Five notable rescues this year

Friday, June 28: A YACHTSMAN was rescued by lifeboat crews in waters near Swansea after a hole was torn in the hull of his boat.

Lifeboat crews from Porthcawl, Mumbles and Port Talbot teamed up with a helicopter crew from RAF Chivenor for the rescue which happened around 5.30pm off Kenfig Beach.

  1. prepared   The Inshore Lifeboat joins the RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat during a training exercise in Swansea Bay.

    prepared The Inshore Lifeboat joins the RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat during a training exercise in Swansea Bay.

The yacht was boarded by the helicopter crew with a salvage pump but caught fire when water levels reached the battery compartment.

The skipper of the yacht and Porthcawl lifeboat crew abandoned the vessel.

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Sunday, July 21: TWO men who went sailing without any safety equipment were pulled from the water off Penclawdd after their boat capsized and they were left clinging to the bow.

Crew members of the Loughor Inshore Lifeboat, who were just setting down to a summer barbecue with family and friends when they received the emergency call out, say the two Swansea men were lucky to be reached in time — and would have been swept away had they remained there much longer. Neither of them were wearing life jackets

Wednesday, August 21: RNLI lifeguards came to the rescue of a nine-year-old boy at a Gower beach.

The youngster was out with his family at Port Eynon when he suffered a seizure.

Lifeguards were alerted to the incident when his brother ran over to the lifeguard unit looking for help.

The lifeguard gave him oxygen until an ambulance arrived.

The boy was taken to Morriston Hospital for further treatment.

Thursday, August 22: Swansea Coastguard received a call from a walker at Three Cliffs Bay who had spotted a man and woman trying to scramble up the cliffs, close to the sand dunes.

Horton Lifeboat was launched and the couple were rescued.

James Bolter, second coxswain of the Mumbles boat, said: “There was some very skilful work on behalf of the crew of Horton who managed to collect the couple and return them safely to shore before they were given a lift to their campsite on Gower.

Wednesday, September 4: The volunteer crew at Burry Port lifeboat station launched to assist two casualties in difficulty when the boat they were on upturned in the Burry Estuary.

A 999 call had been made to MRCC Swansea by a member of the public who was fishing at the time that the vessel had sunk mid-channel North East of Whitford Point.

The volunteer crew performed exceptionally in the dark conditions, not even being phased when encountering a short loss of GPS on the lifeboat.

Once safely aboard the lifeboat, the two local men were assessed before being taken ashore.

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