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The volunteers of the Mumbles lifeboats played their part in the Swansea Airshow

Lifeboats News Release

The All weather lifeboat played their part in the rescue display with Coastguard rescue Helicopter 187 on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event.

Mumbles lifeboat from the Coastguard Helicopter 187

RNLI/Morwenna Stewart

The Mumbles Lifeboat Roy Barker IV at Swansea Airshow

Crew member Morwenna Stewart said ' It was such a buzz, I love working with helicopters, the last time we were working with Helicopter 187 was in much more serious circumstances as we were helping an injured climber on the Gower. This time it was to demonstrate the skill of Lifeboat Helm and Coastguard Pilot in transferring personnel from boat to the air at 24 knots. The crowds looked amazing from the sea'.

Coxswain Martin Double said 'The show looked fantastic and we were very lucky to get some spare time for the Helicopter to make an appearance. This has been a very busy summer for both teams'.

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