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Sunday sunshine brings shouts for Penarth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A combination of sun, high tides and the weekend led to two separate lifeboat call outs today (Sunday 31 July) for Penarth RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews.

The first call, received just before 2.40pm was to a group of four people cut off by the incoming tide at Sully Island. 

The station's D-class lifeboat was quickly on scene and able to rescue the people, bringing them safely back to the mainland to be met by HM coastguard officers.

The second call, received at 4.50pm the same day, was to a couple of people who were cut off by the tide between Lavernock Point and the Captain's Wife pub at Sully.  Both the station's Altantic class and D-class inshore lifeboats were launched and crews were able to quickly locate the couple and return them to safety.

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Penarth RNLI, said, 'I would encourage everyone walking on the shore to take note of the times of the tide before setting off as the tidal range in the Bristol Channel is very large and the incoming tide can quickly result in people becoming trapped.'

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 / 


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