Barmouth lifeboats blessed at Dedication Service
The annual re-dedication service for Barmouth RNLI lifeboats, conducted by the Reverend Canon Bethan Bailey, was held on Sunday afternoon, 28th August.
The Reverend Bailey welcomed everyone to the service and invited the congregation to join in a minute’s silence of reflective prayer and thought for the two young lives lost in Barmouth on August 7th. A service of hymns, prayers and readings followed and Rev Bailey reminded those gathered of the very important role the lifeboats serve in our seaside community. The service concluded with a prayer for the families of those bereaved, for the safety of all those rescued and for the crews who risk their lives to save others.
As the service ended, the pagers rang and the D Class Inshore Lifeboat the Clive Tanner was called out to a 14 year-old female swimmer in difficulties off Benar Beach. The volunteer crew immediately launched at 3.42 pm but were stood down at 3.59 pm when it was reported that the swimmer had been brought ashore and was safe and well.
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.