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RNLI highlights from Penarth Summer Festival 2016

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI's team provided many highlights for visitors to this year's summer festival.

Penarth's volunteer RNLI station opened its doors to members of the public on Saturday (16 July). 

Visitors could meet the crew, hear about their rescue work and see both their lifeboats and the Flood Rescue Team boat which is based at Barry.  In addition visitors were treated to rescue displays both on the land and at sea. 

With colleagues from HM Coastguard the lifebat crew helped with a display of winching from the pier.  

The highlight from the day for many though will be the visits from not one but two helicopters.  Working firstly with our colleagues at the National Police Air Service at St Athan we showed how we could work together to rescue people from the sea.  This display was then followed by one with rescue 187, the Coastguard rescue helicopter based also based at St Athan.  We were able to work close into shore, so people could get really close to the action as crew members were winched from the sea and also from the lifeboat.

As the displays concluded we were called to assist Barry Dock lifeboat with a real-life call out to a yacht which had suffered power failure.  Our volunteer crews immediately launched to provide assistance as the yacht was towed back to Cardiff Barrage.
Jason Dunlop, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'Thanks to all our rescue service colleagues who made this a day to remember for so many, and special thanks to all the adults and children who came to see us, hear our community safety messages and understand the risks we face whilst saving lives at sea.'
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For further information, please contact please contact Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Berry on 07951 051128 or RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, Chris Cousens on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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