Christmas (temporarily) on hold for Penarth Lifeboat Volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after 4.30pm, Monday 24th December, both of Penarth's lifeboats were launched on service.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth D class 2401218

At the request of Milford Haven Coastguards Penarth RNLI launched both lifeboats to assist a small fishing vessel which had a foul prop and was in danger of taking on water. The vessel was located a short distance from Penarth Pier, and the volunteers were able to locate the vessel quickly. Another fishing boat was standing off, ready to provide assistance to the vessel if required. The lifeboat crew were grateful for that vessel's assistance.

An alongside tow was set up and the vessel, which had two people on board, was towed to safety to be met by HM Coastguard officers from Penarth. The vessel had snagged on a long line, which had cause some damage to the vessel's prop shaft, fortunately both people on board were uninjured.

On returning to the station, both lifeboats were prepared for the next shout, and many of Penarth's volunteer crew members returned to their homes to continue festive preparations once again. This call shows the dedication of our crew members who will drop everything when a distress call comes in. Now its back to wrapping, trying to get children to sleep, and maybe, just maybe, having a little glass of sherry.

For further information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer at Penarth Lifeboat Station on 07951 051128

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth crew changing room, straight after launch

RNLI/Andy Berry

Almost empty lifejacket rail

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