View as PDF

Penarth RNLI lifeboats race to cliff top emergency

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Penarth RNLI's lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, were launched just after midday today (Friday 7 April).

Penarth's Atlantic Class lifeboat on service.

RNLI/Huw Pickford

Penarth's Atlantic Class lifeboat on service

Concerns had been raised for the welfare of a person thought to be somewhere between Lavernock Point and Penarth Head.

Both lifeboats proceeded to start shoreline searches, whilst our search and rescue colleagues from HM Coastguard Penarth and police officers conducted a cliff top search. With additional support from the National Police Air Service helicopter overhead the person was quickly located and brought to safety by the coastguard team and police officers.

Although a quick call in terms of time on the water for the Penarth RNLI team, by the time the volunteers refuelled and washed the lifeboats it was two hours before many of the crew returned to their day jobs.

Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager said: 'We are so grateful for our employers and families who allow us time to save lives at sea. We train for incidents like this and today showed the ability of all the emergency services to work together seamlessly.'

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland