Two tows and a rockfall in 2 hours for busy Penarth RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

We launched our Atlantic Lifeboat shortly after 4.30pm Friday 20 July.

RNLI/Phil Lay

Ketch under tow, Penarth RNLI
At the request of Milford Haven Coastguards we provided a 45 ft ketch with a tow into Cardiff Barrage. The vessel had suffered engine and power failure the evening before, but had remained safely at anchor in the Penarth area whilst attempts were made by the 2 people on board to fix the engine.

Unfortunately the repairs could not be made, and the anchor holds started to slip, so the crew on board made the decision to call the lifeboat.

The larger of Penarth's lifeboats was able to establish a tow and bring the vessel to safety.

On returning from this shout we were diverted to assist
a 23ft vessel with similar problems, located just outside Cardiff Bay barrage. A tow was set up and the vessel brought into the barrage to be moored pending engine repairs. We were especially pleased to help the skipper - he had recently helped us raise funds at the Cardiff Sail Day, so we were able to pay him back with a tow!

Finally we carried out a quick inspection following a small rockfall at Lavernock Point to ensure no one had been hurt.

For further information please contact Andy Berry LPO Penarth 07951 051128

RNLI/Andy Berry

Ketch under tow by Penarth RNLI
Penarth RNLI, helping those who help us

RNLI/Andy Berry

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