Two Barmouth lifeboats launched to yacht caught in Barmouth bridge.
Barmouth ILB was launched at 7.15 pm on Wednesday 3rd August in response to a report from HM Coastguard of a yacht caught in Barmouth bridge.
boat was unoccupied and there were no lives in danger, its position posed a danger
to shipping and, in the heavy seas, there was a danger of damage being done to
the bridge supports.
High water for the 4.9 metre spring tide was due at 9.41pm and both boats stood by the vessel waiting for slack water and an opportunity to approach the vessel safely.
When the opportune moment arrived, the ILB put a man aboard the stricken vessel. In the heaving seas, crew member Russ Courtney managed to climb aboard the yacht and cut the mooring cables. He was then recovered to the ILB.
When the tide turned, Russ again bravely boarded the boat and with extreme skill and caution, the ALB coxswain manoeuvred the lifeboat and passed a towline. Crew member Russ Courtney was able, with considerable expertise in the rough seas, to attach the towline.
The vessel was pulled off and made safe in the harbour by 10.45 pm. Both boats returned to the station at 11.30 pm and were ready for service again by 12.15 am.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.