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Port Talbot and The Mumbles RNLI lifeboats tasked to assist with a tow

Lifeboats News Release

A small 16ft vessel from Port Talbot had broken down off Mumbles Head

The lifeboat being taken down the water for launching

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Heading For The Sea

The vessel with three men on board had been fishing when they had engine failure and a small auxiliary engine they had on board was considered not powerful enough to get them back to the River Afan.

The Mumbles RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to take them in tow and proceed across the bay towards Port Talbot.

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was launched to meet The Mumbles boat out in the bay and take over the tow. Due to a dropping tide the lifeboat was unable to reach the slipway in the river to recover the boat. It was secured on moorings to await the incoming tide and they could then use their small auxiliary engine to get back to the slipway for recovery.

The Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat

Stephen Dunscombe

The Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat

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