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Barmouth and Aberdovey RNLI lifeboats in search for missing teenage swimmers

Lifeboats Statement

Three RNLI lifeboats were involved in a multi-agency search for two missing teenagers last seen swimming in the sea at Barmouth beach this afternoon (Sunday 7 August).

The boys had been swimming off the beach when they got into difficulty and were unable to return to shore.
Barmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 1.40pm and the station’s all-weather lifeboat was launched 10 minutes later.

Both lifeboats and their volunteer crews, along with three Coastguard Rescue Teams and a Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter, searched the area.

Aberdovey RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also requested to join the search at 3.20pm and searched an area on the south side of the Barmouth estuary.

Welsh ambulance service Helimed and North Wales Police also attended. 

Shortly before 6.30pm HM Coastguard suspended the sea search and the RNLI lifeboats returned to their respective stations. They will be made ready to re-launch as and when requested by HM Coastguard.

This morning (Monday 8 August) at 9am HM Coastguard requested Barmouth RNLI's inshore lifeboat to re-launch and begin searching an area to the west of Barmouth Harbour at the bridge and in the main channel. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Barmouth, Aberdyfi, Criccieth and Harlech have been on scene conducting shorelines searches since 6am.

At 10:15am the lifeboat was stood down from the search by Holyhead Coastguard and have now returned to station. 

The Harbour Master from Barmouth and the North Wales Police are also on scene involved in the search operation.

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For more information please call Chris Cousens, RNLI Duty Press Officer, on 01202 336789 or email

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