Barmouth RNLI lifeboats blessed at dedication service
A small congregation of visitors and local supporters joined the crew of Barmouth RNLI for their annual dedication service at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on the afternoon of Sunday 3 September 2017.
The all-weather lifeboat Moira Barrie was towed into the doorway of the boathouse and provided a fitting backdrop to the service, which took place inside the boathouse due to the weather.
Conducted by Canon Beth Bailey and Reverend Miriam Beecroft, the annual service of readings, prayers and hymns, saw the RNLI lifeboats blessed and re-dedicated for the next 12 months. Canon Bailey also reminded those present of the importance of not only the lifeboats and the volunteer crew but also how important the support of both local supporters and visitors are to the RNLI within a community such as Barmouth.
She also made mention of the upcoming changes to Barmouth RNLI with the arrival of a new inshore lifeboat which is due on station in the next few weeks, and the arrival of a Shannon Class lifeboat within the next few years, which will replace the current all-weather lifeboat Moira Barrie.
The service concluded once again with a prayer for the safety of those rescued and for the volunteer crews who risk their lives to save others at sea.
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.