PENARTH LIFEBOAT RESCUES BEACHWALKERS TRAPPED BY BIG TIDES

The two trapped beachwalkers are guided down the cloiff face and into the lifeboat by RNLI crew members and blue-suited coastguard officers check the rest of the beach

The two trapped beachwalkers are guided down the cliff face at St Mary’s Well Bay and into the lifeboat by RNLI crew members while blue-suited coastguard officers check the rest of the beach. The tides are exceptionally high this week. (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

In a joint operation last night involving Penarth Coastguard officers and a coastguard helicopter, Penarth’s D Class lifeboat successfully rescued an adult and a child who both were trapped by the tide and clinging to the  face of a cliff at St Mary’s Well Bay.

Both had sought refuge from the rising tide by attempting to climb up the cliff to keep out of the water . (There are exceptionally large tides for the rest of this week up to and including the weekend.)

Two other people managed to reach a nearby cove and they too were rescued,

Both Penarth lifeboats, a helicopter and Penarth Coastguard (in the blue helmets) were involved in what turned out to be a multi-agency operation

Both Penarth lifeboats, a helicopter and Penarth Coastguard (in the blue helmets) were involved in what turned out to be a multi-agency operation. (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

The rescue operation was coordinated by HM Coastguard HQ at Milford Haven who tasked  both Penarth lifeboats and  also dispatched a coastguard helicopter to the scene in case it should prove necessary to evacuate the casualties by air .

Fortunately conditions were calm and the D Class lifeboat managed to manoeuver alongside the rock face where crew members assisted the trapped walkers into the boat . All  are  safe and well.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY AUG 17 @ 17:45

In well-practiced manouever the tractor and D Class lifeboat negotiate the tricky 90 degree turn on the slipway for tonight's launch

In well-practiced manouever the tractor and D Class lifeboat negotiate the tricky 90 degree turn on the slipway for tonight’s launch

Penarth’s D Class lifeboat was launched again this evening (Wednesday August 17th) to another stranding on Sully Island

The crew join the lifeboat at the base of the slipway for the familiar run to Sully Island

The crew join the lifeboat at the base of the slipway for the familiar run to Sully Island

Two people found themselves marooned on the island by the incoming tide and opted to wait for the lifeboat to arrive rather than attempt to wade across.

The D-Class - one of Britain's busiest lifeboats -  sets course for Sully Island

The D-Class – one of Britain’s busiest lifeboats – sets course for Sully Island

Later – on their way back to Penarth – the lifeboat crew spotted three people almost cut off by the rising tide at Lavernock Point  and stood by offshore to ensure they all managed to reach safety by walking along the ever-narrowing beach,  before leaving the scene.

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4 Responses to PENARTH LIFEBOAT RESCUES BEACHWALKERS TRAPPED BY BIG TIDES

  1. Mark says:

    Being fairly familiar with this stretch of the coastline, I don’t understand. If they had time to climb up that cliff, surely they had time to get round the corner up the beach away from the water?

    • AK says:

      Perhaps they were not so familiar, and thought they would just wait on the beach for the ride to turn, not realising there would be no beach left.

      Well done once again, Penarth RNLI

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    In this case you can sympathise-St Mary’s Well Bay lost it’s walkway some time ago-there are parts where you can, with difficulty scramble up the cliff, near the Caravan site but it is touch and go-most locals probably know this but visitors could be caught out.(I do not have the flexibility to get up the cliff now so I make sure the tide is miles out before I venture down there-lovely spot though)

  3. AK says:

    It was a lovely sunny evening – the idiots on Sully Island should have been left there to enjoy the sunset and to walk ashore at low tide.

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