Barmouth RNLI launch to fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 27 September 2020, Shannon Class lifeboat, (ALB) Ella Larsen was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to the aid of a twenty three foot broken down fishing vessel with four people on board.

Stricken fishing vessel under tow

RNLI/Daniel Griffith

Stricken fishing vessel under tow

In good visibility and on slight seas, ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew launched at 6.30pm towards the direction of Shell Island where the fishing vessel was last located, approximately two miles off shore. On arrival at the scene, the crew located the local fishing vessel, with engine failure, close off Shell Island and drifting in. All four Casualties on board the fishing vessel were safe and well. The lifeboat crew established a tow and towed the stricken vessel into Shell Island, where they secured her to a buoy in the harbour.

Due to the depth of water in the harbour, another local vessel gave assistance to alight the four casualties to the shore

ALB Ella Larsen and her crew returned to Barmouth RNLI station and was readied for service by 10.15pm.

Last night also saw a ‘first’ for a number of our volunteer crew members. Experienced coxswain Rob Williams had his first ‘shout’ as Coxswain on the Shannon Class lifeboat, although had previously attended others as Helm and Mechanic. Driver Gary Massey launched and recovered the ALB in the SLRS for his first shout although has done numerous times on exercise. It was also the first ALB shout for three new members of our volunteer shore crew – Glen Barnish, Tommy Weedall and Bergitte Evans.

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

Stricken fishing vessel under tow

RNLI/Daniel Griffith

Stricken fishing vessel under tow
Ella Larsen preparing to launch

RNLI/Daniel Griffith

Ella Larsen preparing to launch
ALB recovery - view from the SLRS

RNLI/Gary Massey

ALB recovery - view from the SLRS

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