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Busy weekend for Penarth's RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth's RNLI crews had a busy weekend, with two call-outs, one Sea Sunday service and a training exercise all taking place.

This weekend proved to be a busy one for the Penarth's volunteer lifeboat crews.  On Saturday 2 July 2016, just after 3pm, crews were paged to reports of people trapped on Sully Island by the incoming tide.  Allowing the weather conditions and sea-state our larger Atlantic class lifeboat attended and rescued three people from the island. 

On Sunday 3 July crew members and RNLI supporters took part in the annual Sea Service on Penarth's seafront, and within ten minutes of the service finishing we were once again called to Sully Island.  On this occasion eight people were rescued from the island. 

Despite the earlier call-out, Sunday evening saw the crews of both lifeboats take part in a planned exercise at Sully and Flatholm Islands, which included both navigation tasks and the evacuation of a casualty. By training frequently in this way, the volunteers are able to maintain and develop their skills, ensuring that they are prepared when the next 'shout' is received.

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For more information contact Andy Berry, Penrath Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951 051128.

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