Sunday shouts for Penarth RNLI volunteers
There was no Sunday morning lie in for Penarth RNLI crew members.
At the request of Milford Haven Coastguards Penarth RNLI launched both lifeboats soon after 9:30am Sunday 7 April to assist a broken down yacht.
Penarth RNLI's Atlantic 85 was launched shortly after 9:30am on Sunday 7 April to a 25ft yacht with a failed engine near Lavernock Point. The casualty's anchor was dragging, and the yacht was in danger of grounding at the base of nearby cliffs in choppy seas.
The vessel was towed to safety by Penarth's Altantic 85 lifeboat. Volunteers from both side of the Bristol Channel helped to bring the yacht to safety as the vessel was towed by Penarth’s Atlantic 85 to Cardiff Bay, working alongside the station's D-Class lifeboat as well as volunteer crew from Burnham RNLI.
After recovery the lifeboat was launched a second time to assist a further vessel requesting help just off Penarth foreshore, assisting them in returning to Cardiff Bay.
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, in a normal year, 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.