8th June. It was a busy day last Friday for the volunteer watchkeepers at the National Coastwatch Institutions Nell's Point station.
Just after midday they heard a radio call on channel 0 from the local Coastguard Rescue Team saying they were on scene at Whitmore Bay and that the Inshore Lifeboat was launched on service. They were both looking for a missing child between Nell's Point and Friar's Point in Whitmore Bay. One NCI watchkeeper left the station to patrol the coast path. 30 minutes later HM Coastguard called asking for any assistance that NCI Nell's Point could offer. Fifteen minutes later the RNLI Lifeguards at Whitmore Bay reported that the person had been found safe and well.
Then at 1500hrs, the station observed two inflatable kayaks out of Jacksons Bay - one with two males and the other with one male aboard. The watchkeepers informed Milford Haven Coastguard that they were concerned as both kayaks were drifting out to sea in the tide off the station. They were not in any danger but the watchkeepers kept them under observation and attempted to hail the kayakers viah loud hailer, but without success. At 15:25, the station received a call from Whitmore Bay RNLI Lifeguards about the kayakers. Again the station tried to hail them as they appeared to start paddling for shore. The kayak with one person onboard made it ashore and the other with two persons onboard recovered to the rocks in front of station with some difficulty at 1530. The two persons got ashore but abandoned their kayak. All three persons were now ashore safely and by 1600 the Lifeguards had recovered the abandoned and drifting kayak.
20 minutes later, the station called the Coastguard about two paddle boarders looking very tired and paddling against the tide. The Coastguard tasked Barry Dock ILB launched to assist the paddleboarders. The paddle boarders said they did not require assistance but Barry Dock ILB agreed they looked tired and recovered them and their boards back to Jackson Bay.
Then at 1730, the watchkeepers called the Coastguard to report two more paddle boarders who appeared to be in difficulty in Sully Bay. They advised the Coastguard of vessels nearby and Pilot Boat Robina Fisk was contacted by HM Coastguard and asked to check the paddle boarders. They reported that both were well and the paddleboarders were recovered to Jacksons Bay shortly afterwards..
Well done to the on duty watchkeepers at Nell's Point on what turned out to be an eventful Friday afternoon watch