RNLI lifeboats and rescue helicopter tasked to emergency call

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI's inshore lifeboat and The Mumbles RNLI's all-weather lifeboat, together with the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter, search Swansea Bay.

The Port Talbot lifeboat was tasked at 1.55am on Thursday (28 April) after HM Coastguard received a 'pan pan'  emergency call reporting a person possibly injured aboard a vessel in Swansea Bay.

Both The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 187, were also tasked to the search.

A thorough search was carried out across the bay area for approx 90 minutes but nothing was found. There were no further transmissions received from the original source, so it was treated as a possible hoax call.

All the emergency services were then stood down and returned to station.

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For further information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 01639 894335. 

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