Very first shout for Penarth RNLI's newest lifeboat
Both of Penarth's lifeboats were launched today (Friday 1 June) shortly before 7pm.
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
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.