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Sinking rib triggers call for Mumbles and Horton Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Crew for all three boats tasked to assist after distress call.

Horton lifeboat crew rigging the tow for the Mumbles all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Andy Miles

Horton Lifeboat rig a tow for the swamped rib

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles and Horton lifeboats were scrambled to the aid of a sinking rib today.

The powerboat with 7 crew on board is thought to have endured heavy seas off Worms head which dislodged one of its flotation chambers and caused the boat to rapidly take on water.

Fortunately for the crew a passing rib 'Sea serpent' was close to hand to take them to shore. Horton lifeboat was launched to assist the skipper in saving the boat. The Mumbles All weather lifeboat was launched to assist with towing the swamped rib back to The Mumbles.

Horton lifeboat transferred the ribs crew to the All Weather lifeboat and Mumbles inshore lifeboat 'The Mark Lott' was launched to assist the rib with returning safely to shore.

Lifeboat coxswain at The Mumbles Martin Double said 'The crew of the rib were unfortunate that heavy seas had caused such immediate damage to the boat but thankfully David Tonge the skipper of the Sea Serpent is a helm on the Horton lifeboat and his rapid assistance made all the difference in ensuring the casualties safety'.

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