Penarth RNLI lifeboat tows vessel to safety

Lifeboats News Release

The alarm was raised shortly after 8.25pm this evening, Friday 14th September 2018.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Preparing for launch, Penarth Atlantic lifeboat 140918
A spokesperson for Penarth RNLI said 'At the request of Milford Haven coastguards our larger B class Atlantic lifeboat was launched to assist a 35 foot ketch which had fuel problems as it approached Cardiff. It had been able to sail but required assistance to enter the barrage.

On launch the vessel was visible due east of the lifeboat station, we were on scene within a matter of minutes and able to establish a tow on the vessel.

We towed the vessel through the lock gates and into the safety of Cardiff Bay Barrage to be met by HM coastguard officers from Penarth. Volunteer crews returned to station, the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service, with many of the volunteers finally leaving the station at 10.40pm'.

For further information please contact Andy Berry, lifeboat press officer, Penarth RNLI station, 07951 051128

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