Double trouble for Penarth's RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew members of Penarth's lifeboat responded to two calls in quick succession on the Saturday of August Bank holiday weekend.

RNLI/Andy Berry

We launched our D class lifeboat just after 3.30pm on 25th August to check on the welfare of a single-manned yacht which was aground at the mid channel sandbar. With the tide turning the vessel soon floated off and returned on its journey with the lifeboat providing a safety escort.

We were then called to a second yacht which had some engine problems and was at anchor. A nearby vessel offered some assistance and established a tow whilst we were en route. We placed 2 crew members onto the casualty vessel to assist with the anchor and provided an escort into the safety of Cardiff Bay.

We are really grateful to the vessel which offered assistance, and continued the tow to the second casualty vessel, even once we arrived on scene.

Our lifeboat returned to station shortly after 5:20pm and following refueling, washing and restocking we booked back on service.

For further information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI press officer on 07951051128.

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