Mumbles lifeboat volunteers rescue Fishing boat taking on water.
Call for help just a few metres from the station
The Mumbles All weather lifeboat was launched to assist the 18ft fishing boat with 2 people on board as their engine had failed and the boat was taking on water at the Mixon Bank.
Within 10 minutes the boat was taken in tow. The crew of the fishing boat managed to restart their engine and made their own way to Swansea Marina. The All weather lifeboat escorted them to port and returnegd to station.
Coxswain Martin Double said 'We were getting concerned as even on a calm day boats can easily be flipped over on the Mixon sands. Thankfully the skipper called for help as soon as he was in trouble. We would always advise anyone taking to the water, weather at sea or inland water ways there's lots of information on our website. WWW. RNLI.ORG.UK
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.