South Wales Police are investigating an incident in which a teenage boy received life-threatening injuries at Lavernock Point near Penarth late last night.
Both of Penarth’s lifeboats and Penarth Coastguard officers were involved in a multi-agency operation which also brought in South Wales Police and NHS paramedics
The big Atlantic 85 boat had been carrying out routine night exercises only a short time earlier and had been recovered from the water at the main lifeboat slipway, when the call-out came – the first “real-world shout” of 2017 .
Both the Atlantic 85 and the D Class inshore lifeboat were launched at 23:30 and headed to Lavernock where Penarth Coastguard , an NHS Ambulance and South Wales Police were joined them .
The seriously-injured teenager brought back to Penarth lifeboat station in the D class lifeboat (which can operate in shallow water) and was treated at the station by medics before being rushed by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales
The circumstances of the incident are not as yet clear and are still being investigated by the police. At this stage it is not known whether there were other people with the boy.