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Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 21st August, Birmingham City Mayor Carl Rice visited Barmouth to pay his respects to Birmingham soldiers of World War I and to the two young boys from Birmingham recently drowned at Barmouth.

High above Barmouth at a point overlooking Cardigan Bay, popularly known as ‘The Peak’, is plaque erected to remember ‘soldiers of Birmingham district who fell at the Somme on 1st July 2016’.  Not many know of this monument, but it is believed to have been placed there by the family of Stanley Ellison of Sutton Coldfield who died at the Somme.


During his visit the party laid wreaths at The Peak and at the War Memorial Cenotaph in Park Road and later visited the Lifeboat Station to thank the RNLI volunteers involved in the search for Waseem Al-Muflehi and Yahya Mohammed, the two Birmingham teenagers who tragically drowned on the afternoon of Sunday 7th August and to leave a wreath in their memory.


Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland