Two Lifeboats Launched To Assist Broken Down Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboats were launched at 2.35am on Wednesday 22 January to assist a 25 foot broken down vessel with three people on board.

The lifeboat is pictured about to head out to sea on a training exercise

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Port Talbot ILB Launching
The 25 foot vessel with three men on board had been out on a fishing trip when they had engine failure,and had dropped anchor in the main shipping channel into Swansea.

Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat took the vessel in tow and proceeded to head for Port Talbot. They were met just off the River Afan by the Port Talbot inshore lifeboat and the tow was transferred so that the inshore lifeboat could tow the vessel up the river to the local boat club slipway for recovery. Once this was done both lifeboats returned to station.

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