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Mumbles lifeboat rescues trapped fisherman at Mumbles Pier

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Crew member spots red flares set off

Inshore lifeboat approaches trapped fishing boat

RNLI/Ben Billingham

Mumbles lifeboat rescues fishing boat

The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a fisherman trapped in his boat under the Mumbles Pier.

‘One of the crew watched the boat launch earlier in the evening and became concerned when he launched in the dark but had no lights on as he left the slipway at Knab Rock.’ Said Tim Conway, Lifeboat operations manager at The Mumbles. ‘The boat suffered engine failure and with a strong Spring tide was quickly swept on to one of the stantions under the pier. He was lucky enough to get a rope onto the pier and set off a couple of flares to call for help. One of our crew spotted the flare and called 999 to alert the coastguard before making for the inshore lifeboat station ready for launch. The boat was on the scene in 5 minutes and the vessel with the fisherman taken in tow back to Knab Rock.

He was lucky to have managed to have caught the pier as the sea off the islands was far too rough for a 14ft fishing boat. We would always advise anyone going to sea to check their boat, the engine and ensure they have a means of communication. A mobile phone, ideally a vhf radio. We would always advise anyone to ensure they have lights when setting out at night.’

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A series of red flares were fired under the pier

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