Mumbles volunteer crew respond to May Day call in Swansea Bay.

Lifeguards News Release

Lone yachtsman in danger of getting smashed on the beach

Boat being towed by all weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV

RNLI/D Herbert Evans

Boat being towed

Just after 5.30 both boats were called to aid a mayday call from a 6 meter yacht with engine trouble just off shore of the Jersey Marine beach area.

Fortunately a survey vessel was first on the scene and took the yacht in tow to stop it getting washed up on the beach. Both inshore and all Weather lifeboat arrived within 15 minutes to take over and tow the yacht with 1 person on board back to Swansea.

Coxswain of the Mumbles lifeboat Martin Double said ' the yachtsman did the right thing to ask for help when he did. There was quite a strong wind and it could easily have turned into a very difficult rescue'.

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