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Late night call for Penarth RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

Our Atlantic class lifeboat was launched at approximately 11:30pm on 24th July 2017.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Motor vessel towed by Penarth RNLI
Penarth RNLI were requested to assist Barry Dock lifeboat with a vessel tow. A motor cruiser had broken down, and was initially towed by Portishead Lifeboat, then subsequently picked up by Barry Dock Lifeboat. The volunteer crews of Penarth RNLI used the Atlantic class lifeboat for the final leg of the tow into the safety of Cardiff Bay. All people on board the casualty vessel were safe and well.

A great example of crews across the RNLI working seamlessly together to ensure an effective rescue.

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 /

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth Atlantic class preparing for launch

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth RNLI crew members watching the tow in progress

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