Penarth RNLI give safety reminder
9:30am Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
PENARTH lifeboat crew has this week issued safety warnings, following two incidents that they have attended.
The first was on February 17 when the Atlantic 85 boat was launched to assist a small fishing boat which had anchored just off the Penarth coastline due to engine failure. When the lifeboat crew arrived at the fishing boat, they found three people on board, all of whom were safe and well but suffering from sea sickness.
The crew provided the three men on board the boat with life jackets and towed the stricken boat to the safety of Cardiff Bay barrage.
Deputy Launching Authority for Penarth lifeboat, Mike Kingston, stressed the importance of having lifesaving equipment on board any boat that goes to sea.
“Before your trip, check that you have lifejackets, flares and communication equipment. Also, ensure your boat is seaworthy by checking your fuel, your oil and your batteries,”
he said. The RNLI offers sea safety checks free of charge at venues right around the coast, You can find out more by visiting the RNLI website.
The second incident happened in the afternoon of February 23, when five people were cut off on Sully Island by the incoming tide, as reported on the front page of this week’s Penarth Times.
Mike Kingston warned visitors to the Island to be aware of the tide that can come in quickly and catch them out.