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Penarth RNLI crews race to capsized catamarans

Lifeboats News Release

Having just completed a planned exercise, Penarth’s volunteer lifeboat crews were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguards today 8 May 2016, at 10.20am, to reports of a catamaran in difficulty at Sully Bay.

The station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, quickly reached Sully Bay and took over the recovery of the catamaran from a safety boat. The catamaran was towed back to Sully slipway, however there was no time to rest for the volunteer crew, as a second catamaran also got into difficulty. It was also placed under tow by the lifeboat crew. All on board both vessels were safe and well.

These two shouts happened as a group of volunteers walked around Penarth to raise much needed funds for the station as part of national RNLI Mayday events.

The volunteer crews returned to station to prepare boats and equipment for the next call out.

Notes to editors:
For more information please telephone Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Berry on 07951 051128.

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