Mumbles lifeboat crew called to help sinking fishing boat
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
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
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.