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Penarth RNLI lifeboat rushes to motor sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crews from Penarth RNLI launched to attend stricken vessel.

RNLI/Owain Davies

Penarth D class lifeboat returning from shout

Penarth RNLI was tasked this afternoon (Thursday 19 October), shortly after 4.35pm, by the UK Coastguard after a 37ft motor sailing vessel had engine failure just outside of Cardiff Bay Barrage. Using the highly manoeuvrable D class lifeboat Penarth RNLI's volunteer crew established an alongside tow and brought the vessel to the safety of Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Although a quick shout for us, with deteriorating weather the rescue was made in rough sea conditions - which also made for some great pictures - the featured one taken by Helm Owain Davies.

All three people on board the vessel were safe and well. Our boat returned to station at approximately 5.45pm.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951051128 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Media Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

RNLI/Owain Davies

Vessel being escorted through Cardiff Barrage

RNLI/Andy Berry

Tractor awaiting lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Berry

D class being recovered in rough weather

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