PENARTH LIFEBOAT CREWS TAKE THE PLUNGE TO SAVE TWO AS FISHING BOAT SINKS

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Maureen Lilian

Two RNLI crew members left their lifeboat and went aboard a sinking fishing boat to save its two anglers off Lavernock Point in the early hours of this  morning.

Both the Penarth lifeboat crews, a Coastguard rescue helicopter and the Barry Dock lifeboat were involved in the rescue operation .

The Penarth  lifeboats – the Atlantic 85 “Maureen Lilian” and the new D-class lifeboat “Spirit of Penarth II” had been called out by Milford Haven Coastguard at 01:12 AM to the  fishing boat off Lavernock which was reported to be taking in water.

Lifeboat crew members set up a portable electric pump to try to clear the water flooding into the hull of the fishing boat – but it wasn’t able to cope with the volume of seawater pouring in.

Two members of the lifeboat crew, armed with a high-capacity electric pump boarded the 21-foot-long  sinking boat – called Casper II – and tried get the water out of it – but the sea was flooding in   faster than the lump could shift it. In 15 seconds flat Casper II sank leaving two of the lifeboat crew –  and the two fishermen –  in the water.

All four in the water – the rescuers and the rescued –  were safely brought aboard the Penarth Atlantic 85 lifeboat . The two fishermen were then transferred to the big Barry Dock lifeboat to be given first aid. Both casualties were reported to be “cold” and were rushed to Barry where they were met by an ambulance which took them to hospital for medical checks.

 

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One Response to PENARTH LIFEBOAT CREWS TAKE THE PLUNGE TO SAVE TWO AS FISHING BOAT SINKS

  1. Old Sea Dog says:

    Great job, well done to all concerned.

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