CARDIFF  PILOTS  SAVE  EIGHT

AUGUST  1859

 

The Austrian barque FREDERICK had left Cardiff and was anchored near Flat and Steep Holm (usually referred to as "The Holmes"). She had two anchors down but one of them fouled the cables of another vessel anchored nearby. She then slipped that cable but the other parted in the rising wind. The barque was able to anchor in another position.

The next day, 3 August 1859, the wind had moderated and the vessel launched two of her boats, one manned by five men and the other by three. With a cable strung between them the boats began to sweep in an attempt to find the two anchors. However the wind got up and it was soon blowing a gale driving them towards the Welsh coast. Pilots George Hunt and Joseph Rumney were out in their yawl when they spotted the boats. They were able to get alongside one of the boats and, passing a line, towed it back to the Frederick

The boat containing three members of the crew of the Frederick was now being driven towards the shore between Sully and Lavernock Point. Hunt and Rumney sailed their yawl to them and got them aboard 100 yards from the surf which crashed on the shore. Minutes later the boat capsized. The three were also put aboard the Frederick.

For this timely rescue George Hunt and Joseph Rumney were awarded £2 each by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at a meeting held at their headquarters at John Street, Adelphi, London on Thursday 1 September.