Mumbles lifeboat launched to investigate drifting boat
‘There were no lights of any kind visible to passing shipping’.
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a 25ft motorboat in Pwlldu Bay. A concerned member of the public spotted a boat thought to be drifting with no lights visible. The All weather lifeboat launched at 1140 PM and was on scene with the boat 1155PM. The vessel was found to be safe and at anchor with no anchor light showing. The lifeboat returned to station following a brief conversation with the skipper who had forgotten to set his anchor light. Deputy Second coxswain James Bolter said ‘ We’re very grateful to the person that reported this as it could have resulted in a dangerous collision at sea. We were also mindful that this could have been a vessel adrift after losing its crew’.
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.