RNLI Barmouth launches on first shout during lockdown.

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 26 May 2020, Shannon Class lifeboat, (ALB) Ella Larsen was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to the aid of a broken down fishing boat with two people on board.

Fishing vessel under tow watched eye by the volunteer RNLI crew member

RNLI/Russ Courtney

Fishing vessel under tow watched eye by the volunteer RNLI crew member

In excellent visibility and calm seas, ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew, practising social distancing on their first shout during lockdown, launched at 7.30pm directly out into Cardigan bay where they located the crew aboard the local fishing boat with engine failure. Both Casualties were safe and well. The lifeboat crew established a tow and returned the stricken boat to Barmouth harbour from which she had launched, where they were met by HM Coastguard.

One of the fishing boat crew messaged to thank Barmouth RNLI for their assistance and the tow back to harbour in such difficult times.

ALB Ella Larsen and her crew returned to Barmouth RNLI station and was readied for service by 10.30pm.

For more information please contact Sarah Radford Barmouth Lifeboat 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

Fishing vessel under tow

RNLI/Russ Courtney

Fishing vessel under tow
Fishing vessel under tow arriving in Barmouth harbour

RNLI/Kane Triggs

Fishing vessel under tow arriving in Barmouth harbour
Ella Larsen towing the broken down fishing vessel

RNLI/Russ Courtney

Ella Larsen towing the broken down fishing vessel
Ella Larsen in Barmouth harbour

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Ella Larsen in Barmouth harbour

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.

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