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Andy MilesVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
at The Mumbles.
Lifeboats News Release
The Volunteer crew of the Mumbles RNLI had a sprightly start to the weekend.
The Volunteer crew of the Mumbles RNLI had a sprightly start to the weekend.. The crew were called to the aid of a windsurfer who got into trouble in the bay Just as preparations for the Mumbles Oyster festival were taking place in Southend Park one of the visitors spotted a wind surfer ½ a mile out to sea in difficulty.The new RNLI Mumbles inshore lifeboat was launched immediately in gale force winds and within 5 minutes had plucked the windsurfer to safety. Sea conditions were rough and the onshore wind made rescue particularly difficult.James Bolter Second Coxswain of the Mumbles boat said: ‘The strong onshore winds were taking the windsurfer closer and closer to a violent section of waves breaking on the sea wall next to the Tivoli arcade. When we arrived it was quite tricky to keep the lifeboat pointing into a heavy sea. Just launching the lifeboat tonight proved challenging due to the very high spring tide. So much so that we had to recover the lifeboat at the shelter of the Knab rock slipway.This time of year is very popular with windsurfers as the autumn equinox brings strong winds which are ideal for them, however on this occasion the surfer was just overcome with how powerful the wind and tide was. We would urge anyone taking to the water in conditions like this to ensure they have a buoyancy aid and flares to attract attention if they got into trouble’.The RNLI has set a £136,000 fundraising target over three years towards a new lifeboat station for Mumbles to host a new Tamar Class lifeboat. The Tamar lifeboats are the most advanced vessels operated by the RNLI, providing all weather rescue capabilities and will replace the current Tyne class rescue boat that currently serves Mumbles.The fund reached the halfway point in July thanks to the fundraising efforts of the general public.Ends• The Mumbles lifeboat station has been operating since 1863. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.mumbleslifeboat.org.uk RNLI media contacts For more information please telephone Andy Miles RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07970 930 865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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