BUSY WEEKEND FOR RNLI LIFEBOATS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CHANNEL

A Penarth Coastguard officer waiting to receive the crew of the casualty vessel - the grey inflatable being brought in by a Cardiff harbour workboat (Penarth Coastguard photo)

A Penarth Coastguard officer waiting to receive the crew of the casualty vessel – the grey inflatable being brought in by a Cardiff harbour workboat (Penarth Coastguard photo)

Two lifeboats have been involved in relay-rescue operation to locate  and bring back to Cardiff Bay a rigid inflatable boat which  had gone across the Bristol Channel and broken down off Brean Down, Somerset 

Both of Weston Super Mare’s lifeboats were launched and located the RiB which had had to drop anchor to avoid drifting onto the rocks of the Brean Down promontory. The smaller inshore shallow-draught lifeboat “Anna Stock” pulled the RiB into safer waters and the larger lifeboat “The Boys’ Brigade” began a long tow to Cardiff Bay

The towing from Brean Down to Cardiff Bay distance was over 11 miles

The towing distance from Brean Down to Cardiff Bay distance was over 11 miles

At mid channel the Weston crew invited Penarth lifeboat to take over the tow in mid-chabnnel to bring the boat back to the Cardiff Barrage locks where it was then taken in tow by a Cardiff Harbour authority workboat and delivered safely to its moorings near Channel View outsoor pursuits centre on the River Taff .

Here the crew of the casualty vessel was met by Penarth Coastguards and given “safety advice”

Penarth Coastguard officers standing by to receive two adults and a child who had unsuccessfulyl attempted to wade across the causeway from Sully Island

Penarth Coastguard officers standing by to receive two adults and a child who had unsuccessfully attempted to wade across the causeway from Sully Island

Both Penarth lifeboats were also launched on Saturday in response to reports that there were people in difficulty  attempting to cross the flooded causeway from Sully Island. Two adults and one child were located and recovered from the island and transferred to the care of Penarth Coastguard.

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