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Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat in rough weather rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat was called out to rescue a yacht and her seasick crew late last night.

The volunteer crew were called to the rescue shortly after 10.30 last night.  A yacht was lost in poor weather conditions in the Bristol Channel with the crew suffering from seasickness.  

The crew used radio direction finding and radar equipment to find the casualties, who were close to Birnbeck Island, Western-Super-Mare.  One of the lifeboat crew went aboard the yacht to tend to the casualties and steer the yacht, which was taken under​ tow to Cardiff barrage.  The weather was deteriorating by now, with winds of 40 knots and waves 2.5 meters high.  

The lifeboat and yacht reached Cardiff Barrage at 1.20am, where they were met by Penarth Coastguards and paramedics.  

The Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat and her crew returned to Barry at 2.20am.

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