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