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Port Talbot RNLI called out to an abandoned inflatable

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was called out at 8:16am this morning, Wednesday 11 July, after reports of an inflatable in the River Afan.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Crew member with the recovered inflatable
The lifeboat was soon on scene together with the local coastguard and a search was carried out in the vicinity. After a short search no one was found and the lifeboat and coastguard were stood down. This is the second call-out concerning inflatables in the last three days and highlights the problems with them if they are not handled properly and looked after, especially when there are strong winds in the area.

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