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Two calls in one day for Penarth lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

The 1 June 2016 was marked with two calls for Penarth's volunteer lifeboat crews.

The first call, just before 1pm, was to reports of people at risk at Sully Island.  As the crew assembled at station it was confirmed that the people were safely ashore and our lifeboats were not, on this occasion, required.   If you get cut off by the tide at Sully Island or on the coast do not attempt to cross or enter the water. Instead, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Penarth's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the Maureen Lillian, was launched for the second time just after 7pm to a small fishing vessel with engine failure.  The boat, dragging its anchor just off Lavernock point, was heading towards a rocky shore.

The boat was made secure, a tow quickly established, and their anchor line released. The boat, and the two persons on board were safely towed back to Cardiff Barrage by the RNLI volunteers and met by Penarth Coastguard.

By 9pm the lifeboat and its equipment had been washed, checked and ready for its next call. The volunteer crew members returned to their families and friends.

Notes to editor

Attached is a video of Penarth RNLI assisting the small fishing boat with engine problems. Credit: RNLI/Penarth

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