. As the ILB was returning, the local farmer was on the shore line offering assistance so he was transferred to the scene. After numerous attempts, the bullock was eventually secured and towed to West Angle beach where it was placed in a field. With no more assistance required, the ILB was released and returned to station at 2135.

April 29, 2017

Launch ALB 07.25

Sunday 30th April: The ALB launched at 0725 to the report of a yacht aground in Dale. When on scene, the Y Boat was launched and went to investigate whether there were any people on board and to assess the condition of the yacht. It was evident that the yacht had parted its mooring and had been driven ashore by the onshore wind. To save the yacht from being badly damaged with the incoming tide, it was decided to tow it off the beach and onto a nearby mooring. With the yacht safely secured, the Y Boat was recovered and the ALB returned to station at 0910.

April 28, 2017

Launch ALB 10.28

Saturday 29th April: The ALB launched at 1028 to assist a 9 metre commercial dive vessel which had engine failure approximately 0.2nm from Hoppers Point and was reported to be drifting ashore. The ALB made best speed to the scene as there were concerns for the 3 people on board as communications to the vessel were lost. On scene, the vessel was found to be at anchor and requiring a tow to Dale. Having established that all was OK on board, a tow was rigged and the vessel was taken to Dale where it was placed onto its mooring. With no further assistance required, the ALB was released and returned to station at 1216.

April 24, 2017

Launch ALB 19.21

Tuesday 25th April: The ALB launched at 1951 to the report of an 18ft sailing boat, with 1 person on board, being blown onto the shore off East Llanion. There were concerns for the occupant’s welfare. As the ALB was approaching the scene, it was reported that the casualty had made it ashore to safety and was arranging the recovery of the boat over the next high water. The ALB was released and returned to station at 2100.

April 23, 2017

Launch ALB 11.21

Monday 24th April: The ALB launched at 1121 to an 11 metre fishing vessel, with 2 people on board, which had engine failure in a position 3 miles SW of Linney Head. When on scene, and after confirming all was OK on board, a tow was rigged and the fishing vessel was taken to Neyland where it was safely secured alongside their berth. With no more assistance required, the ALB was released and returned to station at 1450.

April 08, 2017

Launch ALB 12.24

Sunday 9th April: The ALB launched at 1224 to assist a 50ft ketch, with 2 people on board, which had run aground off Pwllcrochan Flats. On arrival, the ketch was still on an even keel so it was decided to pass a tow in an attempt to tow her into deeper water. A bow tow was rigged and the ketch was pulled off the mud into deeper water. The skipper checked for any signs of damage or water ingress and once satisfied that all was in order, the ketch continued on its passage to Llangwm , and the ALB was released to return to station at 1335.

April 05, 2017

Launch ALB 20.36

Thursday 6th April: Whilst returning from exercise, at 2036, the ALB received an undesignated DSC distress from a vessel within the Milford Haven waterway. The ALB preceded at best speed to the position which was off the Valero berth 7 jetty. On scene, the ALB manoeuvred alongside the tanker and after discussions with the crew it was confirmed that the distress was sent in error. With no assistance required, the ALB was released and returned to station at 2110.

March 09, 2017

Launch ALB 17:54

Thursday 9th March: The ALB launched at 1754 to reports of a Microlight aircraft that had crashed into the water, off Rudders Boatyard, Burton.

Also responding to this incident was a local Range Safety vessel, Dyfed Powys Police, Ambulance, Coastguard Rescue Officers and two leisure craft. Whilst arriving on scene, we were informed that the single occupant had swum to the shore adjacent to Burton and transferred to Rudders Boatyard by a local RIB.

The Y Boat was launched and two crew went ashore to gather more information whilst the paramedics were assessing the casualty. As no assistance was needed ashore, the Y Boat searched the shoreline whilst the ALB searched the main channel for any debris. With no sightings, the Y Boat was recovered and the ALB returned to station at 1920.

December 18, 2016

Launch ALB 17.01

Sunday 18th December: The ALB launched at 1701 to a report of a youth in a tender with one oar, in possible difficulty, off Wards Pier, Milford. Whilst arriving on scene the youth was located on the water’s edge at the entrance to Castle Pill by a local pilot vessel but because of the depth of water, communication was difficult. The Y Boat was launched and went to see whether any assistance was needed. The youth was waiting for the incoming tide to allow for sufficient water to get the tender back to its mooring in Castle Pill and declined any assistance. The Y Boat was recovered, and the ALB returned to station 1750.

December 18, 2016

Launch ALB 11.09

Sunday 18th December: The ALB was diverted from exercise at 1109 to a Pan-Pan (“Urgency”) broadcast from a six metre motor boat in Gelliswick Bay. On arrival, the casualty was found to be at anchor due to a mechanical problem. An alongside tow was rigged, the anchor was recovered, and the casualty was taken to Milford Docks where it was berthed against the pontoon. The ALB was released and returned to station at 1206.

December 02, 2016

Launch ILB 08:44

The ILB launched at approximately 0845 to assist the ALB and other assets in the search for a person reported overboard from the Pembroke-Rosslare ferry. The ILB conducted a thorough search of the Milford Haven waterway so far as the Cleddau Bridge, before the casualty was found by a Port Authority vessel in the upper reaches of the Haven. The ILB crew headed to the location of the casualty and assisted Coastguard Helicopter crew in recovering the casualty. Sadly the casualty was deceased, and our thoughts are with the casualty's family..

December 02, 2016

Launch ALB Mark Mason 16-11 08:40

The ALB launched at 0840 to assist in the search for a person reported overboard from the Pembroke-Rosslare ferry. The ALB made an initial search in the area of Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal, before being retasked to search outside the Haven, between Skokholm and Grassholm. For more details read the above report of the ILB service to the same incident. The ALB rehoused at approximately 1130.

November 24, 2016

Launch ALB Mark Mason 10:44

The ALB launched at 1044 to assist a 7 metre fishing boat, with 1 person on board that had a fouled propeller, approximately 1 mile south of Skokholm Island. When on scene and after confirming that there was no damage, a tow was rigged and a course was made for Milford Haven. At the entrance to Milford Docks, the casualty was put into an alongside tow and berthed at the Fishermen’s Pontoon. The ALB returned to station at 1305.

November 03, 2016

Launch ALB 14:30

The ALB was requested to launch at 1430 in response to a Mayday distress call from a passenger RIB off Ramsey Island. St Davids ALB launched and once they arrived alongside the casualty, Angle ALB was stood down at 1438 prior to launching.

November 10, 2016

Launch ALB Mark Mason 11:03

The ALB was requested to launch at 1103 to reports of three persons in the water at Ward's Pier, Milford Haven. Just after launching the three were reported as having got safely ashore, and the ALB was stood down, arriving back on the slipway at 1135.What's this item about?

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