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Mumbles Lifeboat's crew called to aid more seafarers on the Gower coast

Lifeboats News Release

Today there were more calls for anyone taking to the sea to ensure their boats are seaworthy

Mumbles crew member rigs a tow on vessel off Oxwich

RNLI/Andy Miles

Boat being towed from Oxwich
Tuesday morning the All weather lifeboat was called to the aid of a small fishing boat with engine trouble off Oxwich point.
The boat with 2 crew on board was towed to Aberavon where Port Talbot lifeboat assisted with towing the boat up river.
Just after 5.30 pm the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott were called to the assistance of the skipper of a boat who had become stranded on his own boat when the engine broke down just meters from his mooring in Mumbles. The boat was put back on its mooring and the owner returned to shore. Lifeboat operations manager Tim Conway said 'This week we've had many calls for boats suffering engine problems. We would urge all taking to the sea to ensure their engines and all equipment are ready for use.'

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