Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Tasked To Broken Down Vessel.
The lifeboat was tasked to assist a fifteen foot vessel, with two people on board, which had broken down just inside the deep water harbour.
It was a tricky launch with a very rough incoming tide, six foot swells and a strong onshore wind . The lifeboat was soon on scene and the decision was made that due to sea conditions and for the occupants safety, it would be safer to transport them back to the River Afan in the lifeboat. This was done successfully and the lifeboat then returned to the harbour to take the casualty vessel in tow with one lifeboat crew member on board. Once back in the river the men were handed over to the local coastguard and the boat was recovered.
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.