The end of the Barrage breakwater - the scene of this morning's emergency

The end of the Barrage breakwater – an hour after this morning’s emergency

Several police cars, Penarth Coastguard officers and Penarth lifeboat were called to the  Cardiff Bay Barrage at Penarth this morning after a report of a young boy in apparent distress at the end of the Barrage breakwater.

The exact circumstances are not entirely clear but eyewitnesses said the boy was apparently threatening to jump from an iron ladder at the end of the breakwater.

The Penarth D Class lifeboat "Connie Dains" is recovered after tihis morning's call-out

The Penarth D Class lifeboat “Connie Dains” is recovered after this morning’s call-out

Penarth’s inshore D Class lifeboat Connie Dains was tasked by the HM Coastguard HQ at Milford Haven to assist the police at the scene of the incident –  in case the boy did fall into the water.

Eyewitnesses said 4 police cars were in attendance  along with a complete Penarth Coastguard team and an  NHS paramedic crew.  Several visitors to Cardiff Barrage – enjoying the brilliant sunshine – looked on as the drama unfolded.  Almost an hour elapsed before the boy was eventually brought to safety and handed over to the ambulance crew.

The youngster was taken into the care of coastguards and police and handed over to the ambulance crew . One eyewitness said the boy was “screaming to be let-go” when he was put into the vehicle.



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  1. snoggerdog says:

    i approached the lad who was sitting the on the wrong side of the railings & asked him if he was going to spoil my day to which he replied “i dont want to here anymore” any way another couple were walking up the pier so i went behind the green lighthouse & rang barrage control,then i went back & talked to him until the police arrived. i must admit i was bricking it thinking if he lets go im going to have to maybe follow him in (with a lifebelt) but it didnt come to that,i think the police knew him, they spoke to him by name. any road it was a good outcome for the lad even if he didnt think so at the time !

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    strange morning-spring seemed to be in the air-I missed the drama on the barrage but walking across the Taff viaduct ,noticed a young woman (late teens/early twenties)lying down on the footpath-I asked if she was OK but I do not think she spoke English-I did not wish to make her anxious so gave her the “thumbs up” and noticed that she, with her rucksack was heading towards Butetown!

  3. Colin says:

    Were C.A.V.R.A. called?

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