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Penarth crews rescue two as boat sinks

Preparing to transfer casualties. Credit: RNLI/Andy Berry

Crews from Penarth lifeboat station were involved in an early morning rescue near Lavernock Point.

They were called out to a fishing boat which was taking on water. The boat quickly sank and RNLI crews took to the water to save the lives of the two casualties. They were transferred to Barry Dock lifeboat which had also been called in.

Both casualties were cold and taken to hospital for medical checks.

The operation also involved Wales ambulance service, rescue helicopter 187, Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team, and Milford haven coastguards.


Pair facing incoming tide rescued from mud at Rhyl

The alarm was raised yesterday afternoon. Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

The RNLI says it rescued two people who were trapped in mud yesterday afternoon between the sky tower and Rhyl harbour. The pair were facing an incoming tide.

Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

Both the RNLI and HM Coastguard successfully extracted both casualties as the tide reached their position.

Credit: RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl lifeboat crew helped the casualties back to the boathouse where they were assessed by an ambulance crew.

Apart from being muddy and slightly wet both were given the all clear to go home and recover.

Lucky escape for group in sea during Storm Ophelia

A group of people had a lucky escape at Poppit Sands this morning after going into the water in the height of storm Ophelia.

This is Poppit Sands on a calm day. Credit: Google Street View

The lifeboat crew at Cardigan was paged at 11:18am to a group of people in the water but the volunteer crew were stood down before the lifeboat launched.

The RNLI has since issued a warning about the weather.

Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet. The sea is far more powerful than you think and your chances of survival are slim if you are dragged into the swell. Our volunteer lifeboat crews will always launch to rescue those in danger at sea, but to launch into conditions like these could also put their lives at risk.

– Matt Crofts, RNLI Lifesaving Manager

Barmouth RNLI's new boat named in memory of volunteer Craig Steadman

Barmouth inshore lifeboat Craig Steadman Credit: RNLI

Barmouth RNLI's new inshore lifeboat is being officially named Craig Steadman in memory of the Holyhead lifeboat volunteer, who died in a motorbike accident in 2015.

Craig was a very loyal and respected RNLI crew member in Holyhead. He was very caring, incredibly kind and helpful to a fault. If anybody needed help in any way, Craig would be there. He had very large wings and sheltered many in need under them.

‘Sadly, his life was cut short at 28 years old. Through this lifeboat, Craig will live on. He will continue to help people, as he always did in life.’

– Craig's mother Sharon
Craig Steadman was a volunteer Credit: RNLI

Around 200 guests are expected at the official naming and dedication ceremony today.

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