A number of young sailors from Penarth Yacht Club were brought to safety by both Penarth lifeboats last night after the strength of the wind increased unexpectedly as their Topper dinghies were sailing off Penarth foreshore.
The RNLI’s next door neighbours on Penarth Esplanade – Penarth Yacht Club – requested assistance as the strong winds, assisted by the ebb tide, drove the little craft off-course and down channel towards Lavernock and Sully .
Both of Penarth’s lifeboats were launched this evening just after 20:18 following a request for assistance from our neighbours at Penarth Yacht Club.
It took no more than a few minutes for the lifeboats to round-up all the Toppers and bring them and their crews back to Penarth safe and well, though a little cold. Three of the dinghies were towed back by lifeboat to the slipway at Penarth.
The rescue operation was coordinated by HM Coastguard Milford Haven and Penarth Coastguard officers.