The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat called out to fishing boat
Just after 5.30pm today (15 June) the volunteer crew of the Mumbles all-weather lifeboat were called to the aid of a fishing vessel with engine failure.
Within 15 minutes, the crew were launching the Mumbles lifeboat Roy Barker IV. The fishing boat with two crew on board was located just off Mumbles head and was safely taken in tow to its home port of Swansea Marina.
By 7pm, the Mumbles RNLI lifeboat was safely back in its boat house and ready for launch.
Coxswain Martin Double said:
'The crew of the fishing boat did exactly the right thing. With a strong outgoing tide they called for help as soon as possible. We're approaching the busiest time of the year for the RNLI and we would advise anyone going near the water this summer to take a few precautions. There's lots of water safety to be found on the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk.'
For further information call Andy Miles, The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 01792 361268
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.