Tenby lifeboat recovered an injured crewman from a container ship off the South Pembrokeshire coast in rough seas on Tuesday afternoon.

The Haydn Miller launched at 2.20 pm after the second mate of the 135-metre container ship Endeavor caught his hand in a door when it slammed shut on it in very rough seas 25 miles west south west of St. Anne's while en route from Liverpool to Bilbao in Spain. The result was a deep cut to his hand.

With no helicopter available and with the sea state making it impossible for a lifeboat to get alongside in their current position, it was decided, upon speaking with Milford Haven Coastguard, that the best course of action was for the Endeavor to make best speed possible to the shelter of Freshwater East.

Once launched, the lifeboat was soon on scene. The coxswain then had the difficult task of getting the lifeboat alongside the container ship in high winds and swell. This was soon accomplished and the casualty was taken aboard the lifeboat where he was assessed by the lifeboat crew before being taken back to Tenby where he was met by paramedics at Tenby Lifeboat Station before being taken to hospital.