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