The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboats were called to assist a power boat in trouble in the Bristol channel.
At 5pm at the request of UK Coastguard at Milford Haven the All weather lifeboat
The Roy Barker IV launched to the vessel. It was located off Mumbles head. The casualty vessel with four people onboard was taken to Swansea Marina.
Mumbles inshore lifeboat was also launched to assist the four crew of the 43ft motor vessel with manoeuvring in the Marina lock. While the All weather lifeboat returned to station the inshore lifeboat was directed to the cliff near Southgate on Gower. Reports were received of an inflatable boat floating near the cliff base. Upon arrival the inflatable discovered to be an abandoned toy inflatable ring. The crew recovered the item and returned to station.
Volunteer Lifeboat crew member Isobel Ace said ‘The skipper of the motor cruiser did the right thing to call for help as soon as possible. The weather turned quite choppy and some of the crew were becoming affected by heavy swell. We’re also grateful to the person who called in the abandoned inflatable. If you spot anyone in trouble or anything that suggests somebody could be in trouble then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.
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.