Busy Saturday afternoon for Penarth RNLI
Two shouts in quick succession kept Penarth RNLI crews busy on Saturday (27 May).
Initially at 1.17 both boats, crewed by volunteers, attended to a 31ft yacht which had suffered engine problems. General assistance was given to the yacht, and the yacht placed at anchor whilst the skipper made the necessary repairs to the engine.
Just as the crew had prepared both lifeboats for their next service a yacht which had run aground was noted near Lavernock Point. As the vessel was badly listing the D class lifeboat went to investigate. The skipper of this vessel was just waiting for the tide to turn and he subsequently refloated without any assistance from the lifeboat.
Jason Dunlop, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'For many of the volunteer crew both shouts led to four hours down at the station, but of course we would always rather be called. Thanks to our colleagues at Penarth HM Coastguard station for their assistance.'
As the crew washed down the boats for the second time, an RNLI crew member's dog Rio, just like the boats, covered in mud, received a quick hose down too.
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For further information contact Andy Berry, lifeboat press officer for Penarth on 07951051128 or Chris Cousens RNLI Press Officer Wales and West on 07748 265 496 or email@example.com
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.