Penarth Lifeboat and Penarth Coastguards were both involved in the rescue of a 22-foot-long vessel with three people aboard in difficulties off Lavernock Point this afternoon.
The boat had been on a fishing to Sully Island and was returning to Penarth when its outdrive leg hit an underwater obstruction and left her drifting helplessly without propulsion and without steering.
One of the her crew said ” We were adrift for nearly half hour – it was very scary. We were very relieved to see the lifeboat”
HM Coastguard at Milford Haven received a call from the vessel at 13:50 and alerted Penarth Lifeboat.
The RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched, reached the casualty and brought the boat her safely back to the Penarth waterbus pontoon at Cardiff Bay where she was handed over to Penarth Coastguard for a safety de-brief .
The lifeboat “Maureen Lilian” and her crew returned to the lifeboat slip on the falling tide.