Mumbles and Horton lifeboats search for man in inflatable
3 lifeboats and 1 helicopter launched to search
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboats were called to the aid of an over due sea goer this evening .
The man had originally reported that he would return to Oxwich at 15.30.
The alarm was raised when he didn't return by 5pm.
Mumbles All weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV, the inshore lifeboat from Mumbles 'The Mark Lott' was launched to search for the man in a 9ft inflatable dinghy with a 12 volt electric outboard.
Horton lifeboat and a Coastguard helicopter were called to search the area. At 6.25 pm the boats were tasked to search for the casualty. He was located by The Mumbles lifeboat after his boat had become swamped at Tor Bay.
The crew of Horton Lifeboat took the casualty to the Mumbles lifeboat and they transferred him to the care of the Coastguard ashore at Oxwich.
Lifeboat Operations manager Tim Conway said ' This was the first time this gentleman had taken to the sea. While he did luckily have a lifejacket he didn't have a way of communicating with the Coastguard. We would urge anyone taking to the sea to read as much information as possible from the RNLI website. WWW. RNLI.ORG.UK'
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