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.

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.