The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat called out to fishing boat
Just after 5.30pm today (15 June) the volunteer crew of the Mumbles all-weather lifeboat were called to the aid of a fishing vessel with engine failure.
Within 15 minutes, the crew were launching the Mumbles lifeboat Roy Barker IV. The fishing boat with two crew on board was located just off Mumbles head and was safely taken in tow to its home port of Swansea Marina.
By 7pm, the Mumbles RNLI lifeboat was safely back in its boat house and ready for launch.
Coxswain Martin Double said:
'The crew of the fishing boat did exactly the right thing. With a strong outgoing tide they called for help as soon as possible. We're approaching the busiest time of the year for the RNLI and we would advise anyone going near the water this summer to take a few precautions. There's lots of water safety to be found on the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk.'
For further information call Andy Miles, The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 01792 361268
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland