Two children plucked to safety by Penarth's RNLI crews.

Lifeboats News Release

Two children were brought safely to shore by Penarth lifeboat volunteers on Sunday 25th June 2017.

Penarth lifeboat crew brings children to safety

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth lifeboat crew brings children to safety
Together with friends the 2 children both boys aged around 12 years old had found discarded construction bags near Penarth Pier. The 2 boys pushed out to sea and boarded them, but very quickly were taken out to sea by offshore winds. Their friend realised they were in difficulty and called '999' to ask for the coastguard.

Our D class lifeboat launched very quickly after the initial crew page at 2.08pm. The two boys were brought back to shore, both were safe and well, but both were wet and cold. They were taken back to the station to warm up, where they were given blankets, drinks and chocolate.

The boys were lucky that their friends quickly called 999. With the offshore breeze the boys were quickly heading out to sea, and time in this rescue was absolutely critical. They had no life jackets available, and only thin summer clothes on. The water in the Bristol Channel remains cold through most of the year.

We would urge parents to ensure that their children know the risks of playing near or on the sea, especially with any type of inflatable. Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager for Penarth RNLI station said, "we are so grateful that this rescue had such a positive outcome. Our crews responded quickly and we were able to effect a rapid rescue of the children. Had they been in the water for much longer, or drifted further the outcome could well have been more serious".

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 / Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
Construction bags used to go 'afloat'

RNLI/Andy Berry

Construction bags used to go 'afloat'
Penarth crew members returning from shout

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth crew members returning from shout

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