Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat called out to a broken down speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Barry Dock RNLI were paged at 7.40pm last night (Wednesday) to reports of a speedboat that had run out of fuel and was anchored just off Sully Island.

Barry Dock all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Ben Phillips

Barry Dock all-weather lifeboat

They launched shortly after and made best speed towards the vessel. The vessel, crewed by four young men from Barry had left Cardiff Bay earlier in the day for a day’s cruising around the Barry and Sully area but had subsequently run out of fuel. After locating the vessel, and confirming that the crew were all safe and well, Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat passed them a tow line and towed them back to Barry Harbour, where one of the Barry Dock RNLI volunteers was able to take one of the crew to buy fuel, and once they were refuelled, they were able to head back towards Cardiff Bay.

Barry Dock RNLI’s new coxswain Martin Bowmer, speaking after his second shout at the station, spoke of the importance of good preparation:

‘Running out of fuel is a very easy mistake to make when you are having fun on a speedboat, but luckily the crew were well kitted out with lifejackets and were able to drop their anchor and avoid any major problems.’

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For more information please contact Ben Phillips, Barry Dock RNLI, on 07712 816756 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Barry Dock RNLi assist a boat that had run out of fuel off Sully Island

RNLI/Ben Phillips

Barry Dock RNLI assist a boat off Sully Island

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