The Coastguard Rescue helicopter searching the area on the seaward side of the locks of Cardiff Bay Barrage last night

Both Penarth lifeboats and  Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 were involved a search of the coastline from Lavernock Point to the Cardiff Barrage last night.

The helicopter, using a powerful searchlight, infra-red heat-detecting equipment and night-vision goggles –  carried out several passes along the shoreline at an altitude of 300 feet.

Penarth’s Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat searching near the highwater mark at Penarth Head last night

Both local lifeboats also carried out co-ordinated searches – with the smaller D Class vessel working close to the shore on the evening’s high tide.

Penarth Coastguard officers were also on the scene liaising with local police and conducting a shoreline search.

It’s understood the alarm had been raised by an eyewitness on the Cardiff Bay Barrage but nothing was found.


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