Penarth’s D Class lifeboat Connie Dains was called out again today after reports of a small dinghy drifting down the Bristol Channel – with no one to be seen aboard.
The call out was the second such “shout” for the lifeboat this week . On Tuesday there was a similar alert raised for a wooden clinker-built dinghy – also abandoned – which was spotted floating down-channel and brought by the lifeboat to Cardiff Barrage.
Today’s casualty dinghy – painted yellow – bore no name and was waterlogged, but still able to float. It was located on the shore at Lavernock and towed back to the lifeboat slipway by the three-man RNLI crew.
Lifeboat Launch Authority Stuart Jones said this was one of five dinghies which the HM Coastguard HQ at Milford Haven had reported adrift in various locations around the Bristol Channel today.
Mr Jones says the RNLI has an obligation to check-out every report it receives to ensure there is nobody at risk and nobody on board . However he is appealing to all local boat owners to make sure that their dinghies are securely moored or securely tied-up on the beach to avoid them floating away in bad weather or on high-tides like today’s.