A full scale search operation was carried out on the River Ely this morning for a woman wearing only pyjamas who had been spotted by a passing motorist at 05:00 this morning near Penarth Road Bridge.
The eyewitness said the woman had apparently clambered over the bridge’s safety barrier. Subsequently there was no one to be seen on the bank – leading to fears that the woman might have fallen – or jumped – into the River Ely.
Emergency vehicles from South Wales Police, the NHS Ambulance Service, and Penarth Coastguard had converged on Cardiff Bay Yacht Club to commence a search along the river banks.
Despite the recent heavy rain the rate of flow on the river is relatively low and conditions were calm . South Wales Fire and Rescue deployed their portable rescue vessel.
Penarth Lifeboat carried out a search of the river banks and the shores of the barrage but nothing was sighted. The search was stood down at 09:00.