Penarth Coastguard officers carried out a search of the riverbank with police whilst the fire and rescue service searched from the water

Penarth Coastguard officers at the Cardiff Marine Village pontoon on the River Ely early this morning searching the Ely riverbank  with police whilst the fire and rescue service searched from the water and brought a police dog and handler to the scene (Photo Penarth Coastguard)

The discovery of an empty kayak floating down the Ely River after midnight last night  prompted a full-scale search and rescue operation by South Wales Fire and Rescue, Penarth coastguard  and South Wales Police in the vicinity of Cardiff Marine Village.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Penarth Fire-boat was launched from the Barrage Locks  and  was tasked to search the  banks of the Ely whilst police dog handlers carried out a search from the land.

A police dog ,accompanied by a police dog-handler was also ferried to an inaccessible part of the river bank by the fire boat.

At  03:04 am  the dog located the “canoeist” who –  it’s understood  –  had allegedly been paddling a kayak that didn’t belong to him, upstream towards Ely.

He was arrested and  taken into custody near Cardiff Marine Village – the marine dealership and boat-park compound  which lies upstream from Penarth Road bridge . The kayak was also safely recovered.


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  1. Paul says:

    Some people are desperate at that time in the morning..

  2. snoggerdog says:

    maybe hes just lost his way from RIO!

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