Vessel drifting across Swansea bay and person in the water
Both Mumbles lifeboats were tasked during strong winds and heavy seas today. Firstly to a 32ft catamaran which was drifting out into the bay. Just before 2pm the inshore lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard at Milford Haven to assist. Meanwhile the All Weather Lifeboat was called to the aid of a person in difficulty in the water at Aberavon. Fortunately the person was helped back to shore by some surfers in the area.
Lifeboat operations manager at The Mumbles said ‘The stormy weather is making conditions very difficult across the weekend. We urge everyone that if they must storm watch that it should be from a safe position.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.