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Busy night for Penarth RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

Regular Tuesday night training was interrupted by two shouts in quick succession tonight.

D class lifeboat at Sully Island


D class lifeboat at Sully Island
Penarth inshore D class lifeboat was launched pre-emptively this evening to sully island where five people were in immediate danger of being cut off by the tide. The five made it back to shore against the incoming tide. All were reported to be safe and well.

As the D class lifeboat was about to return a jet ski with three people on board broke down very near to the causeway and the jet ski was towed back to the safety of Cardiff Bay where it was met by Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team.

The volunteers then returned to commence regular checks and maintenance activities on both lifeboats.

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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.

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