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Mumbles lifeboat volunteers aid 2 stricken yachts aground

Lifeboats News Release

Warm weather brings a busy summer for the Crew.

24ft yacht being rescued by crew

RNLI/Andy Miles

Yacht aground at Langland Bay

The crew were out on exercise fortunately when they were diverted to aid a family out sailing who had become stranded on a shallow sand bank in the middle of Swansea bay.

A tow was quickly established and the 24 ft yacht was towed to deep water.

An hour later the same crew were called to assist a yacht aground in Caswell Bay. The crew were taken ashore while the boat was towed to deep water and 2 lifeboat crew sailed the boat back to a safe mooring in Mumbles.The 2 crew of the yacht were taken to the safety of the lifeboat station.

Lifeboat crew Adam Evans said ' The very high tide also leads to a very low tide at low water. Both skippers did the right thing and called for help sooner rather than later. The sand bank in the middle of the bay does occasionally catch people out at low water. For further information on safety on the water have a look at our website'.

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