SUNDAY-LUNCHTIME STROLL FOR JENNIFER…IN CHEST-HIGH SEAS, HALF-A-MILE OFFSHORE

Penarth Daily News

As the rest of Penarth was settling down for Sunday lunch today, Penarth lifeboat member Jennifer Payne (above) was wading 200 yards through cold chest-high seas on the treacherous Cefn-y-Wrach mudbank almost half a mile  off Penarth Head pulling a warp across to a disabled fishing boat, the “Dragonfly”.

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat  the “Maureen Lilian”  had been  launched after coastguards were notified that the 18 foot fishing boat Dragonfly – with two people aboard – had suffered double-engine failure shortly after setting out into the Bristol Channel from the locks at Cardiff Barrage.

.   . To stop her drifting, Dragonfly’s crew had anchored and radioed for assistance – but there were no other boats in the vicinity to help. Coastguards asked for Penarth lifeboat to be launched.

The water was too shallow for the lifeboat to get close enough to effect a rescue  – so a hike through…

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