Police boarded a ship docked in Wales on Saturday over concerns about a person's welfare. South Wales Police reportedly sent specialist teams to a ship docked off Port Talbot on Saturday. It is understood the Frontier Asuka vessel was docked in the area when concerns were raised about the welfare of a person on board.

It is believed that both police and border force officials attended the scene after the alarm was raised.

In a statement issued on March 19, chief inspector at South Wales Police, Jason Herbert explained: "Police received a call on Friday (March 15) about a possible safeguarding issue, in respect of an individual reported to be on board a ship off the coast of South Wales." For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

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Mr Herbert continued: "Alongside colleagues from partner agencies, specialist South Wales Police teams were deployed to the ship – near the Port of Port Talbot – on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. After a thorough examination of the vessel, no evidence was discovered of anybody at risk, nor of any other safeguarding issues on board.

"We will always take seriously safeguarding or wellbeing concerns, and I am grateful for the work done by colleagues to help establish the circumstances in this case, and determine that there are no issues of concern in relation to this report. The specialist teams have now been stood down and the ship is continuing on its journey."

Previously, the BBC reported that Chief Supt Simon Belcher said there were "no wider public safety concerns" and that the ship was not in danger.

The Frontier Asuka vessel ship is a 291m x 45m bulk carrier, a type of large merchant ship often used to transport unpackaged bulk cargo like iron ore, coal, cereal, salt, aluminum or other materials. It sails under the Panama flag and departed from Saldanha port in South Africa in late February.

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