Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged following reports of a life raft adrift in the Bristol Channel approximately one mile east of the breakwater. Porthcawl Lifeboat was launched within minutes to investigate the circumstances of the life raft and to check if there were any persons aboard. Fortunately the craft, although badly damaged by the severe storms, was empty and there were no reports of missing persons.

From enquiries made by Porthcawl Coastguard unit, who were on duty during the incident, it appears that the life raft had been washed off one of the large merchant ships off Port Talbot. Once it entered the water it would automatically inflate and enable any persons in the sea to have some life saving ability.