Barmouth RNLI called out to broken down fishing boat
Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 11.48 pm on Sunday 24 February to go to the aid of a fishing boat which had broken down in Cardigan Bay.
In fine weather and calm seas, the all weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was launched at 12.05 pm and the stricken vessel located at 1.43 pm. The 36ft former fishing boat Kraken with two persons on board had suffered engine failure and was drifting over 20 miles out.
A tow was established and the boat was towed north towards St Tudwal’s where she was handed over to Pwllheli Lifeboat who towed her in to Pwllheli harbour.
The crew returned to Barmouth and the ALB was made ready for service by 5.30 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.