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Mumbles Volunteers called to aid sinking yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Just after lunchtime the volunteers were called to Mumbles Lifeboat Station

43ft yacht sails to Swansea while being escorted by The Mumbles All Weather lifeboat.

RNLI/Ben Williams

Yacht being escorted to Swansea

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a yacht taking on water today.

The 43 ft yacht with 3 people on board called Milford Haven Coastguard for help when they were approximately 2 miles South of Mumbles.

The Mumbles All Weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV was launched to assist. When the lifeboat arrived the yacht had managed to halt the ingress of sea water. The lifeboat then escorted the vessel back to Swansea Marina.

Lifeboat Operations manager Tim Conway said ' The skipper did well to call for immediate help. He's an experienced seaman who's quick thinking saved the boat. We're immensely grateful to our volunteers for taking time out of their jobs to drop everything run to the rescue'.

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