TENBY’S lifeboat crew members were involved in two back-to-back mercy missions on Monday, May 29.

Both of Tenby’s RNLI lifeboats were launched with a Paramedic aboard at 2.20pm after a report that a lady had severe back pain on Caldey Island.

The lifeboat arrived at Caldey, and, as the tide was too low to get into the jetty, the paramedic and some volunteer crew were dropped ashore by the inshore lifeboat, where they were met by Caldey fire crew and taken to the casualty.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to Tenby to pick up members of Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team to assist in securing a helicopter landing site at Caldey Lighthouse if required.

After his assessment of the woman, the paramedic decided that a helicopter extraction was best so she was brought up to the lighthouse to the landing site, which had been secured by Tenby Coastguard and lifeboat crew.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter was soon overhead and landed to take the casualty on board and transport her to hospital.

The lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station, arriving at 4.30pm.

The inshore lifeboat, the Georgina Taylor, was almost immediately involved in a second rescue.

While returning from the previous shout to Caldey Island, it was diverted to three casualties that looked to be cut off by the incoming tide at 1st Point, Tenby.

The helmsman took the lifeboat into the rocks and the volunteer crew directed the casualties along a safe route the short distance back to Tenby’s North Beach.

Once the three were back on the beach, the lifeboat stood down and returned to station.