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Mumbles Lifeboat early morning call to Three Cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles All weather lifeboat were called to the aid of a yacht at Three Cliffs this morning.

When the yacht had anchored late last night the sea was calm and the anchorage of Three cliffs bay on Gower looked perfect.


However over night a strong on shore wind had picked up making the possibility of the yacht being washed ashore a probability. The skipper called for help when he found it impossible to get the yachts anchor up.


The Mumbles Lifeboat launched within 15 minutes and was on the scene within 20 minutes of launching. The decision was made to put Lifeboat crew on board the yacht to assist the skipper. With conditions getting worse the yachts anchor was pulled up and the yacht taken out into the safety of deeper water near Oxwich bay.


The Mumbles lifeboat returned to station by 6.15 am.


Coxswain of the Mumbles lifeboat Martin Double said ' Thankfully the skipper had the sense to call for help as soon as possible. His experience taught him that things could very quickly have gone wrong under the circumstances. We would always urge anyone going to sea to keep an eye on the weather forecast for the next 24 hours when anchoring anywhere.'


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