FISHING BOAT RESCUES 3 MEN FROM WRECKED RIB OFF LAVERNOCK POINT

Penarth Lifeboat was launched just after 14:30 this afternoon

Penarth Lifeboat was launched just after 14:30 this afternoon

HM Coastguard at Milford Haven called Penarth Lifeboat out this afternoon after receiving reports that a RIB (Rigid inflatable boat ) with a 40 hp engine had capsized off Lavernock Point.

Three people were reported to be in the water in choppy conditions and the RIB itself was semi-submerged.  Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian was launched at 14:30 .

Penarth Lifeboat heading for Lavernock Point this afternoon after reports of three members of the crew of a RIB being in the water

Penarth Lifeboat heading for Lavernock Point this afternoon after reports of three members of the crew of a RIB being in the water off Lavernock Point

The Flatholm ferry Westward Ho spotted the casualties in the water and made towards them  but  the fishing vessel Benjoma II ,which was the nearest vessel to the casualty, also headed for the scene and was able to pluck  all three of the RIB crew out of the water and take them safely on board.

The three survivors were transferred from the blue fishing boat Benjoma II which had rescued them to the lifeboat for transfer ashore (Photo RNLI)

The three survivors were transferred from the blue fishing boat Benjoma II which had rescued them to the lifeboat for transfer ashore (Photo RNLI)

The casualties were then transferred fronm Benjoma II – which is a charter fishing boat – and taken on board the lifeboat for the run back to Penarth

Penarth Lifeboat picked up the three casualties friom Benjoma II and brought them back to Penarth Lifeboat slipway where an ambulance was waiting

Penarth Lifeboat picked up the three casualties [the three not wearing yellow jackets in the photo] from Benjoma II and brought them back to Penarth Lifeboat slipway where an ambulance was waiting to carry out medical checks.

It was reported that none of the three men in the water had been wearing lifejackets.   The capsized rib was marked with a flotation device for later recovery by the smaller Penarth inshore lifeboat Connie Daines.

The three casualties were transferred to the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to be brought ashore at Penarth Lifebopat station.

The three crew members of the RIB are brought ashore to a waiting ambulance at Penarth Lifeboat station

The three crew members of the RIB are brought ashore to a waiting ambulance at Penarth Lifeboat station

Once at Penarth Lifeboat slipway, the three casualties from the RIB were brought ashore to be handed over to Penarth coastguard officers for debriefing and for check-ups by an NHS paramedic and NHS ambulance team which had had to work its way through heavy weekend traffic on Penarth Esplanade to reach the lifeboat station.

 

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