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Penarth RNLI crews rescue eight from Sully Island

Lifeboats News Release

Penarth’s lifeboat crews were paged today, 3 June 2016, at 3.30pm to reports of persons cut off by the incoming tide at Sully Island.

The station’s D-class lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, quickly reached Sully Island and it was soon established that eight people were trapped by the tide.  The eight people (three adults and five children) were safely transported back to the mainland by lifeboat where they were met by HM Coastguards. 

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI appealed for ‘people contemplating a trip to Sully Island to ensure that they have carefully considered the tide-times and weather conditions’. 

Any persons on Sully Island finding themselves at risk from the incoming tide should remain on land and call ‘999’ and ask for the coastguard rather than attempting to make their own way back against such a strong tidal force.

The volunteer lifeboat crews returned to station to prepare boats and equipment ready to respond to the next call for help.

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For more information please telephone Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Berry on 07951 051128.

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