Very first shout for Penarth RNLI's newest lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Penarth's lifeboats were launched today (Friday 1 June) shortly before 7pm.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth D-822 first shout

Following a launch request from Milford Haven Coastguard, Penarth's volunteer crew launched the D class and Atlantic lifeboats to reports of two people in difficulty in the water in the River Rhymney.

Thankfully, both people were recovered safe and well from the water prior to the arrival of lifeboats, and they were stood down as they arrived on scene.This was a fast moving multi-agency rescue involving South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard Penarth and South Wales Police.

This was the first service call for lifeboat D-822, Penarth's new lifeboat, and came just a day before its official naming tomorrow (Saturday 2 June).

As the current spell of warm weather continues, the RNLI asks everyone to take care and #RespectTheWater while enjoying our coasts and rivers as temperatures can still be very low.

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer, Penarth Station, 07951 051128

RNLI/Andy Berry

Recovery both penarth boats

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