Penarth RNLI lifeboat launched to Sully Island

Lifeboats News Release

Our volunteer lifeboat crews were tasked to Sully Island this afternoon (9 January) following concerns raised for the safety of three people.

Penarth D Class returning to base

HMCG Penarth/Greg McKinney

Penarth D Class returning to base

Concerns for the welfare of three people on the Island were raised by colleagues at National Coastwatch at Nell's Point at 4.15pm who observed three people had been on the island since early this morning, in harsh weather conditions, and with the causeway now flooded would have no prospect of being able to walk back until much later this evening. Our D class lifeboat was launched to assess the situation.

Quickly arriving at the scene the crew were able to establish that the people on the island were fisherman suitably prepared for a long day's fishing. This was a false alarm with good intent. Thanks to our colleagues from Wales Ambulance trust and HM Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team who also took part in this multiagency incident.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show:

- Two pictures of D class on service

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07951 051128 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Penarth D. Class being recovered

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth D class. Being recovered

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.