Press release

Search for swimmer in Barry Harbour

Swimmer missing in Barry Harbour.

Rescue operations

A search has been carried out tonight for a swimmer last seen in Barry Harbour just before 8.30pm (1 February 2014).

Swansea Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public reporting the man entering the water, wearing flippers and a swimming cap.

The Penarth and Barry Coastguard Rescue Teams were involved in the search, along with the RNLI Barry Dock all-weather lifeboat and the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor.

Steve Matthews, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard, said:

We carried out a thorough search of the area tonight, but did not locate this swimmer. As this was in a sheltered area of the harbour, it could be that this man got out of the water safe and well.

Therefore, if anyone has any information about this swimmer, or you yourself went into the water at Old Harbour tonight, please give us a call on 01792 366534.

As conditions are currently treacherous with gale force winds and high tides, we’re urging people not to take risks. But if you do get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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Published 1 February 2014