Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launched to search for a missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 7.15pm on Sunday 19 June at the request of the police.

The lifeboat had been tasked to search for a person who had been reported missing in the vicinity of Aberavon beach.

The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was launched into a very rough sea, with high winds and very poor misty conditions. The lifeboat searched the area of the River Afan and beach, whilst two coastguard teams, together with police searched the shoreline and surrounding area but nothing was found.

After searching for one hour the search was called off by the coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station.

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For further information, please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer on 07814 985057.

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