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Mumbles Lifeboat rescues fishing boat

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Crew called to boat in Swansea Bay

RNLI/Andy Miles

Boat taken in tow

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

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