Port Talbot RNLI Launched To Investigate A Floating Object.

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was called at 7.26pm on Friday 4th August after reports of a possible inflatable floating approx half a mile off shore.

The lifeboat being launched from the launching ramp

RNLI/Mel Cooper

All Hands On Deck To Launch The Lifeboat
The lifeboat was soon on scene and found a large inflatable dolphin bobbing about in the water. The inflatable was taken on board and the lifeboat commenced a search of the area for a possible person in the water. Local coastguards were also involved searching along the beach. After around forty minutes nothing was found and there were no reports of anyone missing, so the search was called off.
Again this highlights the dangers of inflatables which are not kept under control by their owners. If an inflatable gets away from its users the persons responsible should report it to the RNLI lifeguards/lifeboat station and not just abandon it to float away. This is the third call to loose inflatables in the last couple of weeks.

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