The big Barry Dock lifeboat escorted a small fishing boat to safety tonight after the two anglers aboard reported an emergency off Aberthaw.
The distressed vessel was a 14 foot Dory called Voyager – powered by a single Suzuki outboard motor.
Coastguards tasked the Barry lifeboat to locate the vessel which at one point had lost all electrical power including to her VHF radio.
It was so hot many of the lifeboat crew didn’t don their normal survival suits and instead just wore T shirts and lifejackets.
A lifeboat crew-member with a high capacity electric pump was put aboard the disabled boat to clear water in the hull . The vessel was then brought back to Penarth under her own power – but escorted by the lifeboat.
Off Penarth Head Voyager was brought alongside the lifeboat and after final checks the RNLI crew member re-boarded lifeboat whilst the two man crew of Voyager opted to make a quick dash for the Cardiff Bay barrage . One of her crew appeared to be bailing out water as she headed into the locks and safety .