LIFEBOAT CALLED OUT TO TWO IN TROUBLE ON SULLY ISLAND

This is the track taken by Penarth lifeboat to rescue two people in the water on Sully Island causeway today.

This is the track taken by Penarth lifeboat to rescue two people in the water on Sully Island causeway today.

The multi-agency team of Penarth Lifeboat and Penarth Coastguard were called out at around 15:30 this afternoon to rescue two people apparebtly trapped  on Sully Island by the fast-flowing incoming tide

The reliable old D Class workhorse “Connie Daines” – allegedly Britain’s hardest-working lifeboat (and always the steed of choice for Sully assignments) –  was launched whilst Penarth Coastguard made the familiar road trip to Swanbridge to receive the casualties.

The two casualties a man and a woman were brought ashore safe and well at Swanbridge and cared for by Penarth Coastguard officers

The two casualties  were brought ashore safe and well at Swanbridge and cared for by Penarth Coastguard officers as darkness fell and the temperature plummeted (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

The lifeboat landed the casualties at Swanbridge where they were taken into the care of Penarth Coastguard. The lifeboat then returned to check the coastline of Sully Island to make sure there was no one else left on the island – before returning to base.

Penarth RNLI says “With this good weather it’s wise to check causeway flooding times” – and yes the electronic traffic light system was working

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9 Responses to LIFEBOAT CALLED OUT TO TWO IN TROUBLE ON SULLY ISLAND

  1. Chris David says:

    Surely its about time we had a leave them there for a tide or charge them policy?

    • Peter Church says:

      Just one tide?
      I would leave them there until the paid to get off.

      This has a hidden cost to local businesses where the volunteers work, employers feel obliged to to give them paid time off.
      Where I used to work a chap did cliff rescue and while he found it great fun to do a midnight “shout” the rest of us had to pick up his work the next day 😦

    • e roberts says:

      Absolutely agree – if people can’t take note of warning lights and signs they deserve to be left until the tide goes out (or as you say charge them)

  2. Ted says:

    Totally agree with Chris they could take the time to learn to read Tide times and signage
    whilst on the island as well

  3. CelticMan says:

    Idiots!

  4. KnockJohn says:

    This is getting beyond a joke. One could probably argue that it would be better for Swanbridge or Sully to have a dedicated team/station for Sully Island rescues to lessen the workload on the Penarth lifeboat. Surely it is not beyond the wit of Swanbridge to organize such a team.

  5. PENARTH EYE. says:

    I Like All Observers Of This On Going Saga Regarding The Rescue Of Trapped Persons. Is It Not Feasible To Install Some Kind Of Telephonic Emergency CALL BOX, (with Klaxon ) On The Island This Way Those Stranded Persons Can Then Be Informed WHEN Or HOW Long They Will Have To WAIT. To Call Out The Lifeboat On Every Occasion When The PRESSING NEEDS Of The Lifeboat May Be Required ELSEWHERE Makes NO sense.

  6. Paul says:

    “TWO IN TROUBLE ON SULLY ISLAND”
    Sounds like an Enid Blyton novel.
    Its the true story of two very naughty “boys”, who wouldn’t listen to the warnings and ignored the signs, that they shouldn’t venture out on the island when the tide is about to turn.
    They are very willful, cos the bigger boys have to get out their little boat and come an rescue them!
    “Don’t do it again”, the big boys told them.
    They should be sent to bed without their tea, what du think children?

  7. Tom Fletcher says:

    I understand that they were reported to Milford CG by the watchkeepers at Nells Point NCI Station who alerted the RNLI and CG Penarth Mobile. It’s all very well everyone saying how foolish and irresponsible these people are – the authorities in every element of Search and Rescue already know that and are struggling to find a way to prevent it but you cannot legislate against or punish them.

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