Crews called out on 3 occasions
A SEARCH and rescue operation was launched following reports of a microlight aircraft crashing off Aberavon Beach.
But the search was abandoned after nothing was found, with the RNLI concluding it was probably a false alarm with good intent.
The lifeboat was launched three times on Wednesday, firstly when a fishing boat with three people on board had to be towed back when its propeller became fouled on a mooring line.
Then the crew had to help two people in a 10ft rubber boat who struggled to row in the River Afan after being left exhausted by the conditions.
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RNLI spokesman Mel Cooper said the third shout came in at 9.20pm following reports a microlight had crashed.
"It was felt the report was well intentioned as a number of microlights were flying in the area at the time," he said.