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Saturday morning call for Barry Dock RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Any hopes of a Saturday morning lie-in for the crew of Barry Dock Lifeboat were dashed on Saturday morning when their pagers went off at 7:33am.

The lifeboat crew were called out to a small fishing boat with engine difficulties in Porthkerry Bay, a short distance from Barry Dock Lifeboat Station.

The crew onboard the fishing boat Freedom were hoping for a quiet morning of fishing when their engine failed, so they dropped their anchor and called the Coastguard to ask for assistance while they attempted to get their engine restarted. As the lifeboat was making its way towards the stricken vessel ready to tow them back to Barry Harbour, they were able to restart their engine, and were then able to make their way back to Cardiff Bay.

Barry Dock Lifeboat then escorted the Freedom as it made its way back towards Cardiff Bay for some more thorough repairs to their engine. Once the Freedom had made it safely to the Cardiff Bay Barrage, Barry Dock Lifeboat then headed back to station for a wash down and refuel ready for the next service call.

Station Mechanic Richy Tutton spoke of the importance of engine maintenance before going to sea: 'It's always really important to make sure that all of your engines and machinery are working well before you head out. The most minor issue can mean big trouble when you are out at sea. Luckily, the crew of the Freedom did the right thing and dropped an anchor and called for help before they got into any serious trouble.'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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