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'
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For further information contact Mumbles Lifeboat station on 01792 361246.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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