Penarth RNLI lifeboat crews called to fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Immediately prior to Penarth RNLI's Christmas meal pagers alerted the volunteer crew to a vessel in distress.

Fishing vessel towed into Cardiff Bay


Fishing vessel towed into Cardiff Bay through Barrage

Shortly after 5pm on Tuesday (20 December) the crew was requested to launch the station's B-class Atlantic 85 lifeboat to assist a broken down fishing vessel near the Monkstone lighthouse.

The lifeboat quickly reached the vessel and established an alongside tow, bringing the vessel in to the safety of Cardiff Bay to be met by Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team officers. At 7.15pm the lifeboat had returned to station, all kit was checked and packed away and crew members made their way off for the station's annual Christmas party.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show:

- Fishing vessel towed into Cardiff Bay through Barrage by Penarth RNLI lifeboat. Credit Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team

- RNLI lifeboat crews establishing tow on broken down vessel. Credit RNLI/Kath Fisher

- Penarth RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat preparing to launch. Credit RNLI/Kath Fisher

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951 051128 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Cries establishing a tow on broken down vessel

RNLI/Kath Fisher

Crews establishing tow on broken down vessel
Lifeboat preparing to launch

RNLI/Kath Fisher

Atlantic Class lifeboat preparing to launch

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