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RNLI Port Talbot Lifeboat volunteers called to assist in search

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Port Talbot volunteers were task by the Coastguard at 1.13am on the first cold Sunday morning to assist in a shoreline search for a missing person.

Port Talbot RNLI launch in the early hours to search for a missing person

RNLI/Ceri Jeffreys

Port Talbot RNLI launch in the early hours to search for a missing person

Despite the early hour our crew assembled quickly after being awoken by the pager.

From pager to launching into the inky darkness of an icy dawn took only minutes.

Under the command of Helm Dai Jones the crew headed to the requested location of Morfa Beach to commence a shore line search.

On arrival on scene the Coastguard advised that the missing person had been located safe and well.

RNLI Port Talbot were stood down, returning to their launch site where the lifeboat was recovered refuelled and made ready for service at 2.30am.

RNLI Port Talbot crew were then able to return to their beds in readiness for Sunday morning training.

It takes a massive commitment to be ready 24/7 365 days a year to save lives at sea.

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