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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked to a drifting fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked after the coastguard received an emergency call of a small vessel drifting towards rocks.

The lifeboat returning for recovery

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Job Done
The lifeboat was called at 4.20pm on Tuesday 9th May, to assist a 18 foot fishing boat which was drifting towards rocks forming the long arm of the deep water harbour. Despite having its anchor down it was not holding and the boat would have soon been aground. A tow was quickly established by the lifeboat and the boat was pulled away from danger. The lifeboat then proceeded to tow the boat into the River Afan for recovery at the slipway. A small Swansea trawler, the 'Titan Discovery' which was also in the vicinity was also on hand if needed.

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