RNLI and HM Coastguard boat crews rescue occupants from a burning yacht off the Welsh coast

Photo: HM Coastguard

Staff from HM Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Mumbles, South Wales responded to an incident involving a pleasure craft which caught fire on Saturday August 13.

Rescue teams from Mumbles Coastguard and RNLI were dispatched to Caswell Bay off Swansea’s Gower Peninsula at around 12.39pm local time on Saturday following a call for help.

The two occupants of the 11m yacht were quickly and safely evacuated by one of the two lifeboats before the two lifeboats cordoned off the water.

Coastguard and RNLI crews worked together to cordon off the shore as the yacht continued to burn and eventually ran aground at Brandy Cove. A perimeter was maintained while firefighters battled the blaze using portable equipment.

Due to oil contamination, the decision has been made to evacuate all bathers from the water until the impact of the pollution can be fully assessed.

The Coastguard initially asked the public to stay away from the wreckage as it poses a hazard until it is recovered.

On Sunday August 14, a local pollution control team declared Caswell Bay safe for swimming.