Couple rescued as boat loses power

A HUSBAND and wife team of sailors were rescued by Swansea Coastguard crews after their boat lost power in Swansea Bay.

The couple, who are believed to be from Gloucester, are members of Cardiff Yacht Club and had been in Swansea for 10 days.

They were returning home on Friday night but decided to turn back after reaching Porthcawl and getting caught in heavy rain.

They then lost drive power to their 27ft Rinker Bela Rosa and issued a Mayday distress call at 6.50pm.

Swansea Coastguard watch officer and search and rescue mission co-ordinator Bernie Kemble said: “There was heavy rain and they were drifting close to the breakwater.

“We immediately dispatched the Mumbles all- weather lifeboat and Mumbles Coastguard rescue team.

“The vessel put its anchor down but it had problems with the anchor.

“The lifeboat towed them in towards the pontoon.

“At the same time our colleagues were dealing with an incident in North Devon with people jumping off a bridge into the River Torridge.”

Mr Kemble added: “That shows our versatility and the area that we cover here in Swansea.”

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