Sunshine brings calls to Mumbles lifeboats
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboats had a busy weekend with calls to the aid of people cut off by a rising tide and a broken down powerboat.
On Sunday afternoon the Mumbles all-weather lifeboat the Roy Barker IV was launched to the aid of a 28ft powerboat with engine failure in Oxwich bay. The vessel with four people on board was towed back to Swansea Marina and the lifeboat returned to station by 6pm.
Coxswain Martin Double said: 'The beautiful weather over the weekend made for a busy time for the RNLI across the UK. We're incredibly aware of the possibility of there being more calls when the sun is shining. The skipper of the vessel did exactly the right thing and dropped anchor as soon as he could. The strong onshore wind could otherwise have brought him up on the rocks at Oxwich'
RNLI media contact
For further information contact Mumbles Lifeboat station on 01792 361246.
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.