First shout for new crew member of RNLI Barmouth
The crew assembled on Bank holiday Monday, 26 August, as the pagers sounded at 11:03am for In-shore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman to be launched on service.
In excellent visibility and on calm seas the volunteer crew of Dan Cartwright, Jacob Cleaver and Helm, Helen Iles, launched at 11.10am. This was the first ‘shout’ for 18 year old crew member Jacob Cleaver.
The crew were tasked by the coastguard to search for a missing twelve year old who had last been seen in the water off Caerddaniel caravan park. Once on scene the crew performed searches along the shore line for the missing child.
The crew were stood down when the child was safely located on the beach.
ILB Craig Steadman returned to Barmouth lifeboat station at 11.44am and was readied for service by 11.55am.
Helm Helen Iles said: ‘We are delighted there was such a positive outcome to today’s shout. I was very proud to be in the boat on a new crew member’s first shout, I did many shouts with his Dad. It is a special moment to see the family tradition carrying on’
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 07771941390/01745585162
Key facts about the RNLI
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.
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.