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Penarth and Barry Lifeboats called to assist grounded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Two lifeboats rushed to assist a grounded yacht soon after 3.07pm today, 9th October 2017.

RNLI/Andy Berry

striken vessel on rocks

A mayday call had been made by the skipper of the yacht which had run aground on the treacherous Wolves Rock.

Penarth Atlantic lifeboat was quickly launched, together with the all-weather lifeboat from Barry Dock. It was soon confirmed that all three people on the yacht were safe and well, but as a precaution they were transferred to Barry Dock lifeboat. Lines were established onto the stricken vessel, and both lifeboats steadied the yacht as the tide started to turn. This was technically challenging due to the extent that the yacht was aground and also the very low spring tide at the time. The vessel suffered some damage as the tide lifted and dropped it onto the rocks.

The vessel floated off the rocks and was escorted back to Penarth Marina by the Penarth lifeboat.

A number of vessels responded to the mayday call pending the arrival of the lifeboats, for which we would like to express our thanks.

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 / Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk

RNLI/Andy Berry

Three lifeboats approach stricken vessel...

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