View as PDF

Barmouth RNLI lifeboat launches to small cabin cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

In response to a request from UK Coastguard, Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on Friday (31 March) to the aid of a small cabin cruiser reported to be drifting unattended in the main channel.

Visibility was clear with a moderate sea and southerly force 3 wind blowing. From the UK Coastguard report, it was not clear if anyone was aboard the boat.

The RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 3.03pm, they launched the lifeboat at 3.07pm and were on the scene at 3.13pm.

It was quickly established that there was no-one on board the vessel and after a thorough search of the area a line was attached to the boat and it was towed to a mooring near Penrhyn Point. The owners of the boat were on the shore and informed the volunteer crew that the boat must have slipped its moorings.

The lifeboat and its volunteer crew returned to the station at 3.50pm and was ready for service by 4.00pm.

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth RNLI 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

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland