Mumbles lifeboat launches to ship taking on water
Vessel has to run 9 pumps to stop sinking
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a cargo ship which was taking on water last night. Just after 8.30 pm the lifeboat was launched.
The 86 m vessel started taking on water after entering the channel in the river Neath.
The captain engaged emergency procedures and managed to get all bilge pumps running to stem the ingress of water.
The Mumbles All Weather lifeboat stood by to provide safety cover while the ship was surveyed to determine the extent of the damage and what to do next. The ships cargo was thousands of tons of anthracite coal along with the 20 thousand litres of fuel oil. Following a thorough survey the vessel was escorted back to Swansea docks.
Mumbles lifeboat returned to station at 6am
Martin Double coxswain of the Mumbles Lifeboat said ‘ While the conditions were benign the forecast was for strong Westerly winds. The ship was listing and if there had been any sea swell it would have meant us taking the 7 crew to safety’.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.