The Inshore Rescue Boats (IRB) had another successful August with trips to Tenby in Pembrokeshire where we launched five boats (two Arancias, one Achilles, one Avon and our own 1968 Mini-boat ‘Naomi’) in to Milford Sound and worked on slow speed manoeuvres around the many pontoons and marina facilities, and also did some navigation around the oil terminals. We also launched from Tenby South Beach and circumnavigated Caldey Island on a seal-safari, and made passage to Tenby North Beach and Saundersfoot harbour.
On Day one whilst on the water we responded to a yachtsman who capsized his dinghy, then a few hours later one of our Arancias took an eight metre jet cruiser in tow when it suffered engine failure while towing seven people on an inflatable tube and drifted on to rocks, the rest of the boats returned the drifting swimmers to the shore.
On Day two we were tasked by the RNLI Beach Lifeguards to investigate an abandoned boat that was spotted from South Beach, and then assisted the D Class lifeboat in towing it back to the harbour.
It was a very positive trip away from the college that saw much skill development among the group and was a refreshing alternative and good opportunity to operate in a very busy area with many recreational and commercial craft and extensive buoyage.