Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked in the middle of lifeboat festival
A report was received that a person was possibly in the water in The River Neath.
The lifeboat was alerted at 1.30pm after reports of a person in the water. The lifeboat together with local coastguards were soon on scene and a search of the area began.
At the time two fishermen who were fishing right by the bridge were questioned if they had seen anyone enter the water and replied they had not. A walker on the river bank was also questioned and he also had seen nothing. As no one was found the services were all stood down and returned to station.
Once the lifeboat was back at station the volunteer crew were able to re-join family and friends at the station's first Lifeboat Festival, a day which was enjoyed by supporters of all ages.
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.