Emergency vehicles at Penarth Esplanade tonight (Photo Peter Stealey)

There was a full turn out of the emergency services at Penarth Esplanade tonight in support of teams dealing with the discovery of a body on  the foreshore below Penarth Head.

The body had been discovered some distance from the cliff face and appeared to have been  washed ashore .

The South Wales Police helicopter flying at below cliff-top height at Penarth Head this evening

The South Wales police helicopter hovered below the level of the 200ft high cliff top and then maintained a hovering position from altitude – monitoring the scene.

Access to the northern slipway and the foreshore was sealed off with police tape.

One eyewitness said he understood the unclothed body had been in the sea and had been washed ashore. There was a strong north-easterly on-shore wind throughout the day . High tide had been at 15.55 in the afternoon .

Police and Penarth Coastguard officers at the base of Penarth Head tonight. The focus of the incident was some distance away from this group and is not in this photo.

A team of police officers, a Penarth Fire and Rescue team and Penarth Coastguard officers were on the scene until late in the evening .

A police photographer  was capturing images of the site on the tideline where the body was discovered – using a powerful flashgun. Further details of the incident are  awaited.

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  1. Alwena Harries says:

    As someone who has just returned to Cardiff this morning on the Marco Polo, I would like to correct the details of the itinerary mentioned. Gibraltar was not part of the cruise although I do believe that the details had been advertised as such originally. The ship docked at La Pallice for La Rochelle, Getxo for Bilbao, Lisbon (2days) Leixoes for Oporto and La Coruna for Santiago de Compostela and Cathedral.
    I hope that the Marco Polo will sail from Cardiff again.

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