Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat in early morning call-out

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked by the coastguard at 7am on Wednesday (11 January) after a walker notified the coastguard that he had heard what sounded like a calls for help

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The lifeboat launching into a choppy sea

The alert was raised by the person whilst walking in the vicinity of the River Neath.

The lifeboat, together with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Port Talbot and Mumbles and local police officers, were also involved in the search.

Whilst the lifeboat searched the river and the area towards the old dock, the Coastguard teams searched both banks of the river whilst the police searched a little way in from the river bank.

After searching for approximately one hour and 15 minutes nothing was found and all services were stood down. The lifeboat then returned to station.

Notes to editors:

- The attached picture shows Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching into a choppy sea. Credit RNLI/Mel Cooper.

For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07814 985057 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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