HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR BARMOUTH RNLI’S NEW YEAR’S DAY DIP
Crowds collected on Barmouth promenade for the annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay.
Since the first event held in 2011, the turnout was the largest so far with over a hundred brave supporters gathering at the lifeboat house to take the plunge and raise money for the RNLI.
At 11 am prompt, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, young and old raced down to the shoreline and threw themselves into the sea. Under the watchful eye of the crew of the Barmouth RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman and the UK Coastguard service, they brought a welcome splash of colour and fun to a grey first day of January 2019. Visitors came from all corners of the UK to join locals in supporting the charity that saves lives at sea, with one brave participant coming all the way from Canada.
After their dip, they enjoyed hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘We are so grateful to all those who turned up to take part in this event, our eighth New Year’s Day dip. We have raised over £1,500 today and there is still lots more sponsorship money to be collected, making it another great start to a year of fundraising in Barmouth, thank you all very much.’
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.