A 32 year old man has now been pronounced dead after apparently jumping into the water from the dockside at Penarth Marina last night.
Eyewitnesses say that at about 22:oo last night a man and a woman were heard arguing loudly as as they walked along the dockside at the Inner Basin of the Marina.
Local residents became so concerned about the loud late-night argument that the police were called to the scene. Before the police arrived however the man is said to have climbed over the railings and jumped nto the water some 15 feet below .
His female companion is reported to have then jumped in after him – apparently in an attempt to rescue the man.
Local residents say marina staff were called to the scene as were two fire engines and two rescue teams of South Wales Fire and Rescue who deployed their rescue boat. An ambulance was also called.
The woman was safety recovered from the water unhurt – but eyewitnesses said her male companion was difficult to locate and was underwater for a quite a time. Ity was a major operation to lift him out of the water onto a pontoon where CPR was applied to him.
South Wales Fire and Rescue say the casualty had been “trapped” in the water. He was then taken by ambulance to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.
Fixed ladders are strategically located on all the pontoons in the marina to enable anyone who falls into the water to climb out – but lifting an unconscious or hypothermic person out of the water requires a major operation.
The identities of the casualty and his companion have not been released – but there is now certain to be an inquest.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious but are urging anyone who may have seen the couple walking in the vicinity of the marina at around 22:00 hours last night to contact them by calling 101 quoting reference number: 1800389640.