South West Wales

Swansea Bay fishing boat rescued in thick fog

Coastguards have warned fishermen of the dangers of thick coastal fog after a second rescue on the south Wales coast in three days.

Swansea Coastguard said it was called to help a fishing boat lost in fog in Swansea Bay on Monday.

On Saturday lifeboats rescued two shoreline anglers lost near Monknash Beach in the Vale of Glamorgan.

"Spring fog is a well known phenomenon," said coastguard watch manager Steven Matthews.

Swansea Coastguard said the 22-foot boat was on its way home from a fishing trip when the fog thickened and its crew became disorientated.

The crew contacted the emergency services to report that the GPS on board was not working, the tide was going out and they had dropped anchor to wait for the fog to lift, said coastguards.

After an hour-and-a-half of searching, Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat found the vessel and brought it safely back to Swansea Marina.

"These conditions are forecast to be around for the next couple of days and so this incident is a timely reminder for all mariners that navigating by what you can see is a very risky strategy," said Mr Matthews.

He added that all inshore boats should be fitted with radio equipment which can send a distress alert and an accurate GPS position of the vessel to the coastguard with one touch of a button.

"You should also carry flares," said Mr Matthews.

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