Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat launches to dinghy being swept offshore

Lifeboats News Release

When Relief Mechanic Nigel Merridew saw a small dinghy with two people on board in difficulties off Barmouth promenade on Wednesday 5th October, he lost no time in alerting the crew.

The ‘D’ Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) The Clive Tanner launched at 2.18 pm.  Visibility was good, but the force 3 easterly wind was gusting to force 6 and the dinghy was being quickly swept out to sea.


The ILB crew were on scene within a few minutes where they found a small inflatable 2-man dinghy with a young man and woman in their twenties on board. The occupants were both wearing wetsuits and buoyancy aids but were unable, in the blustery offshore wind conditions, to return their small dinghy to the shore. Both very shaken by the experience and very glad to see the lifeboat, but neither required any medical assistance.

 They were towed ashore and given safety advice and the ILB returned to station and was ready for service by 2.50 pm.

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