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.


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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, in a normal year, 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.

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