Barry Dock RNLI volunteers tasked to run aground yacht during training exercise.

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Three people and a dog rescued from a sandbank in the Bristol Channel.

RNLI/Emma Dungey

Yacht aground

Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat was called to a vessel aground whilst out on training today.


The volunteers were out on a training exercise when they were tasked by Milford Haven coastguard at about 2.35pm to a vessel that had run aground on a sand bank south of Newport. The vessel with three people and a dog on board was high and dry on the middle grounds a sandbank mid channel between Newport and Clevedon.


The RNLI All-weather lifeboat used it's inflatable XP boat to navigate the shallow water to allow the lifeboat crew to get closer to the stricken vessel. The three people and the dog were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat to wait for the incoming tide to refloat the vessel.


With the assistance of a lifeboat from SARA ( Severn Area Rescue Association) the vessel refloated and was towed to Portishead marina . Once at the marina the crew and dog safely transferred back to their vessel.

The Barry Dock Lifeboat was back on its pontoon in Barry harbour just before 8pm this evening.


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RNLI/Emma Dungey
RNLI/Dave Walker
RNLI/Helen Lazenby

RNLI/Dave Walker

RNLI/Nigel Parry

Yacht under tow

RNLI/Emma Dungey

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

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