Fine weather keeps Barmouth RNLI busy
Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 2.44 pm on Saturday 21 July 2018 when reports of a boat on fire in the harbour had been received.
The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was launched at 2.56 pm and the volunteer crew made their way towards the main channel into Barmouth harbour. They arrived on scene to find the five people on board the motor cruiser Excalibur had managed to get the boat ashore on Penrhyn point and were dragging the boat around the point into the creek towards Fairbourne. It appeared that the boat was not on fire as reported, but had suffered an engine problem which had generated a lot of smoke. The skipper said they did not require any further assistance.
The ALB stood by until the boat was safely moored in the inlet behind Penrhyn Point then returned to station by 3.45 pm.
On Tuesday 24 July, the volunteers were tasked again by HM Coastguard when a report had been received that an inflatable dinghy with one person board had been carried by the incoming tide through the bridge and was drifting towards Fegla Fach. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 4.53 pm with Richard Jones at the helm with RNLI volunteers Anthony Schorah and Kate Allday as crew. This was Kate’s first shout as an ILB crew member.
On arrival at the scene at 5.08 pm, they found the dinghy had suffered mechanical failure and was now in danger of sinking. The casualty was taken on board the ILB and handed over to the care of members of HM Coastguard on Barmouth harbour. The ILB crew returned to the boat and towed it into the old harbour where it was made safe.
The ILB returned to the station at 6.18 and the boat made ready for service again by 6.25 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.