Barmouth RNLI launch to two swimmers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 30 July 2020, D class in-shore lifeboat Craig Steadman was tasked by the Coastguard to launch to a report of two swimmers struggling to make it back to shore.

ILB Craig Steadman and her crew

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ILB Craig Steadman and her crew
In excellent visibility and calm seas, ILB Craig Steadman with her volunteer crew Daryl James, Martin East and Anthony Schorah at the helm, launched at 8.05pm. Minutes later, arriving at the scene, 100 yards into the bay opposite the RNLI station, both casualties were located, recovered and returned to the boathouse at 8.10pm where first aid was administered by an off duty paramedic.

Both casualties were then handed over to and treated by North Wales Ambulance service, one was taken to Bronglais hospital in Aberystwyth as a precaution. Following a deep clean, ILB Craig Steadman was readied for service by 8.58pm.

Barmouth Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘the sea is unpredictable due to the waves, tides, rip currents and cold water. If you are planning on entering the water when you come to the coast, familiarise yourself with the the local conditions and be aware of the RNLI ‘Float to live’ guidance. If you see anyone in trouble in the water, don’t enter the water yourself, ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
ILB launching

RNLI/Andy Meadows

ILB launching
ILB launching

RNLI/Andy Meadows

ILB launching
Recovering the casualties

RNLI/Andy Meadows

Recovering the casualties
Located, recovered and returning to the boathouse

RNLI/Andy Meadows

Located, recovered and returning to the boathouse

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