BALMORAL PASSENGERS SEE LIFEBOAT EXERCISE ON 1st TRIP OF SEASON FROM PENARTH

The coastguard rescue helicopter had a Bristol Channel veteran - MV Balmoral - on her tail off Penarth today

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter had a Bristol Channel veteran – MV Balmoral – on her tail off Penarth today

Not that she needed it , but MV Balmoral had some aerial company in the form of the local Coastguard Rescue helicopter  off Penarth  today as the vintage excursion vessel made her debut arrival of the season at Penarth Pier.

In brilliant sunshine and calm seas Balmoral berthed on the dot of 11:15 to pick up passengers from Penarth for a cruise along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

MV Balmoral approaching Penarth Pier in brilliant sunshine this morning at the start of her 2016 season

MV Balmoral approaching Penarth Pier in brilliant sunshine this morning at the start of her 2016 season

This was MV Balmoral’s first sailing of the 2016 season from Penarth – but there’s a total of almost 50 voyages scheduled from Penarth Pier this summer . The full timetable is available on https://www.whitefunnel.co.uk/c-15-penarth.aspx.

WIth the engines in Astern - Balmoral puts the brakes on as she manouevers towards Penarth Pier to make fast

WIth the engines in Astern – Balmoral puts the brakes on as she manoeuvers towards Penarth Pier to make fast  .There was a substantial crowd of passengers waits to embark.

Today’s passengers embarking at Penarth Pier had the added bonus of being able to watch an air-sea rescue exercise  being carried out by both Penarth’s lifeboats in co-operation with the Coastguard Rescue helicopter.

The helicopter had earlier landed on the Cliff Walk miniature golf course.

The regular training exercise had to be cut short when one of the lifeboats was called to rescue people stranded on Sully Island

Today’s regular training exercise had to be cut short when both of the lifeboats (seen here rafted-up together ) were called to rescue people stranded on Sully Island. In the event the Sully casualties opted to wait for the tide to fall

Just before lunch however the training exercise was cut short when Penarth’s inshore lifeboat Connie Daines was called to Sully Island in response to a coastguard call to holidaymakers reported to be marooned on the island .

Shortly afterwards Penarth’s larger lifeboat Maureen Lilian was also tasked to join the Sully operation but in the event the people on the island opted to stay where they were until the tide fell and they could safely walk ashore across the causeway.

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