Penarth and Barry Lifeboats called to assist grounded yacht
Two lifeboats rushed to assist a grounded yacht soon after 3.07pm today, 9th October 2017.
A mayday call had been made by the skipper of the yacht which had run aground on the treacherous Wolves Rock.
Penarth Atlantic lifeboat was quickly launched, together with the all-weather lifeboat from Barry Dock. It was soon confirmed that all three people on the yacht were safe and well, but as a precaution they were transferred to Barry Dock lifeboat. Lines were established onto the stricken vessel, and both lifeboats steadied the yacht as the tide started to turn. This was technically challenging due to the extent that the yacht was aground and also the very low spring tide at the time. The vessel suffered some damage as the tide lifted and dropped it onto the rocks.
The vessel floated off the rocks and was escorted back to Penarth Marina by the Penarth lifeboat.
A number of vessels responded to the mayday call pending the arrival of the lifeboats, for which we would like to express our thanks.
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 / Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk
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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.