Penarth Coastguard officers and South Wales Police were called last night to attend to two scantily-clad girls reported to be “jumping” in a semi-inflated dinghy in Cardiff Bay.
Quite what the girls, who were wearing only bikini bottoms, were up to is still unclear – but it was a very warm evening .
Their 10ft 4inch long Excursion 4 plastic inflatable dinghy was equipped with a pair of oars, an air pump and two reclining seats and is described as an “entry-level” craft. The Excursion 4 dinghies sell on EBay for just £128.
The girls were safely brought ashore at the Penarth Water-Taxi pontoon where their dinghy was deflated.
Penarth Coastguards say local by-laws prohibit the use of inflatables in anywhere in Cardiff Bay – but no such by-law appears to be listed on the on-line version of the Cardiff Harbour Authority by-laws – and in fact inflatable craft are used extensively in Cardiff Bay although these are rather more robust than the dinghy in last night’s incident.
Swimming in Cardiff Bay is prohibited however and currently the low volume of water flowing into the Bay from the Rivers Taff and Ely has caused locking restrictions to be imposed.
The Coastguard officers , gave the two girls “safety advice” and then escorted them off the pontoon.