Barmouth RNLI launch to motor cruiser
At a request from UK Coastguard, Barmouth RNLI were paged at 5.55pm on Sunday 7 May 2017 to go to the aid of a Motor Cruiser with three people on board which had broken down off Barmouth.
It was a fine, sunny afternoon with moderate sea conditions and a north-westerly force 3 wind. The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was launched at 6pm and located the 26ft cruiser off Barmouth Outer Buoy, but was unable initially to establish communication with the vessel. At this point, Rebecca Jayne, a fishing vessel from Shell Island who were near the broken down cruiser, offered to help pass on any communications.
When Barmouth ALB arrived at the scene, Equinox had been taken in tow by a 7 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB), the Flash Tango, so the ALB continued to escort both vessels into Barmouth harbour. After the motor cruiser had been put on her mooring, Flash Tango, with two adults and two children aboard, then also broke down. The volunteer crew of the ALB then attached a rope to the RIB and she was towed to the pontoon alongside the harbour wall. All occupants of both boats were wearing life jackets.
The ALB then left the harbour at 6.30pm and was re-fuelled and ready for service by 7.45pm.
For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth 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 Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
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.