Penarth RNLI lifeboat carries out major search

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI’s Atlantic class lifeboat launched today (Monday 15) at around 4.30pm.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Crews preparing for launch

At the request of the UK Coastguard the lifeboat, together with Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 were mobilised following the apparent activation of an emergency beacon in the Bristol Channel.

The lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, carried out an extensive sea search, assisted by the rescue helicopter. An extensive search pattern was carried out, with no sign of anything untoward being found. The lifeboat returned to station at 6.45pm and the boat was washed, refuelled and made ready for its next call.

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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 /

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