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Penarth RNLI lifeboat help rescue grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth volunteer crews responded tonight, Saturday 4 February 2017 to a yacht that was aground just outside of Cardiff Bay barrage.

D class lifeboat being recovered

RNLI/Andy Berry

D class lifeboat being recovered

Penarth D class lifeboat was launched just after 7.30pm to assess the situation whilst the larger Atlantic class lifeboat was placed on standby, together with a salvage pump in case they were required. The D class soon identified the yacht, which had two adults and two children on board, all safe and well.

The lifeboat assisted the yacht float, and helped as it made its way back to the safety of Cardiff Bay barrage. The D class lifeboat returned to station where it was refuelled and made ready for service. The lifeboat crew members were given hot soup to aid the thawing out process and the volunteers were able to leave station just before 10pm.

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For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 /

Salvage pump being prepared

RNLI/Andy Berry

Salvage pump being prepared

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