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Busy week draws to a close for Penarth RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Moments before we prepared for a training exercise Penarth's D class lifeboat was called to assist a motor vessel.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Vessel being recovered by Penarth crew
Shortly before 6.30pm this evening, Sunday 2nd September 2018, we were asked to assist a 15ft fishing vessel which had lost power in the area of Penarth Pier.

Our smaller D class lifeboat was able to quickly set up a tow and the vessel was towed the short distance to the lifeboat slip way to be recovered on to its trailer. Both people on board were safe and well and non the worse for the experience.

Its been a busy week for the volunteers, seeing us tasked to a number of tows, engine problems and missing people this week - thanks to everyone's support we are glad to be able to respond 365 days a year to such incidents.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Tow by Penarth D class

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