Ellie to the Rescue - Penarth lifeboat launches to Sully Island

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A trainee crew member from Penarth RNLI station attended her first shout today, leaving lessons and the classroom to do so!

RNLI/Andy Berry

Ellie-Rose Griffiths, first shout
School pupil eighteen year old Ellie-Rose Griffiths only received her RNLI pager a few weeks ago. Yet today, 20th December the trainee crew member responded to her first real 'shout', leaving the comfort of a warm classroom for the winter elements of the Bristol Channel.

Penarth's smaller D-class lifeboat was launched following reports of two people being cut off on Sully Island shortly after 1:30pm. As the lifeboat rushed to the island the volunteers received notification that the two people had made it back to the mainland, but even so a check was made of the Island to ensure that no one else was cut off.

Ellie, who has undergone her initial crew training and assessment was one of the first crew at the station and was able to go out on the lifeboat with other more trained crew members. After the shout Ellie said, "Ive been training now for a few months, getting ready for my first shout. It was a bit funny leaving school, but everyone has been so helpful in letting me follow my dream of being a crew member".

Jason Dunlop, Lifeboat Operations Manager said: "Ellie has worked really hard to join the crew, and I am so pleased that she got out on the lifeboat today. As a charity we depend on members of the community regardless of age, and Ellie is making a real contribution to saving lives at sea".

Notes to editor
Attached is a photo of Ellie-Rose Griffiths, crew member at Penarth lifeboat station.

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For further information please contact Andy Berry, LPO Penarth Lifeboat station, 07951 051128

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