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Port Talbot RNLI crew take on a challenge

Lifeboats News Release

A group of Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat crew members recently undertook a 21.5m combined kayak and bike ride for the Mayday fundraising appeal.

The crew members together with the safety boat getting close to shore

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Getting close to Knab Rock

The group of nine started from Aberavon beach at 9.30am to kayak to Knab Rock in Mumbles, escorted by a safety boat manned by other crew members. Due to the tidal conditions the course taken was in a slight arc following the coastline. The kayaks arrived at Mumbles after three hours, to be met by other crew members who had transported the bikes across.

After a short rest the crews started out on their bikes at 1pm to return to the Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat station. They arrived at 2.45pm, exhausted but pleased that they had completed their journey without mishap.

The fundraising effort by the crew had been going on for for a few weeks with family and friends making donations. The total amount raised came to £600 for the Mayday appeal.

The RNLI's Mayday campaign ran for the whole month of May and called on people to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’, with the lifesaving charity hoping to raise £750,000 to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow willies.

Port Talbot RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Rob Harris said: 'This was a job well done and all those who took part can be proud of their achievment.'

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures, which should be credited RNLI/Mel Cooper, show:

- On their bikes: The Port Talbot RNLI fundraisers getting ready to return to Port Talbot

- Kayakers getting close to Knab Rock

For more information please contact Mel Cooper, Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07917 521123 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Seven of the nine riders about to go

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Getting ready to return to Port Talbot

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