Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Called To Assist Broken Down Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was tasked at 11.45 am Thursday 11th July after a vessel had reported engine problems off Aberavon beach.

Launching into a incoming tide

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat Setting Off
The vessel concerned had just started out on a fishing trip, with two people on board, when the engine stopped just off the mouth of the River Afan. Attempts to restart the engine failed so the call was made to the coastguard for assistance.

The lifeboat launched and was soon on scene and a tow was established. The vessel was then towed to the river slipway for recovery. Once all was well the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

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