As a mini-heatwave hit the Vale and temperatures soared, it was a busy day for the Barry Dock RNLI crew yesterday, with the team responding to three different call-out requests around the coastline of the Vale of Glamorgan.
The team's work began just after 10am, as they were called to attend an incident at Whitmore Bay, where there were reports of a person in the water calling for help. The volunteer crew launched the All-Weather lifeboat in the late-morning dense fog, searching both Nells and Friars Point for the individual before learning that they had managed to make their own way to the shore, where the local Coastguard team was waiting.
A second request for assistance was made in the early evening as a motor vessel on its way to Cardiff Bay reported engine trouble. In a post on social media, the Barry Dock RNLI crew said of this incident:
"The inshore lifeboat was launched and located the vessel close to Penarth pier. The vessel had managed to regain power and was happy to make its own way to Cardiff Bay with the volunteer crew staying in attendance to make sure the vessel was safe."
The crew was called on a third time soon after, heading back to Friars Point, this time to ensure the safety of two swimmers reported to be 500 yards from the coast. A person on the shore had called in the incident after becoming concerned for their welfare. The lifeboat made its way to the scene where it was confirmed that the swimmers were safe and not in distress. The lifeboat remained on scene as the swimmers made their way back to the shore, returning to the harbour at around 8:30pm to be prepared for another day's work.
In their post on social media, Barry Dock RNLI reflected on the day, stating:
"A busy day for the RNLI volunteers with 3 shouts today. The launches today were only possible because of the generosity of everyone who support the RNLI."
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