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Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tasked to grounded yacht for the third time

Lifeboats News Release

After going to the aid of a grounded yacht twice on the 27 August, the lifeboat was again tasked on 4 September.

The lifeboat on its way to the casualty

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Setting Off from The Beach

On 27 August a 20ft yacht had run aground on the western end of Aberavon beach. When the lifeboat arrived on scene at 11.47am, the tide had receded and the boat was well above the tide line.

It was arranged with the coastguard that the lifeboat would again be tasked in the evening to try and tow the vessel off the beach when the tide came in.

Again at 9.43pm, the lifeboat returned to the yacht, but unfortunately despite efforts to tow it off, the water was just not high enough to do so. The decision was then made that the boat would have to remain insitu until the next high tide on 4 September.

On 4 September, the lifeboat was again tasked after the boats owner had attempted to refloat the boat by himself and had got into difficulties due to a damaged rudder. When the lifeboat arrived ,a tow was established and in quite choppy seas the boat was pulled into deeper water.

The lifeboat then proceeded to tow the boat to the River Neath and into the Monkstone marina. Once safely secured the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

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For further information please contact Mel Cooper, RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer at Port Talbot on 01639 894335.



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