Barmouth RNLI called out to drifting dinghy
Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged by HM Coastguard at 7.09 am on Thursday 13 June when a report of a dinghy drifting in the harbour was received.
The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 7.14 and located an empty rubber dinghy with an outboard motor drifting out of the main channel on the ebb tide.
A thorough search of the area was performed to ensure that there was no-one in the water in the harbour area. The dinghy was then towed to the quayside and made safe on the pontoon. A further search of the area, including the old harbour, was carried out and it was established that there were no casualties in the water.
The ILB returned to the station at 8.00 am and was made ready for service at 8.20.
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.