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Yacht goes aground crossing Barmouth bar

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew were paged today at 12.54pm to a yacht stranded on Ynys y Brawd near the north perch. The 8 metre sailing vessel Jay Giny was hard aground when the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) arrived.

The skipper of the yacht was attempting a circuit of the UK and Barmouth was, unluckily for him, his thirteenth stop. The boat was equipped with all the charts and almanacs required for the trip and the yachtsman was wearing a life jacket, but misjudged the channel and tried to cross the Bar at low water. 


Although he was not in any imminent danger, the ILB crew took the gentleman ashore where the Harbour Master’s team were able to give him the necessary advice and information to enable him to continue his journey when there was enough water for him to do so safely. The ILB returned to the boathouse and was ready for service at 2.10pm


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