Port Talbot lifeboat was called out at 6.20pm on Sunday 25 July for the third time in six days after a 19ft cabin cruiser with three men on board contacted the coastguard as they were unable to start their engine.
They were anchored whilst fishing and, due to the boat drifting, they had got their anchor rope twisted around the propellor.
Sea conditons were quite choppy with strong gusts of wind.
The boat was situated about 600 yards off shore.
When the lifeboat arrived, crewmember Leon Murphy jumped into the water, securing a buoy to the anchor line before cutting it away from the prop.
Once this was done the cruiser’s engine was restarted, the anchor recovered and the lifeboat then escorted it back to its berth in the Monkstone Marina in the River Neath.
Once berthed safely the lifeboat returned to station.
Other crew members on board were Luke Wood and Aaron Morris.