Barmouth RNLI exercise becomes a rescue

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Keeping a watchful eye

RNLI/Daryl James

Keeping a watchful eye

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

The rescued boat alongside in Barmouth Harbour

RNLI/Daryl James

The rescued boat alongside in Barmouth Harbour
Stricken vessel under tow to Barmouth Harbour

RNLI/Paul Johnson

Stricken vessel under tow to Barmouth Harbour

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