No weekend lie-in for Penarth's RNLI volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth's Atlantic lifeboat launched just after 9am this morning.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Tow in rough weather
At the request of Milford Haven coastguards, crew at Penarth RNLI launched to assist a 29 foot yacht which had suffered engine and power failure in the area of Lavernock Point. The vessel was quickly located and a crew member boarded the stricken yacht. A tow was established before the yacht was towed back to the safety of Cardiff Bay Barrage.

All three people on board the yacht, and their lovely dog, were safe and well.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 10:45am and, after fuelling, washing and replenishing equipment, the volunteer crew were able to start the weekend.

It was junior crew member, Max's, first shout at the station with his dad Nick. Welcome to the family Max, a little while before we've got wellies to match that outfit!

For further information, please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951 051128.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Safe and sound

RNLI/Andy Berry

Junior crew Max at his first shout!

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