Horton, Mumbles and Port Talbot lifeboats launch to fishing boat in distress
Sunny weather makes way for busy weekend for South Wales crews
The sunny weather has brought about a multi-vessel rescue for the Volunteers of The Horton, Mumbles and Port Talbot Lifeboat stations on Easter Sunday.
At 1220 the Horton Lifeboat volunteers were diverted by HM Coastguard Milford Haven from exercise to attend to a broken down fishing boat with 2 people on board.
The boat was then taken in tow by The Mumbles All Weather lifeboat to the mouth of the river Afan. Port Talbot lifeboat took over the tow to ensure the boat was taken to the safety of the river.
Tim Conway, Lifeboat operations manager at The Mumbles said, ‘ This has been a challenging weekend for the RNLI. The onset of unusually warm weather has meant that many people are taking to the water for the first time this year. We would always advise anyone taking to the water to ensure they have a way of calling for help, carry basic safety equipment like life jackets and even if you’re not taking to the water but hitting the beach to check tide times and local conditions and rip currents.
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.