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.
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.