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Late night rescue for Penarth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews from Penarth RNLI were called just after 9pm to a motor boat in difficulty near Sully Island.

Penarth RNLI volunteers were paged at 9pm on Sunday evening to attend to a 23ft motor boat located near Sully Island that had fuel problems.  With one person on board the stricken vessel, both the lifeboats were launched.  

RNLI crews established an alongside tow and towed the motor boat into Cardiff Bay through the barrage, where it was met by Penarth HM Coastguard officers.  Penarth volunteers returned to station to prepare the lifeboats for the next service call.  Allowing the length of the shout, many of the volunteers saw midnight at the station, and all returned home ready for bed and their day jobs.

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For further information please contact Andy Berry, lifeboat press officer for Penarth on 07951 051128 or Chris Cousens. RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 /

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