RNLI highlights from Penarth Summer Festival 2016
Penarth RNLI's team provided many highlights for visitors to this year's summer festival.
Penarth's volunteer RNLI station opened its doors to members of the public on Saturday (16 July).
Visitors could meet the crew, hear about their rescue work and see both their lifeboats and the Flood Rescue Team boat which is based at Barry. In addition visitors were treated to rescue displays both on the land and at sea.
With colleagues from HM Coastguard the lifebat crew helped with a display of winching from the pier.
The highlight from the day for many though will be the visits from not one but two helicopters. Working firstly with our colleagues at the National Police Air Service at St Athan we showed how we could work together to rescue people from the sea. This display was then followed by one with rescue 187, the Coastguard rescue helicopter based also based at St Athan. We were able to work close into shore, so people could get really close to the action as crew members were winched from the sea and also from the lifeboat.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.