RNLI takes part in multiagency exercise

Lifeboats News Release

The causeway at Sully Island was a hive of emergency services activity on Sunday 19 May.

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Penarth Dclass lifeboat with rescue 187 helicopter
Visitors who happened to be in the Sully Island area on Sunday may have thought there was a full-scale emergency on the causeway. In fact the unfolding drama was part of a well planned multi-agency training exercise. The scenario involved a number of casualties who had been trapped on the causeway and were subsequently swept into the sea on a rising tide.

The brave casualties were all highly trained RNLI lifeguards, and the scenario showed that even very strong swimmers stand very little chance of self-rescue if swept into the sea at Sully.

Penarth and Barry Dock lifeboats plucked casualties from the water. Coastguard teams from Penarth and Barry conducted tethered swim rescues, the national police air service helicopter dropped survival equipment and HM coastguard helicopter 187, also based at St Athan, carried out wet and dry winching exercises. Colleagues from the National Coastwatch Institution were in attendance to see how the rescues are coordinated, whilst Nells Point NCI monitored the incident from their base.

Speaking after the event Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager for Penarth RNLI , who coordinates the annual exercise said, 'This is the third year we have run this simulated exercise. Although we have seen a reduction in calls to Sully Island as a result of our successful prevention activities, there remains a high probability that people will enter the water at Sully. Today's scenario has helped us plan coordinated rescues, evaluate each others capability and ensure our lines of communication are clear. We are most grateful to everyone who has supported today's exercise.'

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For further details please contact Andy Berry Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07951051128.

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Barry and Penarth lifeboats bring casualties to shore

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