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Mumbles lifeboat launched to motor cruiser in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Just after 1pm the Coastguard received a distress call from the skipper of a 27ft motor cruiser with engine and electrical failure just off Tutt Head .

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RNLI/Andy Miles

The Mumbles lifeboat Roy Barker IV
The lifeboat launched within 10 minutes and was able to take the vessel in tow to Swansea River. The boat with its 3 crew on board had had a difficult time contacting anyone for help as the radio onboard had failed due to an electrical fault.
Lifeboat operations manager at The Mumbles Tim Conway said 'This is one of those occasions when we're grateful for the good old mobile phone. Gower isn't known for its mobile signal but fortunately the skippers quick thinking paid off. We have some fantastic weather forecast for the next few weeks. We would advise anyone taking to the water in any way to take some time to find out about the dangers at www.RNLI.org.uk

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