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Sunny Sully Island sparks call out for Penarth RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday (5 June) saw Penarth’s volunteer lifeboat crews respond in their D-class lifeboat to reports of people cut off by the incoming tide at Sully Island.

A total of 14 people had to be escorted across the causeway, and the lifeboat undertook a precautionary check of the island to ensure no one else was at risk.
A similar incident occurred on Friday 3 June 2016, with people apparently unaware of the risks from the incoming tide. 
Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Penarth RNLI said:
'People contemplating a trip to Sully Island should ensure that they have carefully considered the tide-times and weather conditions’. 
Anyone 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.
Penarth RNLI volunteer crews returned to station to prepare boats and equipment for the next ‘shout’. 
Notes to editors:
For more information please telephone Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Berry on 07951 051128.

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