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Raft wreckage from fun race washes up on Gower beaches.

DEBRIS has been washing up and littering beaches in Gower.

It appears to be the wreckage of rafts used in the Mumbles Raft Race last Sunday.

The floats, barrels and netting are all that remains of five rafts that had to be abandoned due to bad weather during the 32nd Mumbles' Lifeboat Crew Fun Raft Race. The event is run every year to raise funds for the RNLI but this year it seems that bad weather led to some of the vessels getting into trouble. The occupants had to be rescued and it is the remains of these rafts that is now washing up.

Scuba diver Lee Garbett, 46, from Porthcawl, claims that the wreckage is a danger and could end up hurting someone.

He said three rafts have washed up and are littering beaches in Gower including Caswell and Langland.

He added: "They hold the raft race every year to help raise money and it gets bigger and bigger.

"On Sunday there were adverse conditions and five of the rafts were abandoned. They are big rafts and hold between 10 and 12 people.

"The other two are floating in the channel in the shipping lanes. They are dangerous are very big. If they hit a ship it could take them down or would injure someone."

A spokeswoman for the RNLI said that they were actively removing the debris.

She said: "We have been made aware that a long running raft event did not go as well this year. The RNLI is committed to and has been already been removing debris which has been washed up ashore"

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Date:Aug 25, 2017
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