A visit to the new Mumbles lifeboat station and the new Mumbles Lifeboat.
A small group of NCI watchkeepers were privileged to accept an invitation to visit the new Mumbles lifeboat station and the new Mumbles Lifeboat. The latter, a £2.7m Tamar class boat, replaces the smaller slower Tyne class boat. The new lifeboat is named after the late Frederick Roy Barker, who left £6.5m to fund lifeboats. The watchkeepers were able to go on board to view the impressive range of computer technology and instrumentation that makes the lifeboat one of the most modern rescue boats afloat. The watchkeepers also toured the impressive new lifeboat station, a facility that will be open for public viewing as soon as the refurbishment of the pier is complete. The visit ended with a spectacular launch of the lifeboat.
During the visit the watchkeepers were told that the new lifeboat had not yet been called out ‘in anger’ from Mumbles. It didn’t take long however. Just a little later, on the day of the visit, Mumbles Lifeboat received a call to aid a windsurfer who was being carried out to sea by wind and tide. The windsurfer and his equipment were recovered using the inshore dinghy which is located in the back of the new all weather lifeboat.