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Barmouth RNLI lifeboat launches twice for missing youngsters

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI's inshore Lifeboat launched at 11.58am yesterday (30 May) in response to a report received from HM Coastguard that a child was mssing.

The child, a four year-old boy, had been playing in a pool on Ynys y Brawd when the parents looked up to find he was nowhere to be seen.  The parents had searched for the boy for over 30 minutes before alerting the Coastguard.

The inshore lifeboat launched and the volunteer crew were on the scene at 12.02pm and began a search of the busy beach and coastline. 

Almost immediately, HM Coastguard reported that the child had been found some distance away on the main beach by the water’s edge and was soon reunited with his anxious parents.  The volunteer crew returned to station by 12.20pm.

Later that evening, at 6.08pm the inshore lifeboat was launched again to a report of two young females missing off Ynys y Brawd. The girls had gone down towards the perch where one had slipped, banging her head on the stony beach.  Both were out of sight of their parents, who alerted HM Coastguard.

The girls were soon located and brought to the lifeboat house, where they were checked over and reunited with their parents.

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For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07917 245882 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on 

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