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Sunday shout for Penarth and Barry Dock RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crews from Penarth and Barry Dock RNLI stations were paged on Sunday morning (17 July).

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D class lifeboat being recovered

Barry Dock RNLI crew were in the process of launching for their Sunday morning exercise when they were paged by the UK Coastguard at 9.32am to go and assist a small fishing vessel with engine failure. The vessel had anchored a mile south west of Sully Island.

As they had lost all engine power and the wind and tide were running together, there was a considerable amount of weight on their anchor line, making it nearly impossible to pull the anchor line in by hand, so the crew of the fishing boat took the safer option of cutting their anchor warp to allow Barry Dock Lifeboat to pass them a tow line.

We then took them under tow towards Cardiff Bay, before
Penarth RNLI's crew took over the tow and proceeded back to the safety of Cardiff Bay, where the vessel was met by colleagues from Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team.

Ben Phillips, of Barry Dock RNLI, said: 'This shout comes at the end of a very busy two weeks for Barry Dock RNLI with six shouts and a heavy programme of exercises to get our new coxswain Martin Bowmer inducted into the station and familiar with the lifeboat.'

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Ben Phillips, of Barry Dock RNLI, on , 07712 816756,
Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 /

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth crew debrief

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