The five "casualties" can be seen standing on the shore of Sully Island as the tide sweeps in - making it impossible to cross the flooding causeway

The five “casualties” can be seen standing on the distant shore of Sully Island as the tide sweeps in – making it impossible to cross the flooding causeway (Penarth Coastguard Photo)

Five people who left it too late to walk across the tidal  causeway from Sully Island were ferried ashore by Penarth’s inshore lifeboat yesterday.

The photo shows the rising tide creating a strong flow across the natural rock causeway – with the five people marooned on the island unable to wade across.

All five were safely brought ashore at Swanbridge and given safety advice by Penarth Coastguard officers.

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  1. sjleworthy says:

    Poors sods 😦

  2. 249ers says:

    May I suggest that all overstayers are asked to pay a £20 donation to RNIB. If this charge was clearly marked on Swanbridge side of island I’m sure it would be taken more notice of than the hidden clock on the other side of the water. This would be a charge/donation towards the taxi service and safety advice given by Coastguard officers.

  3. Frank Bird says:

    There really needs to be an obligatory fine for stupidity. This is a service for emergencies not idiots!
    Put a sign on the Island explaining this!

  4. Anne Greagsby says:

    Shouldn’t these people be fined for all the trouble they caused?

  5. Philip Dawson says:

    This is getting ridiculous now. Need to base a lifeboat in Swanbridge on permanent standby in the silly season. Or how about a large sign saying a £1000 penalty will be incurred for every lifeboat callout?

    • UnhappyCitizen says:

      That’s a very good idea! However, it would probably have the same effect as the signs have who warn of a £1000 pound fine if people take their dogs into certain parks. Although I see dogs in a park near me every morning, nobody has ever been fined, so what use is a warning? We Brits are too soft!!

      • MBW says:

        For goodness sake, dogs walking in a park has nothing to do with the stupidity of these people, dogs having fun is not putting the lives of innocent people in danger who may need the help of the lifeboat in a real emergancy. Obviously you don’t have a dog, probably a cat who does their business in other people’s gardens!! Next time your in the park near you, you would like to introduce yourself! That’s if you ever use the park!

  6. Christopher David says:

    Yeas a fine and community service. Even idiots can clean graffiti or litter pick our beaches for a week.

  7. Harry says:

    If there was a large clear sign on Swanbridge side, also in the car park, and most definitely on the island, making it absolutely clear that if you call the lifeboat out, and you are not in imminent danger, you can stay on the island until the tide changes, or you will have to pay a substantial donation towards the upkeep of the life boat service, that might help them to decide.
    Maybe, also they should be “named and shamed”
    When the lifeboat goes out to rescue people in danger, the Daily News and other publications often publish names of boat etc., so what’s the difference and why not publish the daft peoples’ names
    Well done to the Life Boat men and women, we are grateful for all the real rescues you undertake as volunteers all around our shores.

  8. Ivor Bagman says:

    How about using
    A buoy that automatically
    Sounds a horn
    When the tide
    Is on the flow ?
    Operated by insertion
    of money donated by
    Donuts who can’t read tide charts.

    • pompousfruit says:

      Or what about tide times for the week in a clear form on a sign. Most people should be able to read them. I’m surprised that there aren’t tide times visible in that area. I have to look online for tide times.

  9. sjleworthy says:

    What is the process for alerting the lifeboat then? Who actually calls them, the stranded or people on the mainland? I’ve heard its people on the mainland. If this is the case it opens a different can of worms.

  10. Concerned Citizen says:

    The lifeboat is often called by people at The Spinney Cafe. Also by NCI (National Coastwatch Institution) which is a voluntary organisation based in the former Coastguard Station at Nells Point. Watchkeepers keep a particular eye on the Causeway and even do extra shifts on summer evenings when there is going to be a high tide specifically to look out for people overstaying dangerously on the island. They inform HM Coastguard who make the decision as to whether to call out the RNLI

    • sjleworthy says:

      Are people not allowed to stay on the island until the tide has gone out then? I mean, if its not the stranded people calling in help but others on their behalf (who might not even be wanted in the first place to help) then maybe it’s the people on shore who need to stand back and not get involved?

  11. Concerned Citizen says:

    I stand to be corrected but I don’t think anyone who has been rescued has ever said they intended to stay. Usually their demeanour indicates their anxieties. They are generally not local and do not realise there is a rip current or that the causeway covers so quickly … they always think they have time to walk or wade back. NCI watchkeepers do not report anyone in tents as it is assumed they intend to stay, or anglers who tend to know the tides and often stay overnight by choice.

  12. Yotty says:

    If Coast watch put ob extra shifts ….. Because they know …… Why not station a watcher on the island until the last minute. Turn back the late comers and warn the earlier wanderers

  13. Parcel says:

    Its sad to think, but unless a fatality happens, no real action will b taken by the authorities.
    Till then, we will keep coming up with all sorts of reasons and ideas, how to stop these social pariahs from tying up valuable time by the RNIB, its resources and manpower…………..

  14. ak says:

    The RNLI would far rather come and rescue the idiots from the island, than to have to search for a body after they are swept away by the tide.

    The tide is at its strongest (the middle two hours of the range between low and high) just as it covers the causeway so anyone attempting to cross is very likely to be swept away. The photograph gives some idea of the flow and it would take a special sort of idiot to attempt to cross at that time!

    It is such a shame that eight or ten volunteers who answer the ‘shout’ have to give up their time because of stupid people – such a waste of time, money and resources.

  15. Gnarled old hand says:

    In this case I’m voting leave AND remain. LEAVE then there, let them REMAIN until the tide turns!

  16. AK says:

    Look out for the new four part documentary on the work of the RNLI and its amazing volunteer crews, starting on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1.

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