Busy Week-End For Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat
Three call-outs for the lifeboat on Sunday 25th August and one on Monday 26th August.
The lifeboat was first tasked at 10.30am to assist Porthcawl lifeboats in searching the stretch of coastline between Porthcawl and Port Talbot for a possible missing person. A pile of male clothing was found on the pier at Porthcawl and fears expressed that the person could be in the water and drifting along the coast. After approx one and a half hours of searching nothing was found and the lifeboats returned to station.
The second call-out for Port Talbot lifeboat at 1.55pm was to a yacht en-route between the River Afan and the River Neath which could not start the engine to enter the river and the marina. The lifeboat was soon alongside and a tow was established and the vessel taken to the marina and safely moored. Another call came at 5.25pm of a seven year old female missing on Aberavon beach, who had possibly gone into the water.The lifeboat together with RNLI lifeguards searched the area and the little girl was quickly found safe and well.
On Monday 31st August, the lifeboat, whilst giving safety cover to a local clubs Aquathon, was called to search for a 11 year old boy last seen in the water. Within a short space of time the boy was found safe and well and reunited with his parents. Port Talbot RNLI lifeguards were also involved in the search.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.