Multi vessel rescues for Mumbles and Ilfracombe Lifeboats
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles and Ilfracombe Lifeboats were called to help 3 boats on the Gower Coast
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of 3 separate vessels in one hour tonight.
The first call was to a sailing boat with engine failure who’s crew were suffering from seasickness. The Mumbles All weather lifeboat arrived in Oxwich bay and placed 2 of their crew onboard to assist with the boat after taking one of their crew off as they were suffering from sea sickness. Meanwhile another call was received for another vessel with steering trouble nearby. The Mumbles lifeboat took the vessel in tow from its position 1 mile West off Port Eynon head. Meanwhile Ilfracombe all weather lifeboat was called on by UK Coastguard at Milford Haven to assist by taking one of the yachts to Swansea Marina. The boat was taken to the safety of a mooring just after 9.30pm.
Mumbles all weather lifeboat returned to Three Cliffs Bay to take the yacht in tow to Swansea Marina. All lifeboats we’re safely back in station by 11pm.
Tim Conway Lifeboat Operations Manager at The Mumbles said ‘It’s particularly unusual to have so many calls in such a short time which is why we’re in need of assistance from our flank station in North Devon. We would urge anyone taking to the sea this summer to ensure they have all the safety equipment they need. The skippers of the casualty vessels all had the right kit for the job including life jackets, vhf radio and flares. With the great weather forecast for the next few days it looks like many lifeboat stations across the UK are going to be particularly busy.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.