Yacht rescue and beach search for All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat had 2 calls today
The first call was just before 3pm to a yacht 4 miles South of Worms Head. The yacht with 2 people on board was suffering from engine failure. The Mumbles All weather lifeboat arrived on scene within 50 minutes. The boat was then towed to Swansea Marina. The All weather lifeboat Roy Barker 4 then returned to station and was ready for service by 7pm.
At 7pm the inshore lifeboat was diverted from returning following assisting the yacht in close quarters at the marina to respond to a 999 call from a member of the public. The UK Coastguard at Milford Haven received the report of someone calling for help on Swansea beach.
Following a search of the beach by the lifeboat and Coastguard teams from Mumbles no casualty was found. The incident is thought to be a false alarm with good intent. The inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott returned to station and was ready for service by 8.15pm
Lifeboat Helm Ben Williams said ‘ We’re always grateful to the public for raising the alarm when they suspect someone is in trouble. We thoroughly searched the area but found no one in trouble thankfully. If you do ever suspect anyone to be in difficulty then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.
Lifeboat Operations Manager at The Mumbles Tim Conway said ‘We’re always immensely grateful to our volunteer crew who drop everything at a moments notice to get out on the water and assist in searches like this.’
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