Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat involved In major search

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 6.35pm on Tuesday 5th December to help search for a missing person.

Launching into a rough sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat Being launched

The major multi organisational search was carried out to try and locate a missing male who had been missing since Monday. The lifeboat together with police, two coastguard teams, fire service and the coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 conducted a thorough search of the area around Aberavon beach. The lifeboat searched off shore from Briton Ferry down to Morfa and also the Rivers Neath and Afan, together with the deep water harbour and Port Talbot docks whilst the other agencies covered the shore areas and the local housing estate. After searching for just under five hours the search was called off with nothing found, and all agencies were stood down.

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