Sunshine brings calls to Mumbles lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Saturday evening the volunteers were called to the aid of people stranded by the rising tide at Rotherslade. The Mumbles inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott was launched to their aid and the casualties were assisted by RNLI lifeguards from Langland bay to safely get ashore.

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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