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Port Talbot RNLI assists paddleboarders in the River Afan

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Milford Haven Coastguard at 6.06pm today (Sunday 25 September) and go to the aid of two paddleboarders thought to be in difficulty

RNLI/Kirstee David

Tough conditions for launch

A report was received that the paddleboarders were unable to return to shore due to poor weather conditions in the River Afan. 

There were Force 3-4 winds at the time with small waves which became larger with infrequent white horses. There was also a fading light.

The D class lifeboat made best speed to the location. On arrival the crew located the two paddleboards but with no one aboard. A full search was undertaken along with the assistance from the Coastguard. Both paddleboarders were subsequently located safe and well on the short arm of the deep water harbour. 

While the paddleboarders were safe and well, Port Talbot RNLI’s Helm took the decision with their permission to escort them both back to the small side of Aberavon beach. 

Following the call out, Clive Morris, Port Talbot RNLI’s Lifeboat Operation Manager said: ‘Today’s rescue was challenging due to the weather conditions, but we are pleased that both paddleboarders were located quickly and assisted back to shore. This week has been a busy week for our crew, and we would like to remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared and let someone on the shore know where you are going and when you are due back. Always wear a lifejacket or suitable personal flotation device and always carry a reliable means of raising the alarm such as a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch. Should you get into difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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