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Round the clock rescues for Mumbles RNLI volunteers

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Danielle Rush
Divisional Media Relations Manager

Lifeboats News Release

  • Date:
    02/07/2009
  • Author: Danielle Rush

Round the clock rescues for Mumbles RNLI volunteers

The inshore RNLI lifeboat at the Mumbles has been called out six times in the last 24 hours. The first call out came in the early hours of yesterday morning (1 July) and the volunteer crew were still in action at 1.30am this morning (2 July).

The busy period began when at 04.22am yesterday when the inshore RNLI lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival II was requested to offer assistance to a person in the water close to the Carlton Hotel on Mumbles seafront. The casualty was recovered from the water and returned to Coastguards and Police on the shore.

At 7.18pm that evening, the volunteer RNLI crew were called to action again following reports of two swimmers in difficulty off the Inner Fairway Buoy, Swansea Bay. The inshore RNLI lifeboat carried out a search of Swansea Beach and the mouth of the Tawe up to the lock gates but nothing was found.

Just half an hour later, the RNLI lifeboat was re-tasked to a third incident. This time a 16ft fishing boat off the mouth of the Tawe required assistance. The vessel was towed into Swansea Marina and as soon as it was brought to safety, Swansea Coastguard requested the assistance of the volunteer crew at the ferry terminal.

A drifting vessel which had engine failure and about to ground was the reason for the fourth call-out. The inshore RNLI lifeboat launched at 8.25pm, took the vessel in tow to the safety of Swansea Marina lock gates.

The fifth call for assistance came at 8.50pm, after a vessel had suffered engine failure in Swansea Bay. The vessel was being escorted across the bay and the RNLI lifeboat was requested to check the situation. The escorting vessel was happy to continue, so the RNLI lifeboat returned to station.

At 12.54am this morning, the volunteers were paged and called to action for a sixth time, after a person was heard shouting for help off County Hall, Swansea. The inshore RNLI lifeboat launched and the person was recovered to the shore to waiting Police and Coastguards.

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For further information, images, or interviews, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales and the West on 01745 585162 or 07786 668829, or email drush@rnli.org.uk

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