Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat in early morning call out

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was called out at 4.15am on Tuesday (12 September) at the request of the local police.

Launching into the sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

On A Training Exercise

A person had gone missing in the Aberavon beach area and the police were concerned that he may have gone into the sea.

The lifeboat was soon on scene and searched the area around the pier whilst the police searched the surrounding area. The police helicopter arrived and the person was soon found, using the helicopters infra red camera, at the far end of the pier.

The lifeboat then returned to station.

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For further information please contact Mel Cooper, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer at Port Talbot on 01639 894335.

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