Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Called To Grounded Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked at 11.50pm on Friday 1st July after the coastguard were alerted to a yacht which had run aground in the River Neath on its way into the Monkstone marina.

Up on the mud at a 45 degree angle

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Like A Stranded Whale
The lifeboat was soon on scene and found the single keel yacht at a 45 degree angle at the entrance to the marina. The crew of four on board had tried to reach the marina on an outgoing tide but had run out of water on the corner before entry and had got the keel stuck in the mud. The lifeboat took the four crewmen off and put them safely ashore unharmed. Due to the tidal conditions the yacht was tied up to the river bank to await the next incoming tide. The lifeboat then returned to
The lifeboat was again called out at 5.56 am on Saturday 2nd June to return to the yacht to coincide with the incoming tide. Crew members boarded the yacht and after approx one hour the lifeboat righted itself and started to float. With the owners permission the crew started the engine and took it into its berth in the marina. Once securely moored the lifeboat then returned to station.
The lifeboat crew checking the yacht over for any damage

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Tide Slowly Coming In
Members of the lifeboat crew take the yacht into the marina.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Yacht On Its Way To Safety

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