Mumbles volunteer crew get called during storm Gareth

Lifeboats News Release

Broken down RIB sees crew in choppy water

Crew recover RIB

RNLI/Josh Stewart

RIB on Knab Rock Slipway

Just before midday today the volunteers of the Mumbles inshore lifeboat were called to the aid of a rib which had broken down in Swansea Bay.

The inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott was launched to take the vessel in tow with 2 people on board back to Knab Rock at The Mumbles.

Lifeboat Helm Josh Stewart said ‘ The boat had suffered engine failure while luckily not too far from shore. They were testing their engine’.

Tim Conway Lifeboat Operations manager at The Mumbles said ‘There haven’t been many shouts so far this year but when we have unfortunately it’s quite often coincided with very strong wind. While this vessel was in the Lee of the land it was still quite choppy with the coast taking the full brunt of storm Gareth. We would always advise anyone going to sea to ensure wind and tide are in their favour’.

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