A 60-foot-long canal narrowboat – which got into difficulties on passage from Watchet on the Somerset coast this morning – has reached Penarth Marina safely after a combined operation involving a Coastguard helicopter, Barry Dock lifeboat and a Cardiff Harbour Authority launch.
It’s understood the skipper of the narrowboat had radioed for help as his vessel – called Orbis – began taking on water in mid-channel.
The coastguard rescue helicopter took off to ascertain the vessel’s position and the big Barry Dock lifeboat was tasked to head out to locate her and escort her to Penarth .
A member of Barry Dock’s lifeboat crew boarded the stricken vessel.
Once the lifeboat and the casualty vessel reached a point off Penarth Pier, the escort was transferred to a Cardiff Harbour Patrol boat “Harbour 3” to tow the narrowboat in through the locks and into Penarth Marina whilst the lifeboat retrieved her crewman and returned to station at Barry.