Two RNLI lifeboats assist a broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 6.58pm together with the Mumbles RNLI lifeboat to assist a broken down vessel.

A wind swept sea breaking over the slipway during the launching

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching Off The Slipway

The sixteen foot vessel, with two people on board , had gone out on a fishing trip from the River Neath and had suffered fuel problems off Mumbles Head. The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat initially took the vessel in tow and proceeded across the bay towards the River Neath where they were met by the Port Talbot inshore lifeboat. The tow was transferred and the Port Talbot lifeboat proceeded up river to the Monkstone marina where the casualty vessel was safely placed on its moorings. Both lifeboats then returned to station.

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