Both of Penarth’s lifeboats were launched today (25/02/16), shortly 2pm, to a mayday call for 3 persons in the water off Lavernock Point following capsize of their dinghy.
The station’s Atlantic Class and D Class lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, quickly reached Lavernock Point.
Upon arrival the three casualties had already been picked up by a local fishing boat and after an initial assessment, the dinghy was then identified and marked, the casualties were then transferred to the lifeboat and on to a waiting ambulance for further checks.
Our smaller D class lifeboat was used to tow the capsized dinghy to Sully sailing club's slipway for recovery. It was fortunate that the fishing boat was so close and responded to assist. Thanks to all involved.
Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI said that it was “fortunate that this incident had a good outcome, as the tidal currents in the area are very powerful. This call could so easily have ended in tragedy, the people were saved by the actions of a passing fishing boat. This call was a great Multi Agency Operation lead by Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with RNLI Penarth, Welsh Ambulance and HM Coastguard officers Penarth.
Our volunteer crews returned to station to prepare boats and equipment for out next ‘shout’ before returning in time for the football result.
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For more information contact Andy Berry, Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951 051128.
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