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8 rescued by Mumbles lifeboat in fast rising tide.

Lifeboats News Release

'The start of the summer holidays brings usual rise in calls for the RNLI

Boat at speed

RNLI/Andy Miles

Mumbles Inshore lifeboat

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Inshore lifeboat 'The Mark Lott' were called just after 8pm on Tuesday evening to 8 people trapped at Caswell Bay.

The 4 adults and 4 children had been caught out by the fast rising spring tide.

Lifeboat crewman Andrew Edwards said ' It's the start of the holiday season and while we expect to get calls like this we remind anyone going near the water this summer to read the safety information at www.RNLI.org.uk.

The 8 people were returned to the safety of the beach and the capable hands of H M Coastguard. The boat returned to station just after 9pm.

Lifeboat taking casualties from the ledge behind the pumping station at Caswell

H M Coastguard

Boat takes casualties to Caswell Beach

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