A large-scale land,sea and air search along the coastline from Whitcliffe Drive to Lavernock Point and Sully Island was launched late today for man reported missing by South Wales Police
Coastguard HQ at Milford Haven requested the launch of both of Penarth ‘s lifeboats and Penarth Coastguard’s rescue volunteers were also deployed to the clifftop at Whitcliffe Drive .
One complication was the very warm and sunny weather, which had attracted several sunbathers to the stretch of beach between Penarth and Lavernock and had also tempted a number of people to take a cooling dip in the sea .
That made it all the harder for the searchers to establish whether the “high-risk” man they were trying to locate was amongst those spotted toasting themselves in the sun.
The D Class lifeboat Spirit of Penarth II returned to base at Penarth at 17:30 with nothing having been sighted. The Penarth Atlantic 85 lifeboat was also involved in the search as was the ocean-going Barry Dock lifeboat.
The person thought to have been “missing” later turned out to be safe and well and was actually discovered near Penarth Pier . The cost of the search operation will have exceeded £5,000.
According to South Wales Police this is the 40th “missing person” to have been reported in the Vale of Glamorgan in the last six weeks since June 1st 2018.