Mumbles RNLI lifeboat joins search at Aberavon

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of The Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV were called to search for someone suspected to have entered the water at Aberavon beach on Thursday morning (3 August) at 3am.

Searchlight from the All weather lifeboat

RNLI/Andrew Edwards

Night search

Due to the severity of the weather at the time, with gale force winds and a turbulent sea, Port Talbot RNLI's inshore lifeboat was unable to launch so The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat was tasked.

A search was conducted by the RNLI lifeboat in the gale force winds and heavy rain. Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat, crew along with Coastguard Rescue Teams, police and a Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter were called to search the shoreline but there was nothing found.

The Mumbles RNLI volunteer crew returned to station at 5.40am. The call is thought to be a false alarm with good intent.

Coxswain of the lifeboat Martin Double said 'We would always ask the public to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they suspect someone has gone in the water. The weather conditions were pretty bad with heavy sea and rain but our crew are trained for this and did a sterling job of conducting a thorough search in very difficult conditions'.

The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway added: 'Gale force winds and heavy rain made this a difficult early morning call.'

Police are continuing to investigate the original call.

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