The 25 foot long yacht with the sea-sick crew was brought safely into Penarth by the Barry Dock Lifeboat

The 25 foot long yacht with the sea-sick crew was brought safely into Penarth early this morning by the Barry Dock Lifeboat (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

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.

The rescued yacht was tied up at the water-taxi pontoon in Cardiff Bay as the lifeboat crew and coastguard officers completed paperwork formalities.

The rescued yacht was tied up at the water-taxi pontoon in Cardiff Bay as the lifeboat crew and coastguard officers completed paperwork formalities. (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

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 .

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  1. AK says:

    Out sailing in the dark, with not a clue where they are ?


  2. Peter Church says:

    Help is that the RNLI?
    Yes how can we help? Are you stuck on Sully Island?
    No, we are feeling a bit queasy, the sea is rough and this thing we are on moves up and down.
    So you are on a boat of some sorts and you feel sea sick?
    Yes, can you rescue us?
    Yes of course and we will also stop off at the 24hr Boots to get you some sea sickness pills and a warm blanket.

  3. Gareth Stokes says:

    Pity you don’t know all the facts, we didn’t go night sailing weather came in, it was more than seasickness, and partner ended up in hospital, so don’t judge all facts on headlines … So thoughts to yourself

    • Peter Church says:

      Yes, as others have said this weather was very well forecast. Events up and down the country were cancelled. People warned to stay clear of the coast line near the Bristol Channel. Instead, fool hardy you headed off into the night and the “weather” just appeared. Sea sickness can be debilitating, put perhaps get your partner to take up another sport if this is their reaction to rough seas. Harsh words I know, but you may not be so lucky next time.
      I notice nothing in your reply thanking the RNLI who put theirs lives at risk to accomplish this rescue, instead just a gripe at others and an excuse that the weather just came in, shameful.

  4. Paul says:

    No weather check, before setting off then..

  5. Ralf says:

    Thoughts to myself then. A cursory glance at any weather forecast (never mind the Maritime Agency Inshore waters forecast) would have shown westerly winds in excess of 40mph.
    Why would you venture out in a boat that looks to be 30-35ft in such conditions?

  6. snoggerdog says:

    its quite calm on roath park lake this time of year

  7. Mr Barry Dock says:

    I am a little saddened by such regular events. While yes the RNLI is a charity and they do not judge or give direct criticism, people should prepare a little better while on the water.
    One of the most basic elements of this is to check the weather forecast, which had numerous weather warnings for the Bristol Channel. Most of the time the excuse is that people underestimate how long a journey will take, thus they get caught out by either the tides or the strong winds as in the case

    Here is the full RNLI report:

    “Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat was called out to rescue a yacht and her seasick crew late last night.
    The volunteer crew were called to the rescue shortly after 10.30 last night. A yacht was lost in poor weather conditions in the Bristol Channel with the crew suffering from seasickness.

    The crew used radio direction finding and radar equipment to find the casualties, who were close to Birnbeck Island, Western-Super-Mare. One of the lifeboat crew went aboard the yacht to tend to the casualties and steer the yacht, which was taken under​ tow to Cardiff barrage. The weather was deteriorating by now, with winds of 40 knots and waves 2.5 meters high.”

    The crew of the yacht were very lucky to escape on a weekend where 6 people lost their lives to rough seas around the UK.
    The RNLI volunteers as usual did a great job and should receive thanks for putting their own lives in danger to rescue others.

  8. Gareth stokes says:

    By the sound of it guys you have never made a bad call in your lives ! How is the weather on that high moral ground ? I took a decision to make a 3hr journey in the afternoon and YES it was the wrong one ! With other factors which came into the mix my decision to call the RNLI for help was my best one that day and I will be eternally grateful to the crew for saving our lives but you make out that I was wasting their time ! Did you want 2 bodies and an empty vessel to warrant them being called out? My partner needed hospital treatment, the yacht was sailed back not towed , you don’t have all the facts ! Why not meet man to man to discuss this instead of hiding behind your pens .

    • Ralf says:

      Having been a sailor and a RNLI crew member I can fully understand that situations arise generally due to unforeseen circumstances. I’m sure that no one disputes that as your situation worsened the only call to make was to the coastguard for assistance.
      What I struggle with is your assertion that the “weather came in”, as if it was a surprise.

  9. Catherine M says:

    The wonderful RNLI do a superb job, and yet so many people take risks with the Sea. She is a capricious element, and can snatch someone off the rocks, or even when paddling..everyone owes it to themselves and their fellow crew members to be as careful as possible,especially on a small boat, or when fishing off breakwaters, walking along coastal paths in stormy weather &c
    The weather can change so fast.. Seasickness in a small boat can come on very fast, and is dizzying and disorienting.

    Suffered with nausea on a small ferry called Falaise in a force 8 gale as a child..When I was old enough to buy them for myself, I used seasick meds, and felt tons better.

    Someone allegedly died aboard Falaise, [I read about it online] a young Spanish lorry driver ..he began vomiting on leaving Dieppe, and the ferry was ”almost on her beam ends”..the poor young man was dead upon arrival at Newhaven. [1960’s sometime]

    If someone is affected by motion sickness, they need to try out meds in advance, ideally.
    There are various ones which are effective, but all need to be taken well in advance of going on a boat..once the dreaded nausea has kicked in, they just don’t work nearly as well.
    Trandserm Scop is a good one.

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