Mumbles lifeboats get two call outs in 24 hours
Stormy weather leads to search for missing paddle boarders
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboats had two calls in the last 24 hours .
Just after midnight the inshore lifeboat was called to assist with a fishing boat which had broken its mooring at Mumbles and was in danger of drifting into the shipping channel. The vessel was taken in tow and moored safely on the slipway at Knab Rock.
At 2.50pm UK Coastguard at Milford Haven received a call to report that two paddle-boarders in Swansea bay had vanished from sight during a heavy squall. Both The Mumbles lifeboats were launched to assist Coastguard rescue teams from Mumbles in a shoreline search near Swansea’s West Pier.
The boarders were found safe and well on the beach having made their way to shore.
Second Coxswain Richie Webborn said ‘We’re immensely grateful to the person that called to inform of the dangerous situation the paddle boarders were in. If anyone sees someone in the water they suspect to be in trouble then please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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.