RNLI Penarth assist in multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

An early start today (Monday 22 August) for volunteer RNLI crews who were paged just after 7am to help with a multi-agency search for a missing person.

Penarth RNLI's D-class lifeboat attended and conducted a search of part of the River Ely in Cardiff. 

The crews were stood down at  9am, with nothing being sighted.  A number of agencies were involved including our colleagues at Penarth Coastguard, South Wales Fire and Rescue service, South Wales Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service. 

The crew members then returned to station, prepared the lifeboat for its next shout and, for many, returned to start the working week at their varied day jobs.

The search call came less than 12 hours after Penarth RNLI lifeboat crews were paged just after 8.10pm on Sunday evening (21 August) to reports from a passing vessel of someone on Sully Island who appeared to be in distress and was waving.
The D-class lifeboat was launched to investigate.  It was confirmed that although the person was cut off by the tide, they were in fact camping on Sully Island and were not in distress, but had waved at the vessel in response to seeing their lights.  
This was a false alarm with good intent.  The camper was keen to stay on the island for a few more nights and was given safety advice.  This was the first  shout for one of our newly qualified volunteer Helms Hugh Kelsall.  Search and Rescue colleagues from HM Coastguard Penarth also attended. 

Media contacts:

For further information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951 051128 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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