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Mark of respect for Ex-Coxswain - Thursday 2nd December

The RNLI flag was lowered to half mast outside the Barmouth Lifeboat-house on 2nd December 2010 when the death occurred of Cedric Griffith, Gwel y mor, Cumberland Place, Barmouth after a long illness.  Cedric had been a member of the Inshore Lifeboat crew from 1981 until 1988.  He served on the All Weather Lifeboat from 1981 to 1993 in the roles of Assistant Mechanic and second Coxswain.  He was Coxswain/Assistant Mechanic from 1991 to 1993 and Deputy Launching Authority from 2005 until his retirement because of ill health in 2008. Cedric was a highly respected member of the RNLI who's genial nature and good humour, coupled with a passion for the RNLI made him an excellent Coxswain and leader.  At a meeting held in the Lifeboat-house to acknowledge the work of local fundraisers on Wednesday morning the current coxswain, Peter Davies, asked members of the Fundraising Committee and crew present to stand for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for their ex-coxswain. His funeral will be held on Friday 10th December.

Thank you morning - Thursday 2nd December

Fundraisers and crew members braved the icy elements on Thursday 2nd December to gather in the Lifeboat house on a windswept promenade at Barmouth.  A thank-you coffee-morning had been arranged to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put in by members of the Fundraising Committee over the year.  Coxswain Peter Davies gave a vote of thanks to the fundraisers for their efforts whose valuable support, he said, helps to raise funds to train and equip the volunteer lifeboat crew.  Lifeboat Mechanic Llew Griffin showed a short film, a compilation of lifeboat ‘shouts’ across the UK.  This was an excellent way of raising awareness of exactly what is involved when our lifeboats put to sea.  Those present were able to see some of the atrocious conditions the crews have to endure and some of the dangerous situations in which these selfless volunteers can find themselves when saving lives at sea.

Wendy Ponsford, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, offered a special vote of thanks to June Davies who manages the RNLI souvenir shop.  June reported that a total of £29,541.45 (£16,838.63 of which was profit) had been taken over the counter in sales of souvenirs during 2010.  June also thanked the volunteers who man the shop throughout the summer season.  She noted that, because of illness of some volunteers this year, a dedicated few had put in extra shifts and further thanks should go to them.  If you would be interested in helping out with an occasional voluntary two-hour shift in the souvenir shop next year, you can do so by contacting June Davies on 01341 280 532.

Future events include the SOS sponsored walk on Friday 28th January 2011.  Because of the tide on that day, this ‘Saunter on the Sands’ will be shorter than last year. It will be followed by a thank-you bowl of soup at the Lifeboat house afterwards. The coxswain added a reminder that some of the RNLI crew will again be taking a New Year’s Day dip in the sea at about 11 a.m. on January 1st. This is to be followed by a well-earned and warming barbecue. So if you are planning a New Year’s Day walk along the promenade – stop off to enjoy the crew’s discomfort! The canon will also be fired on this day in memory of ex-coxswain Keith Allday and crew member Allan Massey who so tragically lost their lives in Barmouth harbour six years ago.

Barmouth Lifeboat assists local Motor Fishing Vessel - 23rd November

At 08.45 on Tuesday morning, the 23rd November 2010, following a request from the coastguard, Barmouth Lifeboat was launched to assist local Motor Fishing Vessel Aqua with three crew on board. The fishing boat had broken down one mile off Llangelynin.  The all-weather lifeboat was launched immediately and the stricken vessel was quickly located.  The fishing boat and all three persons on board were towed to the safety of Barmouth harbour.

Barmouth Annual Motocross event another great success - 30th/31st October

The annual Motocross event which took place in Barmouth during the weekend of the 30th/31st October was again a huge success.  The car parks on the promenade were choc-a-bloc with motor homes, camper vans and enormous Motocross race vans.

The winner of the Darren Cleaver Trophy for the second time was No 11 Jamie Lewis and the trophy was presented by Darren’s children.  Jacob, Toby and Izzie together with their mother Wendy Cleaver are pictured with the winner outside the Lifeboat house.

As a fundraising effort, the crew of Barmouth Lifeboat offered to hose down participants’ bikes after each event for a donation towards the RNLI. They were kept very wet and busy on both days and their efforts resulted in a very respectable sum of £306.00 being raised.


A real Treat from the Factory Shop - 30th October

It was Trick and Treat for the crew of the Barmouth Lifeboat on Saturday October 30th when managers and staff of the Factory Shop presented Coxswain Peter Davies and Lifeboat Operations Manager  John Probert of Barmouth RNLI with a cheque for £882.66. Factory Shop Manager Becca Hills, Assistant Manager Nicola Harris and members of staff dressed up in Halloween guise for the presentation on Saturday afternoon.  The sum donated was the outcome of hard work put in at a series of events organised throughout the year and this, together with £172.72, the contents of their counter Lifeboat Boxes amounted to a total donation from the Factory Shop of £1,054.38. The RNLI are immensely grateful for their enthusiasm.


The Brandwood Lodge in Kings Heath presents cheque to Barmouth RNLI - 27th October

Photo by Nigel MerridewPhoto by Nigel MerridewFundraising efforts at the Brandwood Lodge in Kings Heath, Birmingham have resulted in a magnificent donation to the Barmouth Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  On 27th October Nick Dawkes, Worshipful Master of the Brandwood Lodge 7679 in the province of Worcester together with his wife Gill, presented the Coxswain Peter Davies, crew and volunteers with a cheque for £1,200.  A long time supporter of the RNLI, Gill was brought up in Conwy and both their daughters help out with the Junior Sailing lessons teaching youngsters of Barmouth to sail.  Active members of the Merioneth Yacht Club, Nick and Gill visit Barmouth most weekends to sail their Yacht, Southern Comfort. Pictured are Nick Dawkes, Worshipful Master of the Brandwood Lodge 7679 and his wife Gill presenting coxswain Peter Davies of the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI with a cheque for £1,200.  

Teenager lost in the dark rescued by Barmouth RNLI - 19th August

Barmouth inshore lifeboat was launched at 9:50pm Wednesday night after reports that 3 teenagers were lost after a night time walk. The group were staying at a nearby Adventure Centre. They had decided to go for a walk but unfortunately got lost in the dark. After a search by the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, the teenagers were located on Barmouth Estuary. The casualties were cold but unhurt. Once located, the RAF 22 Squadron helicopter winched the casualties on board the helicopter and took them back to Barmouth Lifeboat Station. The inshore lifeboat returned to the station at 11:45pm.

The RNLI encourages anyone who ventures on coastal routes after dark to be fully prepared by planning their route in advance, carry a map, torch and a mobile phone.

Barmouth RNLI assist a woman on yacht Teala who had suffered a reaction to being stung by a fish

Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 16.21 on Sunday 8th August to assist a woman on board the yacht Teala after reports were received that a fish (possibly a Weaver fish) had stung her. The yacht was in Cardigan Bay within sight of the lifeboat station so the lifeboat The Rotarian Clive Tanner was very quickly on the scene. The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and returned to the shore where an ambulance was waiting to receive her.

John Probert Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘The Weaver fish is more venomous than many jellyfish and the pain is described as excruciating causing the affected area to swell and become red. If you do get stung the most effective treatment is to put the affected area in water as hot as the victim can stand without causing scolding. To minimise the chances of treading on a Weaver fish, which often lies under the sand with its spines protruding, paddlers and bathers should wear light shoes when in the water.

Barmouth Crew Member ill in Hospital

All our thoughts and best wishes are with Frank Slater, our head tractor driver, who is ill in hospital at the moment. Frank is currently in Walton Hospital and is recovering after a 5 hour operation.

'Everyone at Barmouth Lifeboat Station is thinking of him and wishes him a speedy recovery.'

Barmouth lifeboat launched after freak wave throws man out of boat - 24th July

Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 14.25 after a request from the coastguard when two people were reported to be in the sea off Borthwen Farm, Llwyngwril. They had become separated from their speedboat and were struggling in the water. The Inshore lifeboat launched immediately and was on the scene very quickly to find that the two persons a father and son had managed to clamber aboard their speedboat and return to the shore. Before the incident occurred the son was being towed behind the speedboat on a wakeboard. They hit a freak wave that threw the father out of the boat and the son off the wakeboard causing the son to incur some minor scratches. After the crew on the inshore lifeboat had checked that the two persons were ok they returned to the lifeboat station.

John Probert Barmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘Because wakeboarding is performed in deep water, riders should be proficient swimmers and wear a life vest to ensure safety. A spotter should always be used on the boat to keep an eye on the rider and relay communication between the rider and driver. Thankfully there were no serious casualties in this incident.’

Invasion of Barmouth Beach and RNLI lifeboat station by Girl Guides - 10th July

Barmouth Beach came alive with the sound of laughter, chatter, energetic activity and music on Saturday 10th July when 1100 Girl Guides and their leaders arrived in the town. The action packed event was one of hundreds that are taking place throughout the UK to mark the first 100 years of guiding. The guides enjoyed a fun, magical, exciting and diverse range of activities, which were organised for them on the beach by their leaders.

The beach opposite the lifeboat station took on a Caribbean theme and the guides were extremely busy joining in different activities; building sandcastles, making and tasting cocktails, creating spectacular designs, bouncing on the trampoline, playing in the bouncy castle, eating ice-cream and much more. Two hundred and sixty of the guides visited the lifeboat station where members of the crew gave them a conducted tour showing them the two lifeboats and detailing what happens when the lifeboats are launched. They also explained that the commitment of crewmembers isn't only measured in the time spent involved in rescues. Increasingly, new equipment and faster boats also means that regular training programmes account for much of the time. This training includes boat handling, radio communications, first aid, navigation and radar training.

Before the final activities began in the early evening, several girls were awarded prizes for their achievements during the day. Every Girl Guide present had also given some money, which was presented to the RNLI. Altogether £400 was donated and Jackie Thomas a member of the Barmouth RNLI lifeboat shore crew gratefully received this. The very successful day concluded with a disco and barbecue, and even when the heavens opened and the rains poured down it did not dampen the spirits of the guides who left Barmouth extremely tired but very happy.

Barmouth RNLI lifeboats launch four times in hottest weekend of the year - 26th June

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called out at 13:13hrs on Saturday 26th June to assist the coastguard in searching for a missing eleven-year-old boy. As the lifeboat was scouring the coastline for the missing child, he was found safe and well on the beach by the coastguard.

At 19:10hrs a report was received of a missing person on a jet ski. The man had launched at Black Rock Sands Porthmadog, and was eventually found by a pleasure boat near Sarn Y Bwch, which is located between Aberdyfi and Barmouth. The All Weather Lifeboat The Moira Barrie was despatched to recover the Jet Ski and the casualty and return them to Black Rock Sands. The ALB sailed to Mochras Point where they passed the tow to Criccieth Inshore Lifeboat.

Whilst The Moira Barrie was recovering the missing Jet Ski, there was another incident with a jet ski this time in Barmouth Harbour. At 19:39 it was reported that a jet ski with one person on board had broken down in Barmouth Harbour and was last seen under Barmouth Bridge. When the ILB arrived on the scene, a speedboat was towing the craft. The ILB took over the tow and handed the Jet Ski and the casualty to the coastguard.

On Sunday 27th June the Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 12:41 to assist two persons who were drifting in an inflatable yellow dinghy in choppy surf near ‘The Perch.’ On arrival at the casualty two persons were found to be in the water trying to help the people in the dinghy. All the people concerned returned safely to shore.

National Theatre Wales comes to Barmouth in June & July

This summer, treat yourself to the most extraordinary seaside trip ever. Meet glamorous usherettes, blind harpists, swarthy sea captains and resurrected elephants. Wander up historic hills and sneak into smoke filled discos. Be greeted by artists from around the world, as you discover what makes Barmouth a place like no other.

Please look at our Calendar Page for more details and links to National Theatre Wales.

Jones-Gibb now under new ownership undergoes a thorough restoration - June 2010

Since we last heard about her, the Jones -Gibb (still named Thrift) was sold to Robert Ferguson in the Winter of 2009. From a sample of the many photographs kindly sent by Robert's son, we can see that a great deal of effort is being made to get the boat into top class condition. Robert says that the boat is due to go back in the water in the next few weeks. You can see the photos of the Jones-Gibb restoration here.

Barmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat goes to aid of injured yachtsman

Barmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat The Moira Barrie was called out on Saturday 12th June to assist a yachtsman who was injured whilst practising for the ‘Three Peaks Yacht Race.’ The 37-foot yacht The Prairie Oyster was four miles out in Cardigan Bay with three sailors on board practising for the race when information was received that a crewmember had sustained a blow to the head and needed medical assistance. The lifeboat was launched immediately and on arrival at the scene the casualty was given first aid by one of the lifeboat crew who is also a paramedic. The injured sailor was then carefully transferred to the lifeboat, which then returned to Barmouth Harbour where he was taken to a waiting ambulance. Jon Wheate the 2nd Cox said,” Pete Davies the Cox, did a good job bringing the lifeboat alongside the yacht because conditions out there were challenging.” The Prairie Oyster will be taking part in the Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race along with twenty-three other boats on Saturday 19th June. It is a unique event combining sailing, running and a little cycling and is known as one of the toughest long distance events.

Barmouth crewmember injured in serious accident retrieving a ball.

Barmouth striker Bobby Griffith, 23, was leaning over the steel railings of St John's Church, in the Gwynedd town, when he became impaled. An air ambulance landed on the town's football pitch and airlifted him to Shrewsbury Royal Infirmary. Mr Griffith, a volunteer lifeboatman, is in a "comfortable" condition, the hospital said. (text courtesy of BBC News). See complete BBC News article here.

Our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery - Get well soon Bobby !

Third West Cost Custom Bike Show comes to Barmouth on Saturday 26th June.

On 26th June, the North Wales Chopper Club will be holding their annual Custom Bike Show at the Lifeboat Station, Promenade, Barmouth. On the day funds will be raised for the RNLI. This will be the third Custom Bike Show and weather permitting will have the following attractions from 1200hrs to 1730hrs. Samba Bermo will be opening the proceedings and there will be the usual line up of quality Custom Bikes and Trikes.

A live Trials Bike riding display by the BRO CADER TRIALS CLUB featuring displays through the afternoon by local trials bike riders. Hopefully there will be live music played by three different local Gwynedd bands between the Trials Riding Displays. So if you like boats, bikes or live music make a date in your diary and come down and enjoy the day.
PS don’t forget to bring some sunshine with you.

Three people saved from drifting dinghy by Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat - Sunday 30th May.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 13.28hrs when a report was received of two dinghies in trouble in Barmouth Harbour. One powered dinghy with four persons on board was stuck in the wooden section of Barmouth Bridge. As the lifeboat approached the dinghy it floated free. The occupants of the boat were all okay. Another dinghy with four people on board was seen to be drifting in the channel from the harbour out to sea. One person from the dinghy jumped into the sea and began to swim ashore during which time the lifeboat recovered the three other people and the dinghy. The lifeboat picked up the person who was swimming to the shore. All four persons and the dinghy were returned to the harbour where they were handed over to the coastguard. .

Two men rescued from small powerboat by Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat - Saturday 29th May.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 16.27hrs in response to a request from the coastguard. Two men from Dudley in the West Midlands were fishing approximately 300 metres off Barmouth beach when one of them became very ill with seasickness. Because of the moderate westerly wind the sea was quite choppy and due to the state of the tide and the rough conditions the powerboat could not be taken over the Bar and returned to Barmouth Harbour. Eventually the two men on board called for assistance and the lifeboat was launched. The two casualties were taken on board the lifeboat and landed on the shoreline where they were met by the coastguard and taken to the lifeboat station. The boat was put at anchor but shortly after the men were safely ashore and the lifeboat had returned to the boathouse, the powerboat washed up on the shore. The lifeboat crew returned to the shoreline and assisted with placing the vessel on to its trailer.

Two persons rescued from sinking dinghy by Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat - Thursday 27th May.

Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 18:05hrs on Thursday 27th May in response to a request from the coastguard. A report was received that a dinghy with two persons on board was taking in water on the Mawddach estuary. The Inshore lifeboat arrived on the scene and took the two persons on board the lifeboat. The dinghy was then towed by the ILB to a campsite at Bontddu where it and the casualties were safely delivered to the shore.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat tows in dinghy - Sunday 23rd May.

At 14.40hrs, information was received that an inflatable dinghy was in difficulty off the beach in Barmouth. The Inshore lifeboat was launched and located an inflatable dinghy with two persons on board near ‘The Perch’. The dinghy was towed by the ILB to the beach where the casualties were handed to the local coastguard.

South Wales Biker visits Barmouth on Round Britain Charity Challenge.

This photograph shows Kevin Hancock at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Sunday 16th May when he visited as part of his fundraising drive around the mainland of Britain. Kevin is riding his motorbike round all RNLI Lifeboat Stations on the mainland anti-clockwise in aid of the Tamar Appeal at The Mumbles lifeboat station.

He is on a Honda 90cc motorbike so speed is not the main aim!!   He is currently standing at having raised £1,200 on the just giving website, which is fantastic. A new Tamar costs £2.6 million.

You can add to Kevins appeal here at Justgiving/numbumring

The RNLI has an active fleet of more than 300 lifeboats, ranging from 5m to 17m in length, and a relief fleet of about 100 boats. The current fleet also includes four active and one relief hovercraft. The Tamar class lifeboat is the RNLI's most advanced vessel in the fleet and will gradually replace the Tyne class. It is bigger and faster than the Tyne and can be launched from a slipway or lie afloat. The Tamar includes the computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) that enables crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions remotely from the safety of their seats. It has a range of 250 nautical miles with a top speed of 25 knots carrying a crew of six. Other features include advanced ergonomics, that reduce the impact on the crew as the lifeboat crashes through waves, and a powered Y boat stored behind a transom door to allow immediate deployment. The first Tamar went on station at Tenby in Wales in 2006.

RNLI Barmouth receives a fantastic donation from M.A.R.S.

Members of Meirion Amateur Radio Society recently presented a cheque for the amazing amount of £520 to the Chairman of RNLI Barmouth and District Fundraisers, Wendy Ponsford. M.A.R.S. is a small club that was formed to promote amateur radio in south Gwynedd. The membership comes from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and is an exceptionally enthusiastic and active society. 

Last year saw the beginning of a partnership between M.A.R.S. and the Barmouth branch of the RNLI. During the last week of January 2009 M.A.R.S. worked very hard raising money for the RNLI by making contact with as many other amateur radio enthusiasts around the world as they were able to in the allotted time. They worked through the night and amassed the amazing sum of £407 that was much more than they had expected.

During the SOS weekend this year M.A.R.S. were at Barmouth Lifeboat Station and the Merioneth Yacht Club and again worked through the night and were rewarded by raising the fantastic amount of £520. RNLI Barmouth is proud to be associated with M.A.R.S. especially as we were one of the first lifeboat stations to be involved in SOS Radio week and they are the biggest fundraisers of all the radio groups that take part in SOS Week.

Merion Amateur Radio Society will be once again at RNLI Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Sunday 15th August (Open Day) so why not come along and watch the radio enthusiasts at work – you won’t be disappointed.

Barmouth RNLI lifeboats launched to assist a Sea Doo and a Jet Ski - Sunday 2nd May

After receiving a message by telephone from a Sea Doo that was in difficulty three miles off Barmouth, Holyhead Coastguard requested that Barmouth lifeboat should assist. The RNLI Inshore lifeboat the ‘Rotarian Clive Tanner’ was launched and on reaching the Sea Doo discovered that a jet ski was also in difficulty. The Sea Doo was taking in water and the Jet Ski had broken down.

The Barmouth ALB ‘The Moira Barrie’ was then launched. On arrival at the scene the three persons from the broken down vessels were taken on board the ALB. The inshore lifeboat towed the Jet Ski and the ALB towed the Sea Doo back to Caerddaniel Caravan Park where the vessels and owners were safely returned.

Inshore lifeboat launched twice over the weekend - 24th/25th April

The Inshore lifeboat was launched at 19.43 on Saturday 24th April in response to sightings of a capsized canoe. The lifeboat proceeded to where the canoe had been spotted and found a raft/hatch floating in the sea off Llwyngwril. After a search of the area the lifeboat towed the object back to Barmouth Harbour.

On Sunday 25th April a Shetland type boat came free from it’s mooring in Barmouth Harbour and was reported to be drifting towards the sea. The Inshore lifeboat launched at 7.45pm recovered the boat (Sea Wolf) and returned it to its mooring.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat recovers broken down speedboat - Friday 23rd April

Barmouth Inshore lifeboat ‘Rotarian Clive Tanner’ was launched at 4.15pm when information was received that a powerboat with two persons on board had broken down near Llwyngwril. The small Fletcher speedboat ‘The Virgo’ with two persons on board was located half a mile from Llwyngwril. The boat had suffered engine failure so it was towed back to the launch site on Penrhyn Point where the boat and its occupants were safely delivered.

Are your Lifejackets Safe ?

The RNLI issues reminder to boaters: ‘Lifejackets are Useless unless worn’. Whether they’re training or out on a shout, RNLI crewmembers always wear lifejackets. It's a rule informed by years of experience. They know that, boating can be extremely unpredictable, whatever the weather; the sea can turn at a moment's notice. They see people caught out all the time, people who’ve risked or even lost their lives. A lifejacket will buy you vital time in the water and could save your life, but only if you're wearing it and if you ensure that it is the correct size and type for you, that it is properly fastened and that you understand how to operate and maintain it. A lifejacket is useless unless worn, if it is worn incorrectly or if it is not in full working order. It’s much safer to get into the habit of wearing a lifejacket at all times when afloat, because it means you’ll be familiar with your particular lifejacket and how to operate it should an emergency situation unfold. In the summer months when boat owners may take family and friends who don’t often go afloat, it’s even more crucial to ensure that all on board, including babies and children, are wearing a well-fitted lifejacket. A correctly fitting lifejacket will keep you afloat so that, should you end up in the water, you have time to overcome the initial shock and you can begin to think about survival. It will also keep your airways clear of the water, which is absolutely crucial because it only takes just a cup full of water in the lungs to make survival difficult and just over a litre to drown. A lifejacket also buys you time, this will allow for the search and rescue services to come to your aid. Our advice is not meant to spoil the fun of water users, but it is founded on the years of experience of RNLI lifeboat crew who know how unpredictable the weather can be and how quickly things can go wrong at sea.

Bring along your lifejacket to a FREE RNLI Lifejacket Clinic
Saturday 1st May 2010 10:00am – 4pm -
At The Merioneth Yacht Club Barmouth
Learn the importance of your lifejacket • Choosing • Fit • Maintenance etc.
It could save a life
- yours !

Round Britain Rally raising funds for the RNLI - visiting Barmouth in May

At the end of May, a group of about 6-8 motorcyclists who are participants in the Round Britain Rally are holding a fund-raising motorcycle ride in aid of the RNLI. They will be visiting 15 stations around the UK over nine days, starting at The Lizard station and ending with Beaumaris, going via Thurso. They intend stopping at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on the 30th May, between 10:00 and 11:00. One of the participants is a motoring journalist and she will be writing an article on the trip for publication in a motorcycle magazine.
For anyone interested in donating to the RNLI via the Round Britain Rally, there is a website at Just Giving(click here) where you can contribute.

The RNLI issues reminder to boaters: ‘Lifejackets are Useless unless worn’

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Sea Safety team is stepping up its ‘Usless unless worn’ lifejacket awareness campaign in advance of the boating season upon us. The message to ‘Please put your lifejacket on’ is also being spread by the RNLI’s team of volunteer Sea Safety Officers around the coast over the coming months at roadshows and events. Visit the RNLI website for the full article. For full advice on choosing, caring and wearing your lifejacket please see: www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety

Barmouth RNLI lifeboat launched after reported sighting of ditched light aeroplane - Saturday 27th March

At 12.14, Barmouth All Weather Lifeboat the Moira Barrie was launched after a report was received that a light aircraft had been seen ditching in the sea off the coast between Aberdyfi and Tywyn. The Barmouth lifeboat, the inshore B Class Atlantic lifeboat from Aberdyfi, a Sea King helicopter from the Royal Marines base at Chivenor in Devon and a police helicopter searched the area where the aircraft had reportedly ditched. Barmouth lifeboat searched the area between Tonfanau and Aberdovey approximately four miles off the coast for over two hours but nothing was found so the Moira Barrie was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station.

Coast Watch Wales making the coast safer.

Coast Watch Wales is an initiative designed to enhance the security of the Welsh coast line and identify both vessels and individuals engaged in suspicious maritime and coastal based activity. Such activity could be linked to smuggling, organised crime and terrorist activity. Coast Watch Wales is an amalgamation of specialist officers and agencies that include Customs, Immigration, Police, Coastguard and the Royal Navy. Coast Watch Wales is able to swiftly assess information passed and respond accordingly. The intention is to disrupt those engaged in criminal activity through effective communication with the maritime and coastal community and continue to make the coastline and waterways of Wales a safe environment for you to enjoy.

Visit the Coastwatch website at www.coastwatchwales.gov.uk

Fun filled RNLI SOS weekend in Barmouth

SOS walkers

Meirion Amateur Radio Society at work

The RNLI’s biggest fundraising day on Friday 29th January kicked off to a good start with a sponsored Saunter On the Sand by a group of hardy walkers. It snowed, the bitterly cold northerly wind blew the sand into their faces, but the intrepid group (and Chelsea the dog) battled on and were rewarded back at the lifeboat station with a warming bowl of home made soup. The group have raised in the region of £500 for their endeavours.

On Saturday and Sunday the Meirion Amateur Radio Society took up residence at the Lifeboat Station and Merioneth Yacht Club where they attempted to link up with as many other radio enthusiasts around the world as they could. They were sponsored for each contact they made -  there were hundreds and they were very confident that this year was even more successful than 2009 (£407 raised). They worked non-stop from 9am on Saturday morning to 3pm on Sunday afternoon. This year they were online and had a camera set up and could be seen all over the world.


Factory Shop SOS

In the stocks

The Factory Shop in Barmouth has chosen to support Barmouth RNLI this year and members of their staff joined with some of the volunteer lifeboat crew to raise money. The manageress and some of her colleagues dressed as pirates and the crew placed themselves in the stocks where they were pelted with wet sponges. It was a fun filled day and everyone (even the crew) enjoyed himself or herself.


Jacqui Puddle Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said, “SOS Day is the charity’s biggest fundraising day and the RNLI cannot save lives at sea without public support so a huge THANK YOU to all the people of Barmouth and everyone who helped to raise money for the RNLI over the weekend”. 

First shout of 2010 for Barmouth Lifeboat

Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat was out on exercise on Sunday 17th January when at 10.58hrs there was a launch request from the Coastguard.A RIB had been spotted lying on a muddy bank about a mile past Penmaenpool Bridge near Llanelltyd on the River Mawddach. The RIB had broken its mooring before being washed up the river. There were no reports of anyone on board and it was uncertain where the RIB had come from. The lifeboat arrived on the scene, and after the crew had anchored the vessel they returned to the lifeboat station.

Barmouth RNLI forthcoming events in 2010

29th January - Don't forget our SOS Day Saunter On Sand. Come and join us,,, we're having a sponsored walk from the boathouse along the beach to the end of the prom, back along the beach to the Perch and finish at the boathouse. Hot soup and rolls will be served at the boathouse. It is an easy walk and should take approx. 2 hours. Sponsorship forms can be obtained from Jacqui Puddle or Wendy Ponsford 07799125592.
(We have checked, the tide will be out!!!)

30th-31st January - Come along and watch the Meirion Amateur Radio Society at work raising money for the RNLI for SOS Day at the Lifeboat Station and the Yacht Club on Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st January. Their aim is to make contact with other enthusiasts all over the world. Last year was very successful. This year they are hoping to be even better. See more details about SOS Radio week here.

14th February - there will be a pancake race on the beach opposite the lifeboat station. Fancy Dress is encouraged, prizes for the best in class.. Teams or individuals will race along a set course and have to toss the pancake whilst running.
Supply your own pan and pancake.

Age groups:
Up to and including 6 years old
Over 16

Entry fee is £1 each with all proceeds going to the RNLI.

Lots of fun for everyone !



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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