Volunteer crew on Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat were called away from the fireworks display on Saturday to respond to a call for help that proved to be bogus.
The coastguard had received a message on VHF radio to say a small motor boat had lost its engine and was sinking near Aberthaw. Both Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat and rescue helicopter 187 were launched and carried out an extensive search in perfect search conditions.
A spokesperson said: “Further information was then received that led Milford Haven Coastguard to believe that the call was a hoax. The lifeboat and helicopter, along with Llantwit Major Coastguard, were stood down and the search was called off.
“The lifeboat returned to station just after 9.30pm and was made ready for the next service before the volunteers headed home.
This was the second call out of the weekend: the first was on Friday evening at 7:45pm, to a 39ft yacht with no engine and a depleted power supply. The yacht was heading to Avonmouth, but after a discussion between the coxswain of the lifeboat and skipper of the yacht, it was agreed that the yacht should be towed back to Barry harbour.
“The lifeboat and yacht arrived back in Barry and the crew returned home just after 11pm.
“The RNLI charity relies on donations to carry out its lifesaving work. The station is grateful to the support it receives from supporters across the town and further afield.
“Fundraisers recently accepted a donation raised from sponsorship of the Barry Island Ferris Wheel pods. Thanks go to the Danter families and sponsors for their generosity,” the spokesperson added.