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Mumbles lifeboat rescues swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a swimmer just after 10.45 this morning.

The Mark Lott being launched

RNLI/Andy Miles

Mumbles crew launch the Inshore lifeboat
The crew launched within 10 minutes. A member of the public grew concerned after seeing a swimmer take to the water and not return for quite some time. The Inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott arrived on the scene and located the swimmer who was found around 100 metres from the beach but was reported to be fine. Upon further investigation and with the flow of the falling tide taking full effect between the islands the swimmer agreed to be taken to pier beach.
Crew member Morwenna Stewart said 'Many people swim from the beach but it can be difficult to swim against the tide. We're very grateful to the person who called for help. It's always better to be safe than sorry and if you're ever concerned about someone then call the Coastguard on 999'.

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