Mumbles Lifeboat gets 2 calls in one night

Lifeboats News Release

Man in trouble and yacht with engine failure in 2 hours

RNLI/ B Billingham

Yacht under tow

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles Lifeboat had 2 calls while on exercise tonight. The first was to help a despondent male at North Pier Swansea River. The man was helped by South Wales Police and the boat stood down.

The next call was to a 34 ft ketch with engine failure off Morfa Sands Port Talbot. The boat with 2 people on board was towed to the safety of Swansea Marina. The lifeboat returned to station by 10.20 pm.

Tim Conway Lifeboat Operations manager at the Mumbles said ‘We are very proud of our volunteer crew and the training they take on as their crew responsibility. Tonight they got to put that into practice. We’re thankful the skipper of the ketch asked for help sooner rather than later, with the incoming tide it could have turned out quite differently if they’d got washed up on the beach’.

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