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Penarth RNLI lifeboat rescues fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

There was a second shout in two days for Penarth RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews.

Vessel under tow by Penarth lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Berry

Vessel under tow by Penarth lifeboat

The crew was tasked at 1.45pm on Saturday (13 May) following reports of a broken down fishing boat near to Steepholm Island. The Atlantic class lifeboat was launched to assist the vessel, which had three people on board.

The 19 foot vessel had developed engine and fuel problems whilst at sea, and the Atlantic class lifeboat quickly established a long tow and brought the vessel back to the safety of Cardiff Bay.

On return to station the lifeboats and it's tractor were washed down, refuelled and made ready for service.

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI, said: 'This was a relatively straightforward but important call for us. We were assisted by out colleagues at Penarth's HM Coastguard rescue officers.'

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951051128 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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