Barmouth RNLI launch to report of person in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked to launch by HM Coastguard at 8.30 am on Sunday 28th October 2018 when a report of a person in the water had been received.

The report was made by a two members of the public who had seen a person, in what appeared to be a diving mask, drifting in the sea off the Coastguard station on Barmouth promenade.

In good visibility and a calm sea, but with a bitterly cold NE 1-2 wind blowing, the volunteer crew launched the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman at 8.40 pm, and together with the SAR 936 Search and Rescue helicopter, they began a systematic coastline search.

After a thorough investigation of the area nothing was found and, at the request of HM Coastguard, the crew then extended their search to cover a wider section. After a two-hour search, when nothing had been found, the ILB returned to station at 10.15 am.

Personnel from HM coastguard will continue to search the shoreline further along the coast.

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