4th call for Mumbles lifeboats in 3 days
‘Thankfully the skipper called for help as soon as possible’
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles all weather lifeboat were called to the aid of an 18ft fishing boat today.
Just before 2pm the crew were called by UK Coastguard at Milford Haven to assist with an 18ft fishing boat which had become caught in its own anchor rope. The vessel with 3 people on board was eventually freed after crew were placed on board and the boat was taken in tow back to Swansea marina.
Volunteer crewman Will Kaye said They anchor rope had got caught around the prop, we had to take the tension off the rope by towing the boat against the tide in order to free up some rope as it was submerged. Thankfully the skipper did exactly the right thing to call for help as quickly as possible as this would have been much more difficult once the tide had turned. Thankfully he had all the appropriate safety equipment including life jackets and a VHF radio to call for help. ‘
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.