Early morning sunrise shout for Penarth RNLI Volunteers
There was to be no Saturday morning lie in for Penarth's lifeboat crew members, as it was an early start for crew members on 24 August 2019.
Penarth crew members were paged by Milford Haven Coastguards at 5.20am. Our smaller D class lifeboat was launched soon after, and we provided assistance to two yachts which were aground just off Cardiff Barrage. The two yachts, which were travelling together, had run aground on the mud at the lowest point of the tide.
After a quick welfare check by crew members on all passengers on board both yachts, we further assisted by laying anchors and checking for any signs of damage to the hulls of the boats.
On this occasion both boats were not damaged, and the sailors on board were content to wait on board until the tide came in. The D class lifeboat returned back to Penarth station to be refuelled and made ready for service. The yachts floated off safely with the incoming tide a little later in the morning.
Although an early start, the crew were treated to one of Penarth's extraordinary sunrises, with many people commenting on the photographs that were taken at launch.
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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.