THE volunteer RNLI Penarth lifeboats crew have attended five shouts in four days this month (July).

Two shouts on Friday, July 10 saw the first launch at 8pm when the lifeboat volunteers were tasked to assist with a medical evacuation from the beach at Penarth Head.

A casualty with a leg injury was treated by lifeboat crew and coastguard officers on the scene.

The casualty was stretchered along the shore and the care of the casualty handed to a waiting ambulance crew.


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As this incident was unfolding the station’s second lifeboat, the larger Atlantic lifeboat, was tasked to evacuate three people who were cut off on Sully Island.

The three were safe and well and brought back to safety.

Both lifeboats returned to station, where a well-rehearsed series of tasks were carried out including covid-cleaning, refuelling, and restocking of supplies.

Crew launched, once again, on Saturday, July 11.

Shortly after 3pm the lifeboat volunteers assist assisted a fishing vessel which had lost power.

The larger Atlantic lifeboat secured the vessel and returned it to the safety of Cardiff Bay barrage.

All people on board were safe and well.

On Sunday, July 12 the boat launched at 10.55am to assist in the evacuation of one person from Sully Island.

The person was safe and well and returned to the shore to be met by Coastguards and given safety advice.

An on Monday, July 13 crew launched the d class lifeboat soon after 6pm to carry out checks on a vessel.

A yacht had been moored between the pier and Lavernock Point for some days and there was concern for anyone on board.

A quick welfare check confirmed there were two people on board, all safe and well, and that the yacht would be heading to Portishead soon.

A very quick call for the volunteers who were happy to help and pleased to provide reassurance that all was well onboard.

Penarth lifeboat station spokesman, Jason Dunlop said: “The last few days have been a testing time for the crews, everything we do has to be in accordance with our covid-19 arrangements which add additional time on to the shouts, but the safety of everyone involved is paramount.

“These calls show the range of tasks we can be asked to attend, from medical evacuations to welfare checks, tows and rescues, the public can be reassured that we will be there if we are needed.”