Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat deal with three call-outs in the space of six days

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy few days for the volunteer crew at Port Talbot with a number of call-outs .

The tractor making its way down to the water

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Launching The Lifeboat

The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat firstly dealt with a missing teenager on the 16 April, together with the police and local coastguard. He was found safe and well. The second call-out was on 19th April, again to search for a missing 10 year old boy, he was also found safe and well.

Thirdly, the lifeboat was called to assist in the recovery of a 17 foot vessel, with three people on board which had broken down close to Horton on the Gower coast. Horton RNLI lifeboat was also tasked to start to tow the vessel back towards Port Talbot, but due to tidal conditions this was not possible.

The Mumbles RNLI were therefore called to bring the vessel back towards Port Talbot and rendezvous with Port Talbot ILB out in the bay where the tow could be transferred. The Port Talbot ILB took over the tow and proceeded to tow the vessel towards the River Afan. Due to very low water the vessel had to be tied up to the pier head to await the incoming tide. All lifeboats were then back on station.

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