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Two Burry Port RNLI lifeboats launch following reports of missing boy

Lifeboats News Release

Just before 9pm last night, at the end of a two hour training exercise, Milford Haven Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Burry Port lifeboats following reports that a 12-year-old boy was missing in the sea off Llangennith Beach.

With darkness fast approaching, both RNLI lifeboats launched to an area where the young boy was last sighted. The calm sea conditions and the rising tide, allowed for both lifeboats to make good progress to the search area.

Fortunately, just after 9pm, Coastguards confirmed that the boy had been located safe and well by his father and as no further assistance was required by the lifeboats. The volunteer crews were told to stand down and return to station.

At 10pm, both lifeboats were rehoused and made ready for service. The Atlantic 75, B Class Lifeboat Leicester Challenger ll was crewed by Rob Davies (Helm), and Paul Mitchell and Nathan Gower as crew.
The D Class lifeboat Diane Hilary was crewed by Darren Sheppard (Helm) with Lee Fox and Paul Williams as crew.

This was the 10th call out for the station's lifeboats in 2016.

Media Contacts

For further information, please contact Burry Port RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Paul Stewart on 07717 881650 or Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Alun Wells on 07929 783239.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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