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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked to search for a possible missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was requested at 9.19pm on Sunday 12 March to assist coastguard and police in the search for a possible missing person.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Recovering The Lifeboat

Port Talbot RNLI volunteers were requested to assist in a search for a possible missing person after personal items were found on the beach. The police, police helicopter and coastguards initially carried out a land search for a possible missing person to whom the items belonged.

To assist in the search the lifeboat was requested to launch and carry out a sea search along the beach and into the river Afan. The station landrover was also used along with other station personnel to assist. After two hours nothing was found and all agencies were stood down.

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