Penarth RNLI rescue two people from Sully Island

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth RNLI's D-class lifeboat was launched this afternoon to rescue two people from Sully Island.

People being brought to shore

HM Coastguard

D class bringing people to shore
Shortly after 3.20pm on 28th December 2016 our lifeboat, crewed by volunteers was tasked to reports of 2 people trapped on Sully Island by the incoming tide. The couple were quickly located and taken to the mainland, where they were met by members of HM Coastguard Penarth.

We would remind everyone contemplating a trip to the Island, or indeed a walk along the coast to ensure that they have checked the tide times carefully. The causeway at Sully Island floods 3.5 hours before high tide and the currents are treacherous.

The D class lifeboat returned to station, was cleaned and refuelled and made ready for our next service call, with many volunteers returning to their homes 2 hours after the initial call was received.

Notes to editors:
The attached pictures show:

- D class lifeboat rescuing people from Sully Island.

For more 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
D class lifeboat in winter sunshine

RNLI/Owain Davies

D class lifeboat
Sully Island showing flooded causeway

HM Coastguard

Sully Island flooded causeway
Crew members returning to station

RNLI/Andy Berry

Crews returning to Penarth Station

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