Yet another busy weekend for Barmouth RNLI
Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew members were tasked to launch on Saturday 4 August when a member of the public called HM Coastguard to report a dinghy with two persons on board in difficulties in the main channel.
In fine weather with good visibility, the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman at was launched at 2.04 pm and the volunteer crew were at the scene by 2.14 pm where they discovered an inflatable dinghy with two young girls aboard. The girls, aged about twelve or thirteen, had launched the dinghy into the main channel on the far side of Ynys y Brawd. In their struggle against the outgoing tide, they had lost both oars and were drifting towards Fairbourne.
A tow line was attached to the dinghy and the girls were escorted to the shore, where representatives of UK Coastguard gave safety advice to the children and their parents of the dangers of launching inflatable boats into the fast-moving waters of the channel on an ebb tide.
The following day, Sunday 5 August, a report was received of a vessel with two people on board struggling against the tide in the same channel. The volunteer crew were paged at 4.58 pm; launched the ILB at 5.04 and were on scene within minutes. The skipper of the boat declined any help and so the ILB stood by until the vessel was safely on its mooring.
The crew were about to return to station when a report of a boat struggling in the creek behind Penrhyn Point came in. On investigation, however, the two persons on board the dinghy were rowing safely and required no assistance.
The ILB returned to station at 17.45
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, in a normal year, 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.