RNLI volunteers launch to person in the water near Sully Island.

Lifeboats News Release

Both Barry Dock lifeboats, Penarth lifeboat and coastguard helicopter respond to reports of a person in the water near Sully Island on Sunday evening.

Two people had been cut off by the incoming tide on Sunday evening, 18 October 2020. One of the people involved had attempted to return across the causeway but ended up in the water. Luckily on this occasion the person managed to reach the shore.


The remaining person on the island was returned to shore by the volunteer crew of the Barry Dock inshore lifeboat and handed over to the local coastguard team.

Coxwain of Barry Dock Lifeboat said: 'This is a very fast flowing stretch of water between Sully Island and the shore and people should never attempt to cross if the causeway is starting to cover with water. On this occasion the person was very lucky'.

Please be aware of tide times and the weather before going to the coast. If you get into difficulty or see anyone else in difficulty please phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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