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Mumbles Lifeboats respond to May Day call.

Lifeboats News Release

18 Ton motor boat in danger of going aground in heavy weather

Crew on deck assemble a tow

RNLI/Josh Stewart

Boat being taken under the tow

Mumbles lifeboat responds to May Day Call

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a 12m motor cruiser with engine failure. At 17.40 HM Coastguard at Milford Haven received a May Day call from the vessel. The boat with 3 people on board had got into trouble around Langland bay. Within 15 minutes the all weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV had launched and was on the scene within 10 minutes. The boat was taken under tow back to Swansea Marina. Due to heavy seas and very strong winds the Mumbles inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott was launched to assist with taking the boat to Swansea Marina. The Mumbles Lifeboats returned to station and ready for service by 8.00 pm

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