The St Davids lifeboat was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard on Saturday at 3:15pm following a report from local vessel Gower Ranger. The visiting group of paddle boarders had paddled out from Porthclais harbour earlier in the day but got into difficulty off the south west corner of Ramsey island and were in danger of being blown out into the Irish Sea.

Also on scene was a local RHIB owned by an off duty volunteer lifeboat crew member who successfully assisted them into a sheltered part of Ramsey island, standing by until St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley arrived.

This was coxswain Will Chant’s first shout at the helm since taking on the permanent role two days before on July 7. Once on scene, the crew took all 16 casualties and equipment onboard before returning them to Porthclais harbour where the volunteer crew were assisted by St Davids Coastguard rescue team.

Will Chant, RNLI coxswain for St David’s RNLI lifeboat, says:

“Fortunately all sixteen casualties were unharmed and in good spirits, and I thank the crew of the Gower Ranger and our off duty crew member Martin Charlton for his assistance. Although the conditions were calm within the shelter of the bay, the strong offshore wind was taking the SUP boards out to sea.

“Another half an hour and the group would likely have been in serious difficulty. We would urge all SUP boarders to check local weather conditions and tides before setting off to sea, wear a suitable personal flotation device and ensure you have a means of calling for help.”

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.