The legendary charter fishing boat Benjoma Too has performed yet another rescue

The legendary Penarth charter fishing boat Benjoma Too has performed sterling service yet again in a weekend RNLI operation

Penarth Lifeboat crews have thanked Paul Crossman – skipper of the  well-known Penarth-based charter fishing boat Benjoma Too – after his assistance in yet another weekend lifeboat rescue operation  

Both Penarth lifeboats and  were launched at 08: 20  on Sunday (yesterday) morning following reports of a”cries for help” being heard in the Lavernock Point area.

Penarth's Atlantic 85 lifeboat "Maureen Lilian" being launched yesterday morning

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat “Maureen Lilian” being launched yesterday morning (Photo Penarth  Lifeboat)

There are big tides running at the moment and the high water can – and does –  trap people on the cliffs . Penarth Coastguard commenced a search along shoreline as the two lifeboats worked their way along the cliffs  – but nothing was found and both lifeboats were stood down to return to station.

Penarth lifeboat said later  “We are especially grateful to the skipper of the Benjoma Too fishing boat who, once again, offered both information and assistance with regard the incident.” 

Benjoma Too had performed life-saving service only  a week earlier when – as reported on PDN  (see – on Sunday September 10th an outboard-powered 15ft fishing boat capsized off Sully Island throwing the two men aboard it into the sea. Survival time in such circumstances – even with lifejackets – is very short

Skipper Paul Crossman at the helm of Benjoma Too

Skipper Paul Crossman at the helm of Benjoma Too

Benjoma’s skipper Paul Crossman manouvered his big fishing boat alongside and, with his crew, managed to pull both men out of the sea – saving both their lives .

The two survivors  – Mark and Chris Burrows  – were transferred to Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian. Both later posted their thanks to the Benjoma‘s skipper and to the lifeboat crews on comments on PDN ” “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.”


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