Penarth RNLI training interrupted by call-out

Lifeboats News Release

Tuesday's regular training night for volunteers at Penarth's RNLI station was interrupted by a call to Sully Island

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth crew en route to launch
Just after 7pm last night, Tuesday 27th June, just as crews were assembling for training, we were launched to Sully Island. Two persons were helped across the causeway by colleagues from HM Coastguard Penarth, and the D class lifeboat carried out a search around the Island to ensure no one else was in danger.

Once the call was completed we undertook our regular planned training. All crew members undertook throwline refresher training, and we received a VHF radio refresher from one of our crew members.

In addition we talked through the large number of shouts we have had in the last week, making sure we learn from incidents and look for patterns and trends.

Such a lot to get through, as well as our weekly boat checks. However this kind of intensive training ensures we are ready, 24/7 to respond to emergencies at sea.


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