Mumbles lifeboat launches to Yacht
Rescue of yachtsman in Storm Freya
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat launched to assist a yacht in trouble near Mumbles slipway.
The inshore lifeboat was just returning from a regular exercise when they were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to a yacht in difficulty at the slipway near Southend in Mumbles.
The 24 ft yacht with one person on board was taken in tow to a suitable mooring in the bay and it’s skipper returned to the safety of the shore.
Tim Conway, Lifeboat Operations Manager at the Mumbles said ‘Fortunately the crew were able to get on scene very quickly before any damage was done to the vessel or its skipper got into any serious trouble, with the onset of a storm such as Freya it could have been a very different outcome if it had been later’.
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.