Mumbles Lifeboat rescues fishing boat
Crew called to boat in Swansea Bay
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat were called to the aid of a 20 ft fishing boat with engine failure.
Just after 7pm the alarm was raised with Milford Haven Coastguard that the boat with 3 people on board was in trouble shortly after launching from Mumbles.
The boat was on passage to Cardiff but within 20 minutes the Lifeboat was on the scene and took the vessel in tow back to Mumbles. The smaller Y boat was deployed from the launch area inside the Tamar class Lifeboat ‘Roy Barker IV and the fishing boat was then towed back to Mumbles.
Deputy second coxswain James Bolter said, ‘ They did exactly the right thing and called for help as soon as they were in trouble. While the sea was quite rough it was also quite cold and not the night to be drifting in the Bristol Channel. They had everything they needed to be out at night with good navigation lights, life jackets and VHF radio. Going to sea at night particularly in winter can be quite dangerous. For more hints and tips go to https://www.respectthewater.com.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.