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Second shout in 24 hours for Penarth RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

Less than 24 hours after our previous shout, crews were paged to assist a 28ft fishing vessel in difficulty.

The call for assistance was received just before 9pm on Friday. Our Atlantic class lifeboat was launched to a fishing vessel, 28foot in length, near Newport deep. Unfortunately the vessel had lost all power. A long haul back to the safety of Cardiff Bay, in falling temperatures for our volunteer crew.

This shout turned into quite a long event, the state of the tide made towing the 28 foot vessel difficult, even for our larger Atlantic lifeboat, and so our colleagues from Barry Dock Lifeboat Station were also requested to attend. Our lifeboat took over the tow once again to escort the vessel back into the bay. It was 1am by the time most of the crew got home, a second late night/early morning for the volunteers having attended a similar incident less than 24 hours previously.

We are also grateful to the assistance of our colleagues from Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team. This was a great example of RNLI lifeboats working together to effect a rescue.

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For further information contact Andy Berry, lifeboat press officer Penarth RNLI on 07951 051128 or Chris Cousens RNLI Press officer Wales and West 07748 265496 or by email

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