Mumbles raft race raises vital funds for the RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

‘The Weather was perfect and the support fantastic’

Large crowds attending the raft race

RNLI/Andy Miles

Crowds gather at the finish

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles RNLI are celebrating today following the success of their annual Raft Race yesterday.

The event had a bumper attendance with perfect weather and a new course for the teams to participate in.

The 33rd raft race had 22 entries with teams from as far away as Pontypridd taking part.

Lifeboat crew association chairman Dai Thomas said ‘The Weather was perfect and there was some stiff competition to finish the new course first with Envico getting themselves to the finish line in just over 8 minutes. It’s thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of these teams that the RNLI as a charity can carry on its mission to continue to save lives at sea. The money is still being collected but we’ve already banked over £12,000 for the charity which is tremendous’.

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