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Mumbles Lifeboat rescues fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Crew called to their own slipway

RNLI/Rich Webborn

Boat at Mumbles 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’.

Crew - J Bolter, J Rice, J Stewart

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