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
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”
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.