Another call for The Mumbles lifeboat to paddle boarders in trouble
Strong wind and tide can catch out the most experienced of boarders
At 3.20 pm UK Coastguard at Milford Haven called for the assistance of the volunteer crew of The Mumbles Inshore lifeboat The Mark Lott.
2 paddle boarders were finding the battle against a strong wing and outgoing tide was too much. They were rescued by the lifeboat and taken back to the safety of Caswell Bay.
Lifeboat helm Dai Thomas said ‘We’ve had more and more calls to people getting caught out while paddle boarding this Summer. It’s very easy to under estimate just how difficult it is to battle just a small amount of wind but when combined with the strong tide we get around this coast it can be all but impossible to get back to shore for the most experienced of boarders’.
Detail of sea safety on kayaks and paddle boards is at www.RNLI.org.uk. The essential things to carry are a buoyancy aid and a means of calling for help like a Waterproof phone or better a marine VHF radio.
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.