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Penarth RNLI attend lucky escape at Sully Island

Lifeboats News Release

Two people were very lucky to escape serious injury after entering the water at Sully Island.

Traffic light system at sully island

RNLI/Andy Berry

Traffic lights indicate safe periods to visit

Just after 7pm today, Sunday 28th May, both our lifeboats were launched to reports of people in the water off Sully Island.

After a very quick launch both lifeboats sped to the scene, and two HM Coastguard rescue helicopters were diverted to attend. Our colleagues from HM Coastguard Penarth were also tasked to the incident.

The people were rescued by a member of the public and were safely ashore when the lifeboat arrived. One person had medical assistance from a land ambulance at the scene.

We would respectfully remind people contemplating visiting the island that the traffic lights indicate when it is safe to walk over the causeway; and to take heed of the signage and know the time of high tide. People who do find themselves cut off should ring 999 and ask for the coastguard, on no account should people attempt to swim back as the tidal force is very strong. The two people today were very lucky.

For more 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

Warning signs at Sully Island

RNLI/Andy Berry

Warning signs at Sully

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