Penarth’s busy D Class Lifeboat
Warm weather, plenty of sun, a rising tide and – it almost goes without saying – an odds-on chance that Penarth lifeboat would be called upon by the coastguards to make yet another rescue-run to Sully Island – and it was.
The D Class lifeboat was launched at 15.44 this afternoon after a three people were reported to have been swept off the rocky causeway connecting Sully Island with the mainland .
When Penarth Coastguard reached the scene the three 3 casualties had been helped out of the water by two bystanders but all three needed medical treatment – two for lacerations to their legs and feet and for water ingestion . The third was taken to hospital by ambulance after being carried from the water on a coastguard stretcher
The three had apparently been on Sully Island earlier in the day and had waded back to the mainland across the causeway only to find they had left belongings on the island . They attempted to return to the island to retrieve them onto to find the tide was still rising . All three were swept into the sea and had to swim back to the mainland and walk barefoot on the sharp rocks. Two bystanders had helped them out of the water.
At 16.30 the D Class lifeboat was being recovered at Penarth after this afternoon’s call to aid a group of people swept off Sully Island causeway.
The lifeboat crew assisted paramedics, coastguard units and the police who were treating the casualties for injuries sustained during the incident including lacerations and water inhalation. The lifeboat returned to base at 16:30 whilst the casualties continued to receive medical attention from paramedics at Swanbridge.
SWIMMER SWEPT FROM BOAT
A man who’d gone swimming from the anchored powerboat couldn’t get back aboard (Penarth Coastguard photo)
Just an hour later, a member of the public reported a call for help from a “person in the water” off Penarth who’d had been swimming from an anchored power boat.
The swimmer had underestimated the tide and was being swept away. A woman who had remained on the powerboat couldn’t the pull swimmer back aboard – nor pull up the anchor to manouevre the boat towards the swimmer.
Fortunately the swimmer (who has not been identified) was picked up by a passing boat just as the lifeboat was about to launch and safely puck back on board his powerboat .
Penarth Coastguard then kept the powerboat under observation until it was safely back inside Cardiff Barrage, and dispensed “safety advice”.
This much water weighs a tonne. The lifeboat crew already know that only too well – and the rescued kayaker standing alongside them now appreciates the fact(Penarth Coastguard photo)
Meanwhile the RNLI has launched a particularly-appropriate new campaign – “Respect the Water” .To drive home the point, the institution has collected a tonne of the stuff to display in a transluscent tank on Mermaid Quay, along with a couple of Penarth lifeboat crew members and a rescued kayaker. ….And yes, – that much water does weigh a tonne.
The campaign is specifically aimed at people – particularly men – who think they can take on the sea and win. The idea was to underscore just how heavy and just how powerful water really is . The messages on the exhibit invites people to “Try pushing this tonne of water” – and then imagine they’re are in the sea – and thousands of similar tonne-weights of water are all around them – and all moving at 4.5 knots – and poses the question “Think you can fight against it?” .
It warns people “Don’t underestimate the power in strong currents and breaking waves around Cardiff Bay ” – or indeed anywhere and gives the bleak statistic that “last year 10 men lost their lives on the Welsh Coast” – although, as PDN has already reported, one of last year’s victims was a 14-year-old year old schoolgirl Hollie McClymont.