Volunteers from Penarth's lifeboat station were paged on 2 February 2019 shortly after 2.30pm
HM Coastguards asked the volunteers at Penarth to launch both lifeboats following reports of two people in the water at Sully Island. With many of the public looking on in the bright sunshine the volunteers proceeded to launch both lifeboats as quickly as possible. On arrival it was reported that two people had made it safely ashore, but a further three were in need of lifeboat assistance. The three people, who were safe and well, were taken back to the shore to be met by Penarth Coastguard officers.
The RNLI would caution against entering the water at any time of year, but especially so in this current spate of cold weather.
For further information please contact
Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer, 07951051128
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 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.