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 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 .
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.