Horton and Port Eynon RNLI rescues two boats on busy Bank Holiday Monday
Bank Holiday Monday (30 May) was a busy time for members of the Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat station.
In the morning there was a fundraising cake bake sale at the boathouse which raised almost £500.
The volunteer crew hardly had time to draw breath after the fundraising event when shortly before 3.30pm information was received that a kayaker was in difficulty off Port Eynon Point. The crew were paged and the lifeboat was quickly launched and made its way to Port Eynon Point.
The lifeboat crew located the kayaker and towed him into the safety of the bay. The kayaker was visiting the area.
Before the lifeboat returned to the boathouse information was received that a boat was in difficulty off Oxwich Point, its engine having failed.
The RNLI lifeboat quickly made its way and located the inflatable boat, which was approximately 2.5 metres in length.
David Tong of Gower Coast Adventures was in the vicinity in his boat Sea Serpent and had secured the boat, which had three people on board, to prevent it drifting.
The RNLI lifeboat then took the inflatable in tow and towed it in to Oxwich Bay. The lifeboat was crewed by HelmRachel Hurford, Jon Tarrant and Tom Grove.
Lawrie Grove, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Horton and Port Eynon RNLI, said: ‘When kayaking you should always check the tides, weather and wind direction before setting off. When going out in a boat powered by an engine in addition to checking the weather, wind direction and tides you should also ensure that you have enough fuel and that the engine is working properly.’
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