Mumbles Lifeboat volunteers day at sea
‘The hot start to the school holidays brings a very busy day’
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to assist Horton Lifeboat at 1038 to a 26ft Yacht with 2 adults and 2 children onboard that had suffered engine problems at Oxwich. The All Weather Lifeboat arrived on scene at approx 1115 and a crew member was transferred onto the yacht and a tow established, taking the yacht to Swansea Marina.
At 1125 the Mumbles inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott was paged to a report of someone cut off on the middle island at Mumbles.
At 1257 there was a report of a jet ski in trouble with 1 person in the water, just east of Mumbles pier. Once it was confirmed by the Mumbles inshore lifeboat that the 2 people with the jet ski were both ok the All Weather Lifeboat towed the yacht to near the pontoon outside the Lock Gates at Swansea,
Just after 1405 the All Weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV was tasked to assist with the search for 2 children missing in Aberavon.
Lifeboat helm Josh Stuart said ‘ We urge anyone who thinks they may spot someone in trouble to call 999 and ask for the coastguard, we’re also concerned about missing children. Adults can easily find themselves in holiday mode. It’s essential to keep your eyes on the little ones at all times. Fortunately the children we were searching for were found safe and well shoreside.
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.