South West Wales

Two yachtswomen rescued in lightning storm off Swansea

A lifeboat crew rescued two women on a 27ft (8m) yacht after they got into difficulties in a storm off Swansea.

The pair alerted Swansea Coastguard at 2300 BST on Friday after becoming "disorientated" in the "heavy squalls" and darkness off Scarweather sands.

Mumbles RNLI lifeboat launched in "zero visibility" before rescuing the pair 30 minutes later in a "heavy sea with fork lightning".

The women were returned to Swansea by the lifeboat crew at about 0230 BST.

It is understood they had left Swansea earlier in the day and had planned to sail to Cardiff.

Senior volunteer crew member Glyn Allen, who took part in the rescue, said: "The yacht's crew were disorientated in the dark and couldn't make out where they needed to head to get to safety.

"They were exhausted after what must have been quite a traumatic experience."

Second Coxswain of Mumbles lifeboat, Richard Webborn said: "I have no doubt that when the yacht left Swansea it was a beautiful blue-skied spring day but this is a reminder that everyone who takes to the water should be prepared for all eventualities."

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