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 – 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.
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 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 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.