Two callouts to broken down boats for RNLI Penarth’s volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth’s lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday and Monday this week to assist broken down boats.


Penarth's crew assisting a broken down fishing vessel on Sunday afternoon
The crew were first paged at 15:47 on Sunday to assist a fishing vessel that had broken down at the entrance to the Rhymney River. Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched to attend the scene, and the broken down boat was towed safely back to its mooring.

The second callout came at 18:10 on Monday evening, when the crew were tasked to assist a boat with engine failure in the channel, north of the Ranie Buoy. After assessing the situation, the crew decided that the best course of action was to tow the boat to safety in Cardiff Bay.

Neil Cunningham, Water Safety Officer at RNLI Penarth Lifeboat Station, said:

“Machinery and equipment failure in vessels at sea make up about 30% of our callouts at Penarth. Fortunately, as happened with our two callouts this week, many can be resolved quickly and safely. But the situation can quickly become more serious due to adverse weather and tides.”

“At this time of year it’s important to make sure that engines are well-maintained before setting out on the water, batteries are checked and there is enough fuel to get you back home. We also advise boat owners to always carry a means of calling for help, and don’t hesitate to use it to contact the Coastguard if they find themselves in difficulty.”

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