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Penarth RNLI lifeboats race to stricken fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI's regular training evening was interrupted by reports of a vessel taking on water near to Cardiff Bay Barrage.

​Both of Penarth RNLI's lifeboats were launched on Tuesday evening (5 July) the 24ft fishing vessel.  

The vessel had five people on board, who were safe and well, but as a precaution a partial evacuation was undertaken. 

In addition Penarth RNLI volunteer crew members placed their salvage pump on to the vessel, which was then towed through the lock into Cardiff Bay where the vessel was met by HM coastguard.   

The lifeboats were then able to return to station to finish our training evening and ensure our boats were ready for the next call.​

Media contacts:

For more information 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.

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