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Busy Sunday For Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot lifeboat was tasked twice on Sunday 15 October.

The lifeboat sets off.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Setting off through five foot swells

The first call-out was at 12.30am after a request from the police to assist in the search for a missing female at Aberavon beach. The person in question was eventually located by the police, prior to the lifeboat launching, and was taken to hospital.

The second call-out came at 4.30pm after a four metre rib, with two people on board, suffered engine failure at the mouth of the River Afan. The lifeboat was soon on scene and a tow was established. The rib was then towed to the local boat club slipway for recovery and the lifeboat returned to station.

RNLI media contact

For more information contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer on 07814 985057.

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