Barmouth RNLI Lifeboats launch to aid drifting yacht
At the request of UK Coastguard, Barmouth all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie and the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) were launched at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 23 August.
A 30ft sailing yacht the ‘Flying Keel’ with two persons on board, was on passage to Barmouth from the north when it suffered engine failure. The crew of the yacht were unable to sail to windward in the force 4 to 5 south-westerly wind and the vessel was in danger of running aground.
Both boats were at the scene by 8.35 pm, a towline was established to the stricken vessel and the boat was brought in to the safety of Barmouth Harbour.
The volunteer RNLI crew and both boats returned to station and were ready for service again by 10.45pm.
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.