Two shipwrecked fishermen were picked up out of the sea off Sully Island this morning and transferred to Penarth lifeboat for urgent medical attention.
Both people were recovered from the water by another vessel – the well-known Penarth charter fishing boat Benjoma Too – which was nearby.
The two fishermen had got into trouble when their 15-foot fishing boat had capsized. They were both suffering from exposure. Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian was tasked to take the two casualties aboard and bring them to Penarth lifeboat station.
The two casualties were landed at the lifeboat station where they underwent medical checks in an NHS ambulance and were de-briefed by Penarth Coastguard officers on the scene.
Meanwhile the inshore lifeboat Connie Dains had been asked to recover their waterlogged boat and take it ashore temporarily at Swanbridge.
The Penarth Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian with Jennifer Payne at the helm was then launched a second time to return to Swanbridge to recover the fishing boat.
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat then towed the semi-submerged vessel back to the Penarth lifeboat slipway and bring it back to Penarth lifeboat slipway
At the slipway the boat was pumped out and made safe by a South Wales Fire and Rescue team from Penarth Fire Station .
In a PDN comment added later today, the owner of the casualty vessel writing under the pen-name “Archie” said “Thank you so much to the Benjoma Too and the Penarth RNLI who came to our rescue off Sully today… Literally you saved our lives today.”
Writing from Cwmbran, Joanna Burrows later posted this message on Penarth RNLI’s Facebook page “A massive thank you to Penarth RNLI, Coastgaurd, Benjoma Too, Fire brigade and the Helicopter crew for rescuing my husband Mark and brother Chris this morning. The response to the mayday call was incredibly fast and all involved dealt with the incident in a very friendly and efficient manner. You are all superb and are greatly appreciated.”