Mumbles lifeboat responds to May Day call
Afternoon rescue of yacht in Swansea Bay
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a yacht in distress in Swansea Bay on Sunday afternoon. The 12 meter racing yacht had suffered engine problems. The crew of five had found themselves unable to get into Swansea river safely and managed to drop anchor to stop themselves becoming a hazard to shipping.
2nd Coxswain of the Mumbles lifeboat Nigel Garner said, ‘This was an incredibly experienced crew who knew the danger they were in as they were struck without control in the entrance to a busy harbour’.
The vessel was towed into Swansea Marina.
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, in a normal year, 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.