Speedboat rescued by Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

Just before lunchtime on Sunday 29 May, volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were called out to rescue a speedboat with engine faliure off Porthkerry Beach.

Despite undergoing extensive testing the day before, the speedboat's engine failed while they were at sea and the boats' owners were unable to restart them.  

Jon Atkins, Coswain of the Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat said 'it was bad luck to have the engines fail, but sea conditions were good and we were able to tow the boat back to safety without further incident.'

At 6pm that evening, the crew were called out to another broken down boat, but were stood down after assembling at the lifeboat station.  

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