Penarth Lifeboat rescued more people last year than any other lifeboat station in Wales – according to the latest statistics released today by the RNLI
The two Penarth-based boats rescued a grand total of 109 souls – including the dozens marooned in 2016 on Sully Island – despite the RNLI’s traffic light system which warns people when they should not attempt to cross the tidal causeway linking the island to the mainland.
In terms of the different category of “lives saved ” [such as drowning people hauled out of the water] the Penarth Lifeboat station has been credited with 7 such incidents in 2016.
Penarth lifeboats were launched on service on 74 occasions in 2016 – representing a 60% increase on the 46 launches performed the previous year .
Thanks to the successful £52,000 fundraising appeal for a new D class lifeboat – inaugurated last summer by Olympic gold-medalist Hannah Mills – the station will be receiving a newly built replacement for its 8-year-old workhorse “Connie Dains” soon .