Fundraising drive launched as figures reveal a busy 2020 for RNLI Penarth

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI in Wales has today released its annual rescue figures which show a busy 2020 for RNLI Penarth, with a further increase in callouts predicted this summer.

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RNLI Penarth's crew launching to respond to a callout

Across Wales, lives saved during the summer of 2020 rocketed by 71% as lockdown restrictions eased and people flocked to the coast.

The latest annual statistics for 2020 show RNLI Penarth’s lifeboats launched 42 times last year, aiding 38 people in distress. More than half of the calls answered by Penarth’s volunteer crew saw them launching the lifeboats during the hours of darkness.

Figures also show that people becoming cut off by the tide is a huge cause of concern in the Wales and the West, with 115 lifeboat call-outs in the region to people finding themselves stranded by the tide. The figure is almost double the national average.

This year with more people expected be holidaying close to home, the RNLI predicts a summer like no other. The lifesaving charity is calling for the people of Penarth to support its Mayday campaign to raise funds to ensure volunteer crews can continue to save lives at sea.

The RNLI’s Mayday campaign launches on Saturday 1 May and runs throughout the month. Lifesavers in Penarth are calling on supporters to join the Mayday Mile and cover at least one mile in any way they chose and raise vital funds to keep people safe on our coastline.

Stuart Wallace, RNLI Lifesaving Lead for the West says:

‘We all saw the images of packed beaches around the coast as restrictions lifted last summer, which meant a hugely busy season for the RNLI in Wales and the West as a whole. As another summer approaches, we know that our lifesavers face more huge challenges in keeping everyone safe, which is why we’re now the ones sending out our own Mayday call and asking for help.

‘Our annual Mayday fundraising campaign is our call for your support to help keep you and your family safe at the coast this summer.’

Launching on Saturday 1 May and running for the whole of the month, the RNLI’s annual Mayday campaign asks people to sign up to support lifesavers around the UK and Ireland. This year, the charity will be calling on supporters to join the Mayday Mile, and cover at least one mile in any way they like in order to raise vital funds.

Stuart added: ‘Our lifesavers drop everything to run to the lifeboat station when the call comes, so we’re asking our supporters to put themselves in the crew’s boots and join the Mayday Mile. Every penny raised during Mayday will go towards ensuring we are ready to save even more lives this year.’

To sign up for the Mayday Mile, or to make a donation in support of the RNLI’s lifesavers, visit RNLI.org/supportMayday


*Summer refers to the period of 1st June – 31st August 2020


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For more information please contact Tom Quinn, Lifeboat Press Officer at RNLI Penarth on Thomas_quinn@rnli.org.uk or 07965783218.

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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, in a normal year, 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 143,000 lives.

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, in a normal year, 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.

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