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Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Tasked To Broken Down Vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat was called at 12.05pm on Monday 28th May after reports of a broken down vessel.

The lifeboat sets off on its way to recover the broken down vessel

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Lifeboat On Its Way

The 17 foot vessel, with two people on board, had broken down around three miles South West of the station, opposite the Tata steelworks. The lifeboat was soon on scene in the area but due to misty conditions a short search was carried out and the vessel located. There was a problem with the vessels battery and they had lost all power. The lifeboat established a tow and the vessel was towed back to its moorings in the River Afan. The lifeboat then returned to station at 2 pm.

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