Penarth lifeboat was launched just after 2:00 am this morning to go the aid of a yacht reported to be in trouble in the Bristol Channel.
The tide was very low at the time of the launch requiring the tractor to go beyond the end of the lifeboat slip-way, cross the sand and shingle and get into the mud at the water’s edge.
The yacht was brought to safety – and afterwards one of the crew of the crippled vessel posted a message on Twitter saying ” Thank you for your assistance guys. You were great, professional, courteous, and skilfully bringing us to safety”.
Further details of the operation are awaited.