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Penarth RNLI crews rescue casualty

Lifeboats News Release

A dramatic rescue took place earlier today (Tuesday) at the foot of Penarth cliffs.

Penarth lifeboat crews were paged today at 8.45am to help search for a possible missing person.  The D class lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, quickly launched and commenced a search from the lifeboat station to Cardiff Bay barrage.  The larger Atlantic lifeboat was also prepared for immediate launch.  The crew of the D class lifeboat locate` the casualty towards the base of the cliffs, and together with colleagues from HM Penarth Coastguard Rescue team the casualty was thoroughly medically assessed and transferred to the D class lifeboat.  

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station where the casualty was transferred to a waiting land ambulance.  This was a multi agency incident with the RNLI working with HM Coastguard, South Wales Police and Welsh Ambulance Service all in attendance.  Just two weeks before, RNLI crew members carried out a training exercise with the exact same scenario.

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