The big Barry Dock lifeboat was called out last night to go the aid of a small yacht in trouble off in rough seas and high winds off Birnbeck Island near Weston-Super Mare.
The crew were said to have been suffering from debilitating sea-sickness as winds reached gale force and the exact position of the casualty vessel hadn’t been pinpointed .
The Barry Dock lifeboat’s skipper asked the yacht’s crew to broadcast a long message on their marine VHF radio so the lifeboat’s receiver could get an approximate fix on them which could then be cross checked with a return radar echo.
Sea conditions made it diffcult to take the casualty vessel into any port on the English side of the channel so the big ocean-going lifeboat towed the yacht to Penarth where she was brought through into the calm waters of Cardiff Bay and tied up at the water taxi berth,
Penarth Coastguard officers were in attendance to assist with the medical evacuation of the sick crew-member and de-brief the yacht’s crew .