The big ocean-going Barry Dock lifeboat was summoned to the assistance of Penarth’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat last night as she battled to bring a private fishing boat back to Cardiff Bay.
The rescue saga had begun at 20:40 last night when the Penarth lifeboat was launched to the aid of the 28ft fishing boat in the Newport Deep – some 10 miles north east of Cardiff.
The drifting disabled vessel was located and was placed under tow back to Cardiff – but then Penarth lifeboat itself reported engine problems as her crew faced a long slog against the flood tide in near freezing temperatures.
Coastguard headquarters at Milford Haven then called in Barry Dock lifeboat to add some more heft to the rescue operation. The big boat quickly located Penarth’s Atlantic 85 and the casualty vessel and took over the towing operation.
Off the barrage Penarth lifeboat then resumed the tow to bring the fishing boat in through a barrage lock, releasing Barry Dock lifeboat to return to her base .
Safely inside Cardiff Bay, Penarth Coastguard officers were at the Penarth Water Taxi pontoon to receive the casualty vessel and to de-brief her crew.
The operation wasn’t completed until after midnight . It’s the second overnight operation in succession for Penarth lifeboat and her crew of volunteers.