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.'

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