Penarth RNLI crews rescue windsurfer

Lifeboats News Release

We launched our atlantic lifeboat shortly after 5:30pm this afternoon, 19 July 2018.

RNLI/Owain Davies

Windsurfer spotted against sun by penarth RNLI
We were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguards to find and assist a windsurfer who had damaged his rig whilst approximately 1 mile south of Sully Island.

Thanks to having a VHF radio we were able to locate the windsurfer quickly, effect his rescue and return him to the mainland, where he was met by Penarth Coastguard officers.

Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager said, "Having the right equipment was critical to this rescue, the windsurfer was difficult to spot in the swell, and him being able to use his radio ensured he could be found quickly"

for further information please contact Andy Berry LPO Penarth 07951 051128.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Recovery of windsurfer underway

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.