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Mumbles lifeboats respond to yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Crew respond to yacht in trouble off Rhossili head

32 ft yacht being towed into the marina with the inshore lifeboat Mark Lott after being towed to the river by the All Weather Lifeboat

RNLI/Ben Billingham

Yacht being towed into Swansea Marina

HM Coastguard received a call from a concerned commercial skipper of a day trip boat after discovering a 32 ft yacht in difficulty off Worms Head.

The yacht with one person on board was found to be in extraordinary circumstances and the exhausted skipper requiring help. Just after 3 pm Mumbles all weather lifeboat was called to aid the skipper in towing the yacht back to Swansea Marina.

By 8pm the inshore lifeboat has been called to assist in manoeuvring the yacht into Swansea Marina.

Tim Conway - Lifeboat operations manager at the Mumbles said ‘ The yachts skipper had been at sea for 4 days and was running low on food, water and fuel. We’re immensely grateful to the forward thinking of the commercial skipper for taking the time to investigate.’

Crew on board Sea Serpent boarding yacht

RNLI/Ben Billingham

Yacht being boarded by crew

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