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Mumbles lifeboat launched to assist yacht in trouble

Lifeboats News Release

The crew were called by Milford Haven coastguard just after 7pm

Crew prepare to tow yacht

RNLI/Andy Miles

Yacht off Port Talbot
The vessel was on passage to Swansea Marina with 4 people on board.
'They suffered engine failure and were able to maintain a constant distance offshore in a strong onshore wind. ' said deputy second coxswain James Bolter. 'As soon as they discovered they had problems they immediately called for help. We would always urge anyone in trouble at sea to call for help as soon as they can. Thankfully they were able to keep clear of shipping traffic by using their limited sail. We're very grateful to the crew of a passing rib with transferring one of our crew to the boat to assist with rigging the tow. We towed the yacht to Swansea Marina and returned to station by 8.30'.
Launch Operations Manager at the Mumbles RNLI lifeboat station Tim Conway said ' We're always grateful to our volunteer crew for the time they give up for the charity'.

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