Barmouth RNLI volunteers brave the icy seas
The sudden drop in temperature on January 1st was not enough to deter the hardy volunteers of Barmouth RNLI from taking their annual dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay once again on New Year’s Day.
Hundreds gathered at the boathouse on Barmouth promenade to watch friends and visitors from far and wide take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI.
At 11 am, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, young and old raced down the beach and threw themselves into the icy waters, some in fancy dress, and some in very little at all! They all brought a welcome splash of colour and fun to the first day of January 2017 on Barmouth beach.
Hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast were served in the Lifeboat station, and the canons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.
A raffle was held by Et Cetera, the gift and homeware shop of Barmouth, who very generously offered the centre piece of their award winning Christmas window display. The raffle for the beautiful rocking horse raised over £350.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘All our RNLI volunteers and fundraisers are extremely grateful to locals and visitors who supported the dip. Not only for their bravery today, but for their continuing generosity to Barmouth RNLI, and we would like to thank everyone for their support to the charity that saves lives at sea. We have raised over £1,000 today and there is still more sponsorship money to be collected. The proceeds will be put towards the Craig Steadman appeal to raise funds for the next D class Inshore lifeboat for Barmouth.’
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.