Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to yacht with engine failure.
The volunteer crew of Barmouth RNLI were paged a 1.18 pm on Tuesday 17 July 2018 when reports were received that a yacht with two people on board was drifting in an ebb tide off Llwyngwril.
The weather was fine with a gentle north easterly force 2 wind and good visibility when the D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 01.25 pm with RNLI volunteer Tim Evans at the helm. This was Tim’s first shout since he passed out as ILB helm the previous week.
When the crew reached the 26 foot visiting yacht Stram, they noted that neither of the two people on board was wearing a lifejacket. After issuing safety advice about the importance of wearing lifejackets, a rope was attached and the boat was towed back to Barmouth harbour and made safe alongside the quay wall. The ILB returned to station at 3.00 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.