Penarth RNLI lifeboat rescue five cut off by the tide at Sully Island
Penarth RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were paged yesterday (Tuesday 5 April) at 3.18pm to reports of persons cut off by the incoming tide at Sully Island.
The station’s D-class inshore lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, quickly reached Sully Island and it was soon established that five people were trapped by the tide.
The five, accompanied by their three dogs, were safely transported back to the mainland by lifeboat where they were met by HM Coastguards.
Two of the adults had attempted to wade back to the shore, against an incoming tide, before calling for help.
Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI, urged people contemplating a trip to Sully Island to ensure that they have carefully considered the tide-times and weather conditions.'
He added: 'Any persons on Sully Island finding themselves at risk from the incoming tide should remain on land and call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, rather than attempting to make their own way back against such a strong tidal force.'
The volunteer lifeboat crew then returned to station to prepare the lifeboat and equipment for the next ‘shout’.
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