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Two callouts for Penarth lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Two shouts in quick succession made for a busy Friday for both of Penarth's lifeboats.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth and Barry Dock lifeboats 05 july yacht in difficulty
Penarth RNLI were initially tasked shortly after 5.30pm to assist a yacht which was three miles west of Weston Super Mare. The yacht was taking on water and we were required to provide assistance to Barry Dock lifeboat which was also tasked to the incident, together with rescue helicopter 187.

With three people on board, together with their pet dog, the vessel was quickly made safe and towed by Barry Dock lifeboat up to Portishead. Both of Penarth's lifeboats returned to station, were washed and made ready for service.

At 7.40pm Penarth RNLI volunteers received a launch request to assist a fishing boat which had suffered a fouled prop just outside of Cardiff Bay. The larger Atlantic lifeboat assisted the vessel to safety; both the vessel and the lifeboat returned to station at 9.30pm. Thanks to Penarth Coastguard team for shoreside assistance.

Many of the crew members Friday night plans were delayed or abandoned, but as always the volunteers are always ready to respond to a 'shout'.

For further information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951051128.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth second shout 050719 boat tow

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