Barmouth RNLI exercise becomes a rescue
On Saturday 1 May 2021, in excellent visibility and on smooth seas, Shannon Class lifeboat, (ALB) Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew were undertaking a planned exercise which turned into a rescue of a fishing boat, with engine problems, when tasked by HM Coastguard.
On reaching the stricken vessel near the storm outfall buoy at 11.51, the crew found all five persons and dog on board the fishing vessel safe and well and wearing life jackets. The lifeboat crew established a tow and towed the stricken vessel into Barmouth harbour, where they put her alongside the pontoon.
ALB Ella Larsen and her crew resumed their training exercise and returned to Barmouth boathouse later that day and was cleaned and readied for service by 2.15.
Today’s ‘shout’ also saw a ‘first’ for a couple of the volunteer crew members as it was the first ALB shout for Jacob Cleaver and Glesni Williams
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.