Busy Mother's Day for Penarth's RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

For many of Penarth's volunteer lifeboat crew members Mother's Day lunches had to be put on hold.

D class lifeboat launched to sully island

RNLI/Jason Dunlop

D class lifeboat being launched to Sully Island
Shortly after 4pm on Sunday (26 March) the call was received that people were trapped on Sully Island. One person attempted to return to the mainland, but was turned back by concerned onlookers as the causeway had already flooded.

In addition two picnickers were unaware that the tide had cut them off from the mainland. All three were returned to the mainland by the D class lifeboat where they were met by Penarth's HM Coastgaurd Rescue Team and given safety advice.

Jason Dunlop, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'We would always urge people visit Sully Island to be aware of tide times and follow the instructions on the traffic lights.

'Anyone finding themselves cut off should not try to return to the mainland but should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures shows Penarth RNLI's D class lifeboat being launched to Sully Island. Credit RNLI/Jason Dunlop

For further 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 chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk

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