Stag party rescued by lifeboat off Mumbles Head

A 10-strong stag party have been rescued after one of their two high-speed boats suffered engine failure on a trip across the Bristol Channel.

The group, from the Midlands, were heading to Swansea from Devon when the problem occurred.

A lifeboat was scrambled at 1700 BST on Saturday and picked up two of the party who were suffering from mild exposure.

A Mumbles lifeboat spokesperson said the group continued the stag celebrations in Swansea.

The six-metre rib vessel - or rigid inflatable boat - was about eight miles (12.8km) off Mumbles Head when it ran into trouble on its journey from Ilfracombe.

The other vessel towed it for more than an hour but, with a spring tide and choppy sea, the group found it difficult to make progress.

The group's members were also concerned about getting to Swansea in the dark.

The broken-down vessel was later towed to Swansea by a fishing boat from the city, the Natasha Jane.

Coxswain for Mumbles lifeboat Martin Double said: "Luckily they were aware that water and alcohol don't mix, although I got the feeling the groom-to-be was going to have a stag night to remember."

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