Filming leads to false alarm for RNLI Penarth lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

The alarm was raised when members of the public heard cry for help.

Both of Penarth's lifeboats were launched this afternoon shortly after 2pm following reports of cries for help being heard just off Penarth pier. In addition information was received from the coastguard that a boat was towing a smaller vessel in the area. An investigation by HM Coastguards Penarth rescue team quickly confirmed that the cries were in fact part of filming activities being undertaken in the general area of the pier, with the boat being towed also part of the activity. This was a false alarm with good intent.

As our volunteer crews were returning to station rescue helicopter 187, based in St Athan radioed to enquiry whether we would take part in some winching exercises, which we gladly agreed to participate in. Bystanders at the esplanade were treated to an impromptu flying and winching display, showing the exercise of both helicopter and lifeboat crews.

For more information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951 051128. Alternately contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 07771 941390 or email

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