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Mumbles lifeboat crew called to help sinking fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat had an interesting call today when a 16ft fishing boat was swamped while returning to the slipway at Knab Rock Mumbles

Crew member remove water a fishing boat at Knab Rock

RNLI/Andy Miles

Crew remove water from the fishing boat

A strong North Easterly wind made the ground swell large enough to fill the hull of the boat while its crew of 3 fishermen were returning home from a day of sea angling.
The crew managed to wade ashore. The lifeboat crew arrived in dry suits along with HM Coastguard teams and an ambulance. The boat was dragged from the water by a Coastguard's four wheel drive while the crew bailed the water from the inside.
Crew member Keiran Dunstan said 'We were aware that there was another 2 hours of making tide which could have taken the boat out to sea. It could have become a hazard to shipping so it was important to get it out of the water quickly.'
The boats 3 crew were checked over by ambulance crew but needed no further assistance
The fishing boat was emptied of more water before the making tide flooded it again

RNLI/Andy Miles

Boat on slip

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