Barmouth ILB launches to report of a windsurfer in trouble.

Lifeboats News Release

On Thursday 3 September 2020, inshore lifeboat, (ILB) Craig Steadman was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to a report of a windsurfer in the water off Fairbourne beach, holding onto his board, fatigued and unable to climb back on.

ILB Craig Steadman launches on service

RNLI/Sarah Radford

ILB Craig Steadman launches on service

In good visibility and moderate seas, ILB Craig Steadman and her volunteer crew, launched at 2.29pm to commence the search. The crew initially located a windsurfer on Fairbourne beach, who turned out to be a friend who had raised the alarm. He directed the crew to where his friend was last seen.

The crew started a parallel track search off Barmouth beach. They were notified the casualty had been located by the beach patrol on Barmouth beach. The volunteer ILB crew located and recovered the windsurfer’s sail at sea.

ILB Craig Steadman and her crew of Kyle Smith, Alex Hill and Rob Williams, at Helm, made their way back to the boathouse where they readied the boat for service

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

Helm Rob Williams

RNLI/Sarah Radford

Helm Rob Williams

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