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Barmouth RNLI welcome Assembly Member and local parliamentary candidate

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI were delighted that Joyce Watson AM for Mid and West Wales and Graham Hogg Labour party candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd asked to visit the boat house. They were given a unique insight into the work of the local RNLI volunteers.

Discussing the capabilities of ALB Ella Larsen in the survivors cabin

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Discussing the capabilities of ALB Ella Larsen in the survivors cabin

Joyce Watson and Graham Hogg visited Barmouth RNLI in Gwynedd on Friday 26 July 2019, where they received a guided tour of the lifeboat station. They then chatted with crew members and volunteers to understand the work of the RNLI in the area with the increasing demands they face and the requirements needed to safeguard the increasing visitor numbers. A positive conversation followed about the need for trained Lifeguards on Barmouth beach.

Barmouth RNLI Community safety officer Trevor Lewis impressed both Joyce and Graham with his proactive involvement in the implementation and design of the new safety signs located along the prom and within the harbour area, which have now been taken as best practice and have been replicated on the surrounding blue flag beaches

Joyce and Graham went on board the new Shannon Class ALB Ella Larsen and were impressed to hear about her capabilities and the advancements in technology.

Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘We are pleased that Joyce and Graham are taking an active interest in the role of the RNLI in saving lives at sea and promoting positive water safety messages, but also what the community needs to further safeguard the ever increasing number of visitors to the coastal areas in Gwynedd’.

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

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.


Assembly Member Joyce Watson trying out the crew seat for size

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Assembly Member Joyce Watson trying out the crew seat for size
Graham Hogg, Joyce Watson and coxswain Pete Davies with ALB Shannon Class Ella Larsen

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Graham Hogg, Joyce Watson and coxswain Pete Davies with ALB Shannon Class Ella Larsen
Coxswain Pete Davies and Assembly Member Joyce Watson

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Coxswain Pete Davies and Assembly Member Joyce Watson
Safety signs designed by CSO Trevor Lewis

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Safety signs designed by CSO Trevor Lewis

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 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.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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