Penarth lifeboats in late night medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

Just as Penarth lifeboat volunteers were heading to bed following a very successful weekend at the Penarth sea festival pagers were activated.

RNLI/Andy Berry

Penarth medivac call 14 July
We were requested to launch to a person who was ill on Flatholm Island shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday 14th July. The small D class lifeboat landed on the island and an RNLI casualty carer checked the casualty who was unwell but in need of medical assistance. He was initially taken to sea on the D class lifeboat and then transferred to the larger Atlantic lifeboat which made its way back to the lifeboat station. The casualty was stable and transferred to hospital. Our colleagues from Penarth Coastguard rescue team also provided assistance. We wish the casualty a speedy and full recovery.

The picture shows 21 of the 23 RNLI and Coastguard volunteers who responded to the request to launch.

Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager for Penarth said 'After such a busy weekend of open days and displays, it is remarkable that so many volunteers will make themselves available late on a Sunday night to assist someone in trouble, an excellent example of team working'.

The last remaining crew left the station at almost 2am following completion of checks, refueling and service returns.

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For further information please contact Andy Berry, Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951 051128.

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