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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked twice in a day

Lifeboats News Release

On two occasions children were reported missing on a crowded Aberavon beach Tuesday (25 July).

The lifeboat about to set off

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching The Lifeboat

The first call came at 1.21pm after the UK Coastguard received a call reporting a missing child somewhere on the beach. However the lifeboat was stood down almost immediately after the person was found by the RNLI lifeguards.

The second call came at 2.23pm after a report that a four-year-old boy was missing after wandering off from his parents.

The lifeboat was launched and searched along the shoreline whilst RNLI lifeguards searched the beach together with local Coastguard Rescue Team members and the police searching the promenade area.

The child was eventually found by the lifeguards at the western end of the beach around half a mile from his last known position. He was then reunited with his parents and was none the worse for his adventure. All services were then stood down and the lifeboat returned to station.

Notes to editors:

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

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