Both Penarth lifeboats and the ocean-going Barry Dock lifeboat were all involved in a Mayday emergency near Flatholm this afternoon
A yacht called “Onyva” has gone aground on the treacherous W0lf Rock and became trapped there on a falling tide.
Penarth’s little D Class lifeboat Connie Daines successfully managed to land two of her crew of three on the rock to take the Onyva’s s crew to safety. It’s said that more people have walked on the Moon than have dared to walk on “The Wolves”
Penarth’s larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian draws too much water to be able to get near enough to the jagged outcrop but – with Barry lifeboat – stood by as the rescue operations proceeded.
There are three Wolf rocks – collectively known as “The Wolves” -which lie just over a mile northwest of Flatholm island
They’ve caused several shipwrecks in the past – including the “William and Mary” which in 1817 went down with the loss of 54 passengers. Fifty of the bodies were buried on Flatholm. Worse still was the loss of the Swansea Packet which sank with the loss of all 60 people on board in 1917.
Onyva was said to have an “inexperienced crew” and the deep keeled yacht had clearly not kept her distance from the Wolf Rock and the two other “wolves” nearby – even though the hazard is clearly marked by navigation buoys .
The yacht Serendipity , which was one of the first vessels to respond to the Mayday call, stood by until the lifeboats took over the rescue operation
The stranded yacht‘s crew were taken off the vessel unharmed and were ferried to the Barry Dock lifeboat to be looked after and later tranferred onto Penarth lifeboat to be ferried ashore at Penarth. Luckily, the weather was benign.
The casualty vessel, with her skipper and a member of the lifeboat crew aboard, was safely refloated on tonight’s rising tide and brought into Penarth Marina under her own power where her hull damage is to be inspected.
Two members of her crew who had been taken off yacht after she had gone aground on the Wolves, were brought into Cardiff Bay by the escorting lifeboat.