RNLI - Barmouth Lifeboat Station

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November 2008 beach Moto cross

Barmouth has just held it's 2008 beach Moto cross event where, amongst the other races, riders competed for the Darren Cleaver Memorial Trophy.

The Barmouth Beach Race took place on the sand dunes near to the RNLI Lifeboat Station.Competing are members from Wilden Motocross Club, Wyreforest Off Road and J.H.Quad Racing.This year there was a bigger turnout than ever before, attracting top name riders.The racing took place on a fantastic 2-mile beach track marshalled by the WMXC marshalling squad.

The Darren Cleaver Memorial Trophy was presented by his widow Wendy. Darren was a popular member of Barmouth Lifeboat Crew until his untimely death two years ago.




Barmouth RNLI volunteer takes plunge at The Lifeboat College - 23rd October 2008

A lifeboat crewmember from Barmouth has sailed through the sea survival course at the RNLI’s purpose-built training centre. Kayleigh Hughes 18, returned from The Lifeboat College in Poole with three days of specialised training under her belt. Crewmembers stayed on site and trained at the College’s Survival Centre, which features a wave tank, lifeboat simulator and live engine workshop.

Much of the training saw Kayleigh in deep water, as crewmembers faced scenarios in which they had to raise the alarm, tend to casualties, abandon ship and make their way to life rafts in the wave tank. The survival course also included launching flares, dealing with a boat blaze in the fire simulator, and First Aid training.

Pete Davies, Coxswain, says: “The College’s wave tank is also used for training crews to right an inshore lifeboat, which is capsized using a crane. Other facilities at the College, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2004, include classrooms, a 150-seat auditorium, 60 bedrooms, a learning resource centre, and a restaurant”.

RNLI Chief Executive, Andrew Freemantle, says: ‘The Lifeboat College is the sea safety centre of excellence, delivering the advanced and cost-effective core training that will enable the charity to save more lives at sea and make the job safer for lifeboat crews.’ He adds that less than 10 percent of today’s crews come from a maritime background and that lifeboats are getting more and more advanced – making training more important than ever.


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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland