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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launched to broken down jet ski

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was launched at 10.49am to aid a broken down jet ski.

Launching into a choppy sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The lifeboat sets off

Members of the public had reported a jet ski apparently broken down at the entrance to the river Afan at Port Talbot and the person on board waving his arms in the air. The lifeboat was soon on scene and found the jet ski in heavy surf and unable to restart the engine. The jet ski was taken in tow and returned to the slipway in the river Afan for recovery. Once safely ashore the lifeboat returned to station.

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