Barry Dock lifeboat launch for fifth time during lockdown

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew launched to a person cut off by the tide on Sully Island.

RNLI/Craig Pederson

For the fifth time since the lockdown Barry Dock volunteers have launched the inshore lifeboat to Sully Island.

The lifeboat crew members were paged just before 5pm in the afternoon (Wednesday 22 April). The crew assembled at Barry Dock lifeboat station and stayed in their cars to maintain social distancing and await instruction.

The inshore lifeboat was tasked to reports of a person cut off by the tide on Sully Island. The crew located the person and returned them to the shore at Sully.

Please pay attention to the warning signs for the tide at the causeway at Sully Island.

We know people who live at the coast still want to exercise by the sea, but when you do this, please think of the potential impact of your actions on RNLI lifeboat volunteers and other emergency services.

If you are at the coast, follow the RNLI’s safety advice:
  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

RNLI/Craig Pederson

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