A police helicopter has been carrying out slow low-level sweeps of the Penarth foreshore as the search continues for the “man dressed in black” who was reported to have “walked into the water” 600 metres south of Penarth lifeboat slip at around 17:00 last night.
The National Police Air Service helicopter – with infra-red heat detecting equipment on board – carried out a slow, low-level sweep along the foreshore at 13:00 today.
It’s now been established that the alarm was raised by a “vessel on the water” – the crew of which had seen the man dressed in black – or dark – clothing walking into the water.
The search began at Cardiff Docks entrance and continued along Penarth Head past Penarth Pier and the Esplanade and on towards Lavernock – passing the point at which the man was reported to have been seen walking waist-deep into the sea.
The tide was still rising at the time.
As reported by PDN last night (see http://tinyurl.com/hwbbua6 ) both Penarth lifeboats, the Barry Dock lifeboat and a Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter were involved in the search as darkness fell .
As it happened one of the lifeboats and the helicopter were both used last night to rescue two groups of people who had been cut off by the tide in the Sully area – none of whom had any connection with the man seen entering the water.
South Wales Police said today no body has been found. Officers are continuing to make enquiries in relation to the incident.