Barmouth RNLI volunteers remember their French colleagues
At 10.30 am today, 13 June 2019, volunteers from Barmouth RNLI remembered the three French lifeboat crew members from SNSM (Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) who tragically lost their lives during a rescue last week.
With the RNLI flag at half-mast as a sign of respect, they joined with the French community and fellow RNLI volunteers and staff across the UK and the Republic of Ireland in holding a minute’s silence.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘The lifeboat community is very close, no matter which country we are from, and the news of this tragedy reminds us all just how treacherous the sea can be. Our thoughts are with our French colleagues and with the friends and families of all those involved.’
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.