The Penarth Fire-boat crew, Penarth Coastguard , a Coastguard helicopter, Penarth’s Inshore Lifeboat and South Wales Police have all been involved in a large-scale search this morning for a missing 18-year-old girl.
South Wales Police has issued a statement earlier this morning saying “Emergency services are currently in attendance at the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve on Windsor Esplanade following concerns for a young woman believed to be in the area.”
The Penarth Fire and Rescue boat “Two-Two-Bravo” was launched to carry out a search of the wetland nature reserve near the St David’s Hotel
Meanwhile Penarth Coastguards combed the shoreline of Cardiff Bay on foot with a team of coastguard officers from Barry. They worked their way through the reserve towards Cardiff Yacht Club.
The Coastguard helicopter “Rescue 187″ hovered over Cardiff Bay at a height of 1,000 feet using heat-seeking equipment for an hour in an attempt to locate the missing girl in the foliage of the nature reserve but had to leave to refuel before later returning to the scene.
The Penarth Fireboat was recalled after 10:15 and returned to base on Cardiff Barrage but at 11:00 Penarth’s inshore lifeboat Connie Dains was then called-in to participate in the search .
The search area was then widened to include the area near the Dr Who Experience but just before 12 noon the operation was stood down and the coastguard officers and the RNLI lifeboat returned to base .
Police then issued a further statement at mid-day saying that “The young woman has been found safe elsewhere in the city.” but no further information was given. Later Penarth Coastguard said that the “despondent female” for whom the search had been carried out had been “found in” the University Hospital of Wales at the Health in Cardiff.