Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to two young girls stuck on rocks
Following a request for assistance at 12.53pm on Sunday 21 April from UK Coastguards, Barmouth volunteer lifeboat crew launched D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman to reports of two young girls stuck on rocks near Llanaber railway bridge.
In calm seas and brilliant sunshine, RNLI volunteers who had been training on all-weather lifeboat Ella Larsen switched lifeboats and headed along the coast towards Llanaber and were on scene within ten minutes. On arrival at the scene the tide was ebbing, but the conditions made it difficult for the inshore lifeboat to approach the girls. In communication with Barmouth Coastguard the RNLI volunteer crew stood by waiting for the tide to drop, which allowed the coastguard team to safely walk the girls back along the rocks where they were returned to their awaiting family. The coastguard rescue 936 helicopter was also deployed but was stood down as there was no need to winch the girls to safety.
RNLI volunteer crew member Dan Cartwright, at the helm of the D-class lifeboat Craig Steadman for his first call out said: ‘As it was my first shout as a helm it was great to have crew on board that were ready to act swiftly if we were needed. A good job from all involved’.
The inshore lifeboat and crew returned to station to be made ready for service.
RNLI media contact
For more information please contact Sarah Radford/Daniel Griffith, Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officers on 07887 492210 / 07538 010542 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771 941390 / 01745 585162
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.