Fine weather keeps Barmouth RNLI busy
In the continuing heatwave, Barmouth RNLI volunteers were called out once again this week to go to the aid of a pleasure boat with mechanical failure.
The volunteers were paged at 2.23 pm on Saturday 7 July 2018 to a boat which had broken down half a mile offshore off Barmouth promenade.
The pleasure boat MV Viking Princess was on a fishing trip in Cardigan Bay when she suffered mechanical failure. Coxswain Peter Davies and the volunteer lifeboat crew launched the all weather lifeboat (ALB), the Moira Barrie at 2.35 pm and soon located the vessel, with ten passengers aboard, half a mile offshore. In fine weather and calm conditions, a towline was attached to the Viking Princess and the boat was towed to the Barmouth harbour where the passengers were able to safely disembark.
The ALB returned to station and was ready for service again by 4.30 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, 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.