The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were back on the water today

Lifeboats News Release

‘Warm weather, flat sea but there’s always danger’

The picture features the crew on the aft deck getting the tow rope ready to take the yacht back to Swansea

RNLI/D Herbert Evans

Yacht being taken in tow

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were tasked with assisting a yacht which had suffered engine failure 6 miles South of Mumbles head.

At 1615 UK Coastguard at Milford Haven hailed a call for the volunteers to leave their day jobs and set to sea in the All weather Lifeboat Roy Barker IV. The boat launched within 15 minutes and by 4.45 pm had taken the yacht with 2 people on board in tow back to Swansea Marina.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Tim Conway said ‘This has been one of the busiest weeks we’ve had in a while here in The Mumbles. The good weather has meant that many people are taking to the water. The message we want to emphasise is if you’re going to sea, ensure you have a life jacket, wear it and ensure you have a way of calling for help. All of these points make our volunteers work easier and we’re very grateful for their commitment to us as the charity that saves lives at sea’.

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