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Penarth lifeboat rescues 4 from stranded boat
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Lifeboats News Release
Author: Claire Kingston
Penarth lifeboat crew were called out last week to rescue people from a boat that had run aground close to Penarth Pier.
The call came at 4:40pm on 6th August and the smaller of Penarth’s two lifeboats – the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) - launched with Graeme Jones as helm, and Geraint Williams and Kath Fisher as crew. They made their way quickly to the stricken boat – which turned out to be a 30foot craft. It had been on its way back to Cardiff barrage with 10 people on board, but had run aground in the shallow waters near to the barrage entrance and had started to list. This prompted the skipper to put out his life raft.
As soon as the lifeboat crew arrived, they took a small girl and a woman from the stricken boat and transferred them to Penarth’s other lifeboat – the Atlantic 85, which was helmed by Andy Vye-Parminter and crewed by James Sidford and Nathan Cummins. The volunteer crew took the woman and child back to the lifeboat station on Penarth esplanade. The ILB then took a further two people from the listing boat - two teenage girls – and again transported them to the lifeboat station.
By this time, the tide had come in, allowing the boat that had been in trouble to refloat. The lifeboat crew helped the skipper deflate his life raft and escorted the boat, with its remaining passengers on board, to Cardiff barrage. The lifeboat returned to station at 6.30 pm.
Deputy Launching Authority for Penarth RNLI, Laurie Pavlin, said:
“The Bristol Channel has lots of shallow areas so people need to exercise extreme caution when navigating at low tide”.
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