The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat called to aid of swimmers at Langland
The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat crew were called to the aid of two swimmers thought to be in trouble off the coast of Gower on Saturday (10 June).
The call for lifeboat assistance was made by members of the public and RNLI lifeguards on Caswell Bay, who had momentarily lost sight of two men swimming from Caswell around to Langland in heavy swell conditions.
The volunteer lifeboat crew from The Mumbles RNLI launched the boat within eight minutes.
The swimmers had been monitored on their swim by the lifeguards on Caswell and Langland, but as they lost sight of them the request for lifeboat assistance was made as a precaution.
By the time the lifeboat arrived the two men had managed to get to shore. They needed no further assistance and the lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service by 6pm.
Rob Steele, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: 'The swimmers set off in high swell conditions. We would always advise swimmers to follow the advice of our lifeguards and swim between the red and yellow flagged areas.'
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