A surprise call for Port Talbot volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI volunteers were tasked at 10:46am this morning (Thursday) to reports of an object in the water.

Off on a 'Shout' in a choppy sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat Getting Launched
Port Talbot inshore lifeboat was soon on scene and found a tangled mass of debris. The debris consisted of three very large birthday balloons tangled up with some branches of wood. The alarm had been raised by a member of the local steelworks who had spotted the objects in the water around a quarter of a mile off shore.

The volunteer crew took the objects on board the lifeboat and returned to station and the items were handed over to the local council workers for disposal.

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