A busy weekend for Burry Port RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Burry Port RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy bank holiday weekend with a series of launches.

Shortly after 1pm yesterday (Monday 31 May) crew members were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist a broken down vessel in the vicinity of Burry Holmes on the North Gower peninsula, already under tow but making little headway.

Burry Port RNLI's Atlantic 75 class lifeboat Leicester Challenge II was immediately launched, crewed by Helm Darren Sheppard and assisted by fellow crew Lee Fox and Rhydian Bowen, and located the motor launch with 10 passengers on board.

The vessel was put under tow and safely returned to moorings at Burry Port Harbour. All passengers were safe and well and relieved.

In the meantime at 2pm another small fishing boat was spotted close to Burry Port Harbour in some difficulties and the station's D-Class inshore lifeboat Diane Hilary was launched, crewed by Nick Jones at Helm and supported by Andrew Pullman a Mal O'Connell. Again the casualty vessel was put on tow and escorted back to the safety of the harbour, with all three passengers safe and well.

Both of the station's lifeboats returned to the harbour with their towed vessels almost simultaneously, so a successful ending to a very busy bank holiday Monday.

Before this it was a busy weekend for the station, as on Sunday (29 May) a training exercise with Helicopter 187 from HM Coastguard based at St Athan, immediately after a call to persons cut off by the tide at Llanelli Beach and another boat breakdown, which was successfully towed in on the return journey.

Roger Bowen, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Burry Port RNLI, said: 'It was an exceptionally busy weekend for our crew and thankfullly all launches resulted in successful outcomes for those who needed assistance. Our lifeboats are crewed entirely by volunteers who give up their own time to save lives at sea. They really showed their dedication this weekend.'

Notes to editors:
The attached pictures show:
Burry Port RNLI lifeboat speeding to help a broken down boat. Credit Dan Hawke
Burry Port RNLI and the HM Coasguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from St Athan in a joint training exercise. Credit RNLI/Burry Port
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