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Old meets new at Barmouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Meirionnydd Branch of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club hold a vintage tractor run each year to raise money for local charities, and this year Barmouth RNLI were the fortunate beneficiaries.

In August of 2016, the Club’s annual tractor run took them from Abergwynant to Cregennan, and over the top road towards Llwyngwril and Y Gaer where members of the club paused to enjoy perfect views of Cardigan Bay.  From this excellent vantage point they spotted the crew of Barmouth RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats out on an exercise.  It was then the decision was made to donate the proceeds of their run to the RNLI. 


On Saturday 22nd October 2016, two of their members, Hefin Ellis and Peredur Williams arrived at the boathouse, together with their vintage tractors, to present a cheque for £300 to Barmouth RNLI.  Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘We are most grateful to the Meirionnydd Vintage Tractor Club for their very kind donation and it was a pleasure to see these 60 year-old machines so lovingly looked after and still in perfect working order.’


Hefin and Peredur were given a tour of the Lifeboat Station and the lifeboats and there was much swapping of tractor-related stories, and comparisons made between agricultural tractors built in the 1950s and the RNLI ‘s Talus MBH, specifically designed to launch recover lifeboats weighing up to 15 tonnes from beaches in up to 2.4 metres of water.


Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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