Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat assists motor cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked a 1.20pm on Saturday 5 January to a broken down fishing boat.

The lifeboat gets under way in a choppy sea.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat Setting Off

After launching into quite a choppy sea, the lifeboat was soon on scene just off the mouth of the River Afan.

The 19 foot vessel, with three people on board, had been fishing across the bay near Swansea and was on its way back to Port Talbot for recovery when it encountered engine failure.

Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat was soon on scene and found the vessel at anchor just off the river mouth. A tow was established and the vessel towed back to the local boat club where the owners were met by the local coastguard.

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