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RNLI Penarth volunteers called out to vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday morning (7 July), RNLI Penarth’s volunteer crew were paged to reports of a boat on fire close to Lavernock Point.

RNLI/Tom Quinn

RNLI Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched and was later joined by the D-class lifeboat for support. Arriving on scene, the crew found a small fishing vessel with two people on board and smoke in the cabin. The two people were brought on board the lifeboat for safety, and a tow was set up to bring the vessel to Cardiff Bay Barrage.

The lifeboat was met on shore by HM Coastguard Penarth Rescue Team and South Wales Fire Service. Two members of the fire service boarded the vessel with the assistance of Penarth’s D-class lifeboat, and proceeded to ensure the fire was fully out.

Once it had been confirmed that the fire was out, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat towed the vessel safely into Cardiff Bay.

RNLI Penarth volunteer helm Hugh Kelsall said:

“The crew of the casualty vessel did the right thing in calling the Coastguard as soon as they found themselves in difficulty, and this led to a good outcome with everybody safe and well.

“This was a great example of multi-agency working, together with HM Coastguard Penarth Rescue Team and South Wales Fire Service.”

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