RNLI Penarth volunteers called a ship on fire

On Thursday morning (July 7), the volunteer crew of RNLI Penarth were warned by a message from a boat on fire near Lavernock Point.

RNLI Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched and was later joined by the Class D lifeboat for support. Arriving at the scene, the crew found a small fishing boat with two people on board and smoke in the cabin. The two people were brought aboard the lifeboat for safety, and a tow was put in place to bring the vessel to Cardiff Bay Barrage.

The lifeboat was welcomed ashore by the HM Coastguard Penarth Rescue Team and the South Wales Fire Service. Two members of the fire department boarded the vessel with the assistance of Penarth’s Class D lifeboat and proceeded to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

Once it was confirmed the fire was out, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat towed the vessel to safety in Cardiff Bay.

RNLI Penarth volunteer manager Hugh Kelsall said:

“The crew of the stricken vessel did the right thing by calling the coastguard as soon as they got into trouble, and that led to a good outcome with everyone safe and sound.

“It was a great example of multi-agency working, working together with the HM Coastguard Penarth Rescue Team and the South Wales Fire Service.”

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