Mumbles volunteer crew called to the aid of sinking fishing boat
Vessel taking on water was running for home
The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat were called to the aid of a sinking fishing boat tonight.
Just after 9pm Milford Haven Coastguard took a call from a 40ft fishing boat which was rapidly taking on water in Swansea bay and proceeding quickly to shore.
Within 15 minutes the crew were on the scene and along with another fishing vessel escorted the boat back to Swansea Marina.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service by 10.30pm.
Coxswain of the Mumbles lifeboat Martin Double said ‘ The skipper of the fishing boat had all bilge pumps running and was holding his own against the ingress of water. He called for our assistance just incase the engine or pumps failed’.
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.