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Early morning shout for Penarth RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews were called in the early hours of this morning (3 August) to assist a yacht in distress.

The crew was tasked just after 2am to assist a yacht with four persons on board which had suffered full power failure at Lavernock Point.  

The Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat was alunched to assist.  One of the crew members was transferred to the casualty vessel, which was soon placed under tow and taken through Cardiff Bay barrage.  

The crews returned to station and we were able return to our beds just before 5am.  

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI, said: 'We were really pleased to receive the following message on our Facebook page from those on board the yacht: 'Thank you for your assistance guys. You were great, professional, courteous, and skilfully bringing us to safety.'

The yacht Tikka and its crew are currently sailing, cycling and walking around the UK to raise money and awareness for the Action for Children charity and we wish them well on their onward journey.

Media contacts:
For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI on 07951051128 or Chris Cousens, Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 / ​​

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