Mumbles Lifeboat's start Baton relay in Wales
The Queens Commonwealth games Baton arrived early in the village this morning
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboats started this mornings Queens Commonwealth relay.
Swansea was the first stop in Wales for the baton relay.
The three-hour Swansea leg of the relay started at Knab Rock in Mumbles at 7.30am before travelling along the promenade to the National Waterfront Museum
The Mumbles Lifeboat crew delivered the Queen’s Baton to Cllr Philip Downing, Lord Mayor of Swansea, and former Great Britain hockey captain Anne Ellis.
Baton bearers included former Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones, boxer Enzo Maccarinelli, Swans legend Alan Curtis, ex-Swans hero Lee Trundle, Swans captain Leon Britton, Paralympic swimming gold medallist Aaron Moores, and Matthew Rees, a Swansea Harrier who sacrificed his own time at the London Marathon earlier this year to help an injured runner over the finish line.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway said 'There's an incredible pride amongst the crew to be asked to be part of the the day. They're all volunteers and have taken time out of their everyday life to save lives on our coast so to be recognised in the relay is a great opportunity for them to highlight the work of the RNLI as a charity'.
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.