Port Talbot RNLI aids sailing vessel with engine problems

Lifeboats News Release

Port Talbot RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 7.33pm on Wednesday 16 August to assist a 23 foot sailing vessel which had encountered engine problems.

RNLI/Clive Morris

Michael being congratulated by Helm David Jones

Volunteer lifeboat crew laucnhed the inshore lifeboat Craig Morris and made best speed to the vessel which was positioned at the mouth of the river Neath. The weather was kind with clear skies and a light wind.

The vessel was easily located and the volunteer crew made contact with the person on board. Helm David Jones, assessed that the best course of action was to place a crew member aboard the yacht to receive the tow to Monkstone Marina.

The pager moment came for new volunteer Shore Crew Member, Michael Davies-Young, who assisted on his first service call since joining Port Talbot Lifeboat Station. Steve Summerfield, Deputy Launch Authority said: 'Michael is a great addition to the team, his training held him in good stead on this his first shout.’

With a few more weeks left of summer it is important that anyone visiting the coast carries a means of raising an alarm to call for help should they get into difficulty.

Around 140 people die by accident in UK and Irish waters each year. We are asking the public to help save more lives by sharing some simple lifesaving safety advice:

  • If you see something unusual or someone in trouble at the coast call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
  • If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, remember to Float to Live.

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Launching with a view

RNLI/Carl Matthews

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