Penarth RNLI bring shipping hazard to shore
Shortly after 4.30pm this afternoon, Friday 22 February Penarth's volunteer crew were paged to assist the coastguard.
A large section of makeshift pontoon / barge was adrift by the Q buoy and needed to be brought to safety. Penarth's smaller D class lifeboat placed the pontoon under tow, and together with coastguard rescue officers from Penarth the structure was brought ashore.
With very high tides forecast it was necessary to bring the pontoon on to the esplanade, using Penarth's two tractors.
A spokesman for Penarth RNLI said:
'This was a protracted call for us, with many of the crew not leaving the station until 8pm.'
For further information please contact Andy Berry, LPO Penarth lifeboat station 07951 051128.
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.