Penarth Fire and Rescue Service’s fire-boat was joined last night by Penarth Lifeboat and a South Wales police helicopter to search the River Taff following reports received by the police of a “missing man”-
South Wales Fire and Rescue now say they understand that the emergency call (made originally to the police) could have been a hoax.
Both the Fire Service vessels and Penarth lifeboat combed the River Taff and the entire area of Cardiff Bay after the initial call was received just after 16:00 .
A police helicopter was also brought in to comb the area using infra-red sensing cameras. The area covered from was Clarence Road to the main A4232 bridge and the entire area of Cardiff Bay
Police have not released any information about the person or persons who raised the initial alarm.
The combined cost of the operation – including the helicopter – could be as much as £5,000 to £10,000. Operations were stood down at 20:00.