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RNLI Penarth lifeboat rescues stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth's volunteer lifeboat crews were paged on Sunday 07 August 2016 to reports of a yacht in difficulty just outside Cardiff Bay Barrage.

Penarth RNLI's D-class lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, was quickly launched on service and was soon able to establish a tow with the 24 foot yacht, which had two people on board.  The lifeboat was able to tow the vessel into the lock, despite the low tide, and the yacht was then moored inside the barrage.  The lifeboat returned to station where it was cleaned and refuelled, crew kit was cleaned, and the mud hosed from the tractor to ensure we could put the lifeboat back on service as quickly as possible.

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales on 07748 265496 /


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