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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat aids broken down vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked at 12.41pm on Sunday 7th May to a vessel at the mouth of the River Neath.

The lifeboat launches into a choppy sea

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The lifeboat was just returning to the station after training to be recovered when the call came in from the coastguard. Due to being low on fuel a quick recovery was made, the lifeboat was fuelled up and re-launched in a matter of minutes.
The 17 foot vessel, with two people on board, had broken down close to the entrance to the River Neath. The lifeboat was soon alongside and a tow was established. The vessel was then towed to the local boat club in the River Afan and successfully recovered at the slipway.
Port Talbot lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

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