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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked twice in a day

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was tasked twice in a single day on Sunday (23 April)

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching into a calm sea
The lifeboat was on exercise when the first call came in at 12pm when a 20 foot motorboat from the River Afan had broken down close to Nash Point.

As the area was quite close to Porthcawl, Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers were tasked with towing the boat to Port Talbot and handing the tow over to the Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat. Once a tow was established by the Port Talbot volunteers at the mouth of the river, the boat was towed to the slipway for recovery. Both lifeboats were then stood down.

The second call came at 7pm, when Port Talbot lifeboat was tasked, together with both lifeboats from The Mumbles, after UK Coastguard received a mayday call from a vessel in the Swansea Bay area.

Despite a full search of the whole area, including the rivers, nothing was found. The Coastguard believe it was a false alarm. All lifeboats were then stood down and returned to station.

Port Talbot lifeboat arrived back on station at 8.15pm and was then made ready for sea.

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For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07814 985057 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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