Mumbles lifeboat called to stricken yacht
Engine failure sees boat washed towards Swansea beach
The Volunteer crew of the Mumbles All Weather lifeboat was called to the aid of a 32 ft ketch suffering from engine trouble which was being pushed onto the beach just in front of the Observatory.
The lifeboat launched just after 1825 following a request from the UK Coastguard at Milford Haven. The boat with 2 crew on board was taken in tow to Swansea Marina.
Lifeboat Operations manager at The Mumbles Tim Conway said ‘The skipper of the casualty vessel was incredibly experienced and knew exactly what to do which saved the boat from serious damage and the crew from harm. He dropped his anchor at the first sign of trouble and had all safety equipment required including a VHF radio to call for help and a good quality life jacket. For further information on sea safety visit www.rnli.org.uk
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.