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Barmouth RNLI called out to fire on Barmouth bridge

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.02pm on Sunday 4 August Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman was paged to smouldering on Barmouth Bridge.

ILB Craig Steadman and volunteer crew returning from the shout

RNLI/Sarah Radford

ILB Craig Steadman and volunteer crew returning from the shout

Requested by the fire service, Barmouth's ILB Craig Steadman launched at 6.07pm in calm seas. The volunteer crew of Daniel Griffith and Jay Porter, helmed by Helen Iles made their way, with caution, to check the north side of Barmouth Bridge.

The ILB beached approximately 200 metres away from the fire and two of the crew went to observe. RNLI Barmouth stood by until the fire brigade was happy the fire had been extinguished.

The crew departed the scene at 7.11pm and returned to station at 7.30pm. The ILB was ready for service by 7.42pm.

For more information please contact Sarah Radford Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer on 07887 492210 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771 941390 / 01745 585162

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally, the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Tractor being cleaned ready for service

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Tractor being cleaned ready for service

Key facts about the RNLI

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