Sunday sunshine brings shouts for Penarth RNLI
A combination of sun, high tides and the weekend led to two separate lifeboat call outs today (Sunday 31 July) for Penarth RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews.
The first call, received just before 2.40pm was to a group of four people cut off by the incoming tide at Sully Island.
The station's D-class lifeboat was quickly on scene and able to rescue the people, bringing them safely back to the mainland to be met by HM coastguard officers.
The second call, received at 4.50pm the same day, was to a couple of people who were cut off by the tide between Lavernock Point and the Captain's Wife pub at Sully. Both the station's Altantic class and D-class inshore lifeboats were launched and crews were able to quickly locate the couple and return them to safety.
Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Penarth RNLI, said, 'I would encourage everyone walking on the shore to take note of the times of the tide before setting off as the tidal range in the Bristol Channel is very large and the incoming tide can quickly result in people becoming trapped.'
For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 / Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
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 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.