VE Day celebrations cause Mumbles lifeboat to launch

Lifeboats News Release

Firework thought to be red flare

RNLI/Andy Miles

Moon over Swansea Bay

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles All weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV were called to assist in the search for a possible vessel in distress following the sighting of a possible red flare sighted in Swansea Bay.

Following a call to UK Coastguard at Milford Haven the crew were called to assist Coastguard teams across the bay in the search. Just after 1025 pm the lifeboat launched and conducted an area search of Swansea Bay with nothing found. The flare was thought to have been a firework which may have been fired as part of the VE Day celebrations.

Second Coxswain of the lifeboat Nigel Garner said ‘We have reason to believe there may have been some fireworks fired from the beach but we’re grateful for the call. If anyone spots what they think may be a flare always a call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

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