Tuesday night training interrupted by call-out for Penarth lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Regular training for Penarth's RNLI crew members was put on hold 28th August 2018.

As our Atlantic lifeboat was taking part in a training exercise we were diverted at 8.15pm by Milford Haven coastguards to assist a sailing yacht with a fouled propeller.

With good sailing conditions the skipper of the yacht was able to make good progress to Lavernock point, but would have been unable to enter Cardiff Bay through the barrage unaided. The lifeboat crew established a tow and brought the casualty vessel back to the safety of Cardiff Bay barrage.

This was the second call during our planned training evening, our earlier call being to 2 people cut off at Sully Island.

Whenever we train we ensure that our lifeboats are fully operational, and ready to deploy as required to a real time incident.

The training we carry out on a weekly basis ensures that we can respond quickly and efficiently to calls at any time of the day or night.

For further information please contact Andy Berry, LPO Penarth lifeboat station, 07951 051128

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