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Port Talbot RNLI launch to shouts for help

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked at 10.23pm on Thursday 29th June.

The lifeboat launches off the beach

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Off Into A Choppy Sea

The lifeboat was launched after the coastguard received reports of a female shouting for help on Aberavon beach.

The lifeboat was soon on scene just opposite the Aberavon beach hotel and carried out a shoreline search, using searchlights and parachute flare. The local coastguard team, police and other RNLI personnel searched along the promenade and the surrounding area. After one and a half hours nothing was found, although the coastguard did interview a possible suspect in the vicinity at the time. All services were then stood down and the lifeboat returned to station.

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