Mumbles Lifeboat rescues fishing boat
Crew called to their own slipway
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Inshore Lifeboat ‘Mark Lott’ launched to the aid of an 18ft speedboat suffering from engine failure. The crew of the boat managed to get to the slipway at the end of the pier and were trying to restart the engine.
Our shore based crew evacuated casualties from the slipway into the boathouse released them to the care of Mumbles Coastguard team. Mumbles Inshore Lifeboat then towed the vessel to knab rock slipway.
Lifeboat operations Manager Tim Conway said ‘It has to be said this was a very swift rescue as the boat had managed to make its way to our slipway. On a serious note, there were a lot of people on this boat, no life jackets on board and fog forecast. They were very lucky to be able to catch the slipway as the fast moving tide started to take hold. Taking to the sea at this time of year means having a decent level of safety equipment, life jackets and a means of calling for help are a must. There’s lots of safety information online. Just have a look at www.RNLI.org.uk.
Crew - J Bolter, J Rice, J Stewart
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.