There was no time to rest after the weekend's festival for 23 Penarth RNLI and Coastguard volunteers, as both lifeboats launched to medical evacuation last night.

A spokesman for Penarth RNLI said: "Just as crew members were off to bed after a fun but tiring festival our pagers were activated.

"We were requested to launch both lifeboats to attend to a person who was ill on Flatholm Island shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday, July 14.

"The small D class lifeboat landed on the island. There an RNLI casualty carer checked the casualty who was in need of medical assistance.

"He was initially taken to sea on the D class lifeboat and was then transferred to the larger Atlantic lifeboat, which made its way back to the lifeboat station.

"The casualty was stable and was subsequently transferred to hospital.

"Our colleagues from Penarth Coastguard rescue team also provided assistance.

"We wish the casualty a speedy and full recovery."

Jason Dunlop, lifeboat operations manager for Penarth said: "After such a busy weekend of open days and displays, it is remarkable that so many volunteers will make themselves available late on a Sunday night to assist someone in trouble, an excellent example of team working."

The last remaining crew members left the station at around 2am following completion of checks, refuelling and service returns.