Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat launches to dinghy being swept offshore
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 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.
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.