Heatwave keeps Barmouth RNLI busy at sea and on shore
With the beaches packed with holidaymakers, Barmouth RNLI crew volunteers were on alert at the lifeboathouse, prepared for a busy few days.
At 12.11 pm on Sunday 18 June they were tasked by UK Coastguard to go to the aid of a large RIB drifting in Muddy Hollow, north of Sarn Badrig, approximately 12 miles away.
The all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Moira Barrie launched at 12.20 pm and was with the casualty at 13.24. The two men on board had been fishing when the vessel suffered engine failure and they were unable to return to shore. A tow rope was attached to the boat and they were towed in to Caerddaniel caravan site off Llanaber. The men were taken ashore by Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat volunteers who also attended.
On their return, as the ALB approached the shore at Barmouth, they received a call from the Harbour Master asking them to delay recovery because an eight year-old boy was missing in the area. A shoreline search of the very crowded beach was started and, fortunately, the boy was soon located by the waiting shore crew and taken to his parents by the Harbour Master.
Later in the afternoon, after the ALB returned to the boathouse, the second coxswain received a call from an anxious mother that her eight-year-old was missing on the beach in front of the boathouse. The father also arrived and gave an accurate description of the youngster. With the aid of powerful RNLI binoculars, the eight-year-old, in distinctive red shorts, was spotted by the coxswain and was soon reunited with his grateful parents.
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.