Barmouth ILB launches to report of a windsurfer in trouble.
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.
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
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.