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Both of Penarth RNLI's lifeboats in early hours search

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews responded today just after 1am on Saturday (3 June) to a request to carry out a search.

Early morning launch for Penarth RNLI

RNLI/Andy Berry

Early morning launch for Penarth RNLI

Crews were tasked by the UK Coastguard to carry out a shoreline search between Cardiff Barrage and St Mary's Well Bay following concerns for the safety and wellbeing of a possible missing person.

Together with colleagues from Penarth's HM Coastguard Rescue team an extensive search was carried out, with nothing being found. Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station at 3am. A debrief, refuelling and washing down of boats meant that it was 4am before most of the crew returned to their beds.

Jason Dunlop, Penarth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'This was a long night for our volunteers, but an essential part of our work.'

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For more information please contact Andy Berry, Lifeboat Press Officer for Penarth RNLI, on 07951 051128, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer Wales, on 07748 265496 / Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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