TWO HELICOPTERS AND THREE LIFEBOATS HUNT FOR MAN WHO LEFT HIS CLOTHES ON THE BEACH

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was pushed through the shallows into deeper water – with the lifeboat tractor almost submerged.

Both Penarth lifeboats and a police helicopter were called out late this afternoon to search an area of the Bristol Channel immediately off Penarth Pier following the discovery of clothing at the water’s edge.

Penarth Coastguards were joined by a team from Barry Coastguard to carry out a search of the shoreline on foot.

The police helicopter – for the second time in a week was checking out a suspected suicide off the Penarth coastline

The police helicopter – using infra red heat detecting equipment – searched the coastline off the Esplanade .

It was almost a carbon copy of another search carried out off Penarth Head a week ago.

The missing man was seen waist deep in the water on the shore near Penarth Pier at 10:30 am . A pile of clothing was later found in the area. Coastguard police and paramedics gathered at Penarth Esplanade  (Photo Peter Stealey)

On this occasion the target of the search was a man who had been spotted in the water at 10:30 this morning up to his waist in the sea.  However another report says the alert was raised at 14:00 this afternoon

A pile of clothes was later found on the beach – just North of Penarth Pier  – and it’s understood it was this discovery which led to the emergency services being called out.

The second helicopter in today’s search – Coastguard Rescue 187 searched off Penarth Head.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat pauses and the crew stand to give them a better vantage point as they search the surface of the sea .

The large Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched first – at almost low tide –  with its tractor almost at the limit of its range as it  pushed the lifeboat lon its trailer into  the deepest available water.

The Penarth Lifeboat workhorse – the little D Class – is towed out to the sea this afternoon

The launch of the big lifeboat was followed by the launch of the smaller D Class which was also tasked to take part in the search. The D Class lifeboat carried out a search of the water immediately underneath Penarth Pier whilst the Atlantic 85 searched the area around the Wrach Channel.

This  search was later extended to Sully Island and Barry Dock lifeboat was also called in to assist  . The operation was stood down with nothing found at 17:25 this evening.

 

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One Response to TWO HELICOPTERS AND THREE LIFEBOATS HUNT FOR MAN WHO LEFT HIS CLOTHES ON THE BEACH

  1. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    A big thank you to all the blue light services.

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