Penarth RNLI assist vessel in difficulty
Volunteer crew members from Penarth RNLI station were paged shortly after 5.25pm on Monday 20th May 2019.
The skipper of a fishing vessel called for assistance as his own anchor and chain had become caught in a much larger discarded anchor and chain.The skipper was the only person on board and there were concerns for his safety as he tried to retrieve both anchors and a large amount of chain.
Fortunately the vessel was located a very short distance from the lifeboat station slipway, and the crew were in attendance some 30 seconds after launch. The crew members offered assistance, soon freeing the casualty vessel which was able to continue on its passage. The discarded anchor and chain, which looked to have been in the water for some time, was brought back to shore to prevent it posing a risk to other vessels.
For further information please contact Andy Berry, LPO Penarth lifeboat station, 07951051128
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.