Busy day for Barmouth RNLI
Barmouth’s beaches were packed with holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine on Friday 26th May 2017 and members of UK Coastguard, the local Harbour Master and RNLI volunteers were on alert keeping a watchful eye on the many people using the water in the hot weather.
When the UK Coastguard paged them at 10.47am the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) crew quickly launched to go to the aid of two persons in a rubber dinghy being blown offshore by the easterly wind.
They reached the scene, about a third of a mile out, at 10.54 am to find the occupants trying to row back, but without success. They were brought back to the shore and the dangers of using a small inflatable boat in an offshore wind were explained to them.
Later at 01.33 pm the volunteer crew launched the ILB once more to another rubber dinghy, again with two people on board, this time about 150 metres offshore. Both persons were brought back to the shore and handed to the care of the Harbour Master.
The ILB returned to station and was ready for service again at 2.05 pm.
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.