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Two Kite Surfers rescued - Saturday 27th December

Two kite surfers were rescued by Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat after they got into difficulties at the weekend. 
Holyhead Coastguard was alerted to the incident shortly after 3pm on Saturday 27th December. A member of the public realised the two, who were kite surfing in the harbour, were in difficulties and dialled 999.  The kite on one of the craft had crashed and was being swept through the bridge on the incoming tide.

Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew was tasked to launch the Inshore Lifeboat. They were quickly on scene and brought the two people back ashore safely.

RNLI Thank-you morning

It was thanks all round at the Barmouth RNLI Lifeboathouse on Wednesday morning the 4th December when a thank-you coffee morning had been arranged to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put in by fundraising volunteers throughout 2013. 

Fundraising Chairman Wendy Ponsford thanked a room of enthusiastic supporters for their continued help and introduced Debbie Ferns, RNLI Fundraising Manager for North Wales and the West.   A short film was shown in which RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier outlined the exciting ‘Build for Life Project’ currently underway.  The RNLI is building a state-of-the-art All-Weather Lifeboat building facility at their Headquarters in Poole where they will be able to build, repair and refit lifeboats in the future.  The project will cost £11.2 million; £5 million of which they hope will come from fundraising, so they will need our help more than ever.

Branch Treasurer and RNLI souvenir shop manager, June Davies told the meeting that a record profit of almost £19,000 from the sale of souvenirs had been made during 2013.  Added to the amount raised from fundraising events, in total, the Barmouth Branch has raised over £40,000 this year, an outstanding effort from such a small town.  June thanked the diligent group of volunteers who man the shop throughout the summer season.  A special thanks went to the hard work of Ena Ridley from Fairbourne who arranges sales of souvenirs at events held in Fairbourne each year, and to Linda Smith who sells a range of RNLI Christmas cards, calendars and diaries at her shop on the harbour.

There followed a very moving film on the work of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team which makes us very aware of the important work the RNLI does, not only at sea, but inland and internationally during times of flood and disaster. The team were very active in the floods that affected Borth and Aberystwyth earlier this year.
Other international work involves lifeguard training in some of the world’s poorest countries.  which have either very limited lifesaving service.  RNLI lifeguard trainers spent a week in Bangladesh teaching lifesaving skills, which now means Bangladesh has its first lifesaving club, with trained volunteers who have already begun saving lives. 

The new Aquatic Survival programme in Tanzania delivers water safety messages to school children and teaches them basic survival swimming.  The lives of hundreds of African children will now be safer around water. It is heartening to know that local efforts can make a small contribution to the remarkable work of the RNLI, not just at the seaside, but all over the world.

Future events
include the annual New Year’s Day dip in the sea.  At 11 a.m. on 1st January 2014, the coxswain, crew and friends will again be taking the plunge, followed by a well-earned and warming barbecue brunch.  Then, Saturday 31st January 2014 marks Lifeboat SOS day when fundraisers have arranged a sponsored walk - a ‘Saunter on the Sands’.  This will be followed by a thank-you bowl of soup at the Lifeboat house afterwards.  Members of the public are most welcome to come and join in.  Sponsor forms for those who want to take part in either event can be obtained from Barmouth Lifeboathouse.

The crew and fundraisers of Barmouth RNLI are delighted with efforts of local people.  It’s enthusiasm such as this that keeps our lifeboats afloat.  So come and join us!

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launches in gale force winds


The volunteer crew from Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launched at 8.45 on Thursday 5th December, in a westerly Force 8 gale, in response to a call from HM Coastguard and Barmouth Harbour Master. 

A 21ft cabin cruiser, the Ace 2, had gone adrift from the pontoon in the harbour and had been swept up on Borthwen Beach near the railway bridge.  When the ILB arrived at the scene, two persons were on board.  The boat was being lashed by waves in gale force conditions on the rocks.  With the help of HM Coastguard, the couple managed to scramble up the embankment to safety and were attended to by the local ambulance team. 

New webpage on the site

The Barmouth RNLI volunteer Fundraisers do their work behind the scenes often unnoticed and unsung. We've now added a webpage all about Barmouth RNLI Fundraising activies with information about how you can contact them and how you can help. Please have a look at our Fundraisers webpage which can also be found in the "About Us" drop down menu. We have also added links to the Barmouth lifeboat Facebook page on the Home page and the About Us page

New Year’s Day dip 2014 - Come along and join us

Barmouth RNLI coxswain Pete Davies is busy drumming up support for the RNLI’s annual sponsored New Year’s Day dip.  On 1st January 2014 he hopes that the beach will be swarming with bodies running down to take a brief plunge. 

If you are brave enough to join in, just come along to the station for 11 am on New Year’s Day – wear fancy dress if you like and bring all the family. And this enjoyable event isn’t just for the crew and friends, last year they were joined by visitors from far and wide.  Warm drinks and a barbecue brunch will be available at the lifeboat station afterwards.  It would be great if your bravery could be rewarded by raising money for the RNLI too, sponsorship forms are available from Peter or at the Lifeboat station on Barmouth promenade.

Auction at the Lifeboathouse - Tuesday 29th October

Barmouth RNLI Fundraisers held an auction at the Boathouse on Barmouth Promenade on Tuesday 29th October 2013.  Despite the wet and windy weather, a small crowd gathered at 3 pm for the auction. All sorts of good quality items were on sale and many bargains were snapped up.  £300 was raised and the Fundraising Committee would like to thank all those who donated goods







Motocross Bike wash

Another busy Motocross event took place in Barmouth during the weekend of the 26th /27th October.  The two days were well attended, despite the howling winds and torrential rain. 

Again this year, 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 the sum of £380.57 being raised for the RNLI.  Pictured is Gethin Humphreys from Blaenau Ffestiniog, who won his race in Barmouth.  Gethin had just returned from a race meeting in Portugal, where he came fifth in his class.







Saving lives after death

Barmouth RNLI has received a very welcome donation of £516.39 from Amlosgfa Aberystwyth Crematorium.  The payment is the result of proceeds from the recycling of unwanted metal and orthopaedic implants which were donated by next of kin. Amlosgfa Aberystwyth Crematorium joined a national scheme in 2008, whereby metals retrieved following the cremation process could be collected and recycled and any proceeds donated to charity.

Crematorium manager Owain Rees said ‘When making funeral arrangements, we ask bereaved families if they will allow us to recycle this metal, if they agree, it is sensitively removed and recycled. Without this agreement, the metal cannot be recycled and then has to be treated as waste.’

Wendy Ponsford, Chair of the Barmouth RNLI Fundraising committee said ‘We are pleased that families using Amlosgfa Aberystwyth Crematorium have decided to support local charities in this way and are very grateful for the kind donations.  Their generosity and thoughtfulness at such a difficult time is very much appreciated. The money will go to the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Barmouth ILB launches to aid broken down speedboat - Tuesday 24th September

In one of the busiest summer seasons for many years, Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 16.25 on Tuesday 24th September to go to the aid of a speedboat. The vessel had launched from Mochras, near Llanbedr and damaged its propeller off Criccieth beach. Criccieth Inshore Lifeboat attended the incident, but as there was insufficient water to return the boat to Mochras,  Barmouth Lifeboat Station was alerted and the ILB launched.  The vessel, with three persons on board, was then handed over to the volunteer crew of Barmouth ILB and towed to Barmouth harbour.

Barmouth Lifeboat History talk raises £1,500 - Tuesday 17th September

A generous crowd of locals and visitors to the area filled the Dragon Theatre last Tuesday evening, the17th September, when Fundraisers of Barmouth RNLI held an evening on the History of the Lifeboat. Norma Stockford, Voluntary Lifeboat Press Officer, gave an illustrated talk on the foundation of the RNLI by Sir William Hillary in 1824 and the arrival, in 1828, of the first Barmouth lifeboat, at a cost of £56.

In the 19th century, there were as many as 1,800 shipwrecks around our coasts each year and being shipwrecked was very much an accepted danger of life on board ship. When Barmouth was an important shipbuilding centre and a busy port, sea travel depended on wind and sail, and dangers were always present.  Norma recounted tales of daring lifeboat rescues, often in raging storms, to vessels that were shipwrecked on the notorious Sarn Badrig, off Talybont. A film was shown of lifeboat rescues at sea and by the RNLI Flood Rescue team during the floods of 2012 when volunteer crews battled to save a woman trapped in her car in a swollen river in Devon.

The appreciative audience on the evening helped raise, after expenses,  a magnificent £759. Fundraising Chairman Wendy Ponsford announced that Barclays Bank have promised to match-fund the sum raised with another £750, making an impressive total of £1,509 for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea..


Barmouth RNLI launch to aid of motor cruiser - Friday 30th August

Barmouth all-weather lifeboat the Moira Barrie launched on Friday 30 August at 2.00 p.m. to go to the aid of a motor cruiser experiencing engine difficulties.  With visibility down to 5 miles and a Force 5 southwesterly wind blowing, the volunteer lifeboat crew located the 42 ft. motor cruiser Yabba Dabba Doo off Llwyngwril.  The skipper of the vessel reported that the boat had been losing power intermittently and was unable to make any headway on one engine.  The ALB escorted the cruiser into Barmouth harbour where, with the help of the assistant harbourmaster, she was made safe on a mooring.











Barmouth lifeboat blessed at Dedication Service - Sunday 25th August

The Annual Dedication service for Barmouth RNLI lifeboats was held on Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Reverend Kevin Horswell. 

The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, was on display and the small congregation of volunteer crew, local supporters and visitors assembled in front of the boathouse for a service of hymns and prayer.

Captain John Lowe, grandson of Harold Lowe, fifth officer and hero of RMS Titanic, attended the service and brought along Harold Lowe’s photograph album from 1914 containing pictures of Barmouth Regatta and featuring the Barmouth rowing lifeboat the Jones-Gibb.  Pictured is John Lowe showing the album to Barmouth Mayor Sue Slater.

The Rev. Horswell reminded those gathered of the important role the lifeboats serve in our seaside community and concluded the service with a prayer for the safety of the crews and those rescued.

Crowds enjoy the RNLI Funday - Sunday 18th August













Fundraisers from the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI worked hard all day on Sunday 18th August, raising funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.  The All Weather lifeboat was on display out on the beach and crowds of holiday makers and local residents enjoyed the stalls, raffles, games, and barbecue as well as the chance to chat to the crew in front of the lifeboat station.  The Cox in the Stocks was popular with children eager for the opportunity to soak the coxswain with wet sponges – some of them getting pretty wet themselves too!

The Meirion Amateur Radio Society (M.A.R.S.), a small but extremely enthusiastic club formed to promote amateur radio in south Gwynedd were present at the Lifeboat Station working throughout the day to contact other radio operators all over the UK and further afield. M.A.R.S. has been an active supporter of the Barmouth branch of the RNLI for several years and representatives were proud to present the branch with a cheque for £187 for their efforts this year.

In total £1,243 was raised on the day and the RNLI would like to thank everyone for their support to this worthy cause.

Barmouth Lifeboat launches to aid of fishing vessel - Sunday 4th August

In response to a request from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Barmouth All-weather Lifeboat the ‘Moira Barrie’ was launched at 3.57 p.m. on Sunday afternoon 4th August 2013.

The crew of MV Nikki Lou, from Aberdyfi, were fishing in Cardigan Bay when the boat suffered gearbox failure leaving them drifting close to Sarn Badrig in a fresh south-westerly force four wind.

The lifeboat towed the boat back to Aberdyfi Harbour and as soon as they reached the calmer waters of the harbour, Aberdyfi Inshore Lifeboat took over and transferred the boat to the safety of the harbour wall.

Barmouth ALB returned to station by 8.00 p.m.

Fine weather brings another shout for Barmouth RNLI - Saturday 27th July

In response to a call from the Maritime Coastguard Agency Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 20.50 on the evening of Saturday 27th July to go to the aid of a jetski in trouble off the coast near Sunnysands Caravan Park.  The volunteer crew located the craft and towed it and its owner back to the shore..’

Barmouth beaches were as busy as ever - Wednesday 24th July

With people still flocking to the coast in the continuing fine weather, Barmouth beaches were as busy as ever and our RNLI volunteers kept in demand.

Early on Wednesday morning the ILB launched to assist a ferryman whose engine had broken down while on his way to his mooring. In the light norwesterly wind and the flood of the incoming spring tide, he was in danger of being swept upstream in his small rigid inflatable. The volunteer crew towed the vessel to the safety of Aberamffra harbour and stood by until the man had boarded and started his ferryboat.

Later on that afternoon, at around 5.00 p.m., a nine-year old girl was reported missing.  The ILB crew began a shoreline search of the coast and beach but, thankfully, the girl was found safe and well.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘On any busy beach, it’s easy for people to be separated or lose track of children. It’s always a good idea to agree on a meeting point should anyone become separated from the group.’

Model Sale in honour of Lifelong RNLI supporter - details here

After the death of a loyal lifeboat supporter from Barmouth, Derek Taylor, his widow has donated a variety of models (some of which are Lifeboats) to the station. All the models are the property and workmanship of the late Derek Taylor, a lifelong supporter of the RNLI. He and his wife used to staff the museum when it was on the harbour.

The models are being sold by sealed bid and all the proceeds of the sale are to go into the RNLI's funds.

The models, their descriptions and detail of how to bid can be seen on our Model Sale page . The models can also be viewed in person at the Lifeboat Station. Please call Station Mechanic Llew Griffin 07760 411 517 to arrange an appointment, or pop in between 0900-1600 weekdays and speak to the Station Mechanic.

Yacht Billick brought safely into harbour - Monday 22nd July

After a fraught weekend with fourteen calls rescuing swimmers and retrieving inflatable dinghies it was still ‘all systems go’ for Barmouth RNLI volunteers on Monday.  In response to a request from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, the crew were paged at 6.25 p.m. on 22nd July and the All-weather lifeboat the Moira Barrie was launched to go to the aid of a stricken yacht.

The sailing yacht Billick, with three persons on board, one a fourteen year-old boy, had experienced engine failure approaching Barmouth harbour.  The yacht was soon located near Barmouth Outer buoy and a towline attached.  The boat was towed to the safety of a mooring in Barmouth harbour and the Moira Barrie returned to station at 8.00 p.m.
Lifeboat Mechanic Llew Griffin said: ‘It was reassuring to see that each person on board the yacht was wearing a lifejacket and displaying such a good sense of sea safety.  The water can be extremely unpredictable and it is vital to wear a lifejacket. The RNLI believes that lifejackets save lives and are useless unless worn.’

Hectic weekend for Barmouth RNLI - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July

The hot weather brought holiday makers down in their thousands at the weekend and the packed beaches kept Barmouth RNLI volunteers busy for the entire weekend. 

On Saturday 20th July, the Inshore Lifeboat was called out on three occasions and diverted to assist others on each ‘shout’.  At 11.35 a call was received to go to the aid of two inflatable dinghies, each with two persons on board.  The ILB launched at 11.45 towed each of them ashore.  Before they returned to station, they were sent out to assist a female swimmer who was being dragged out to sea by the tide.  The boat returned to hand the casualties over to Barmouth Coastguard.

At 13.42, another report came in of two swimmers in difficulties in the water opposite the boathouse.  The ILB was despatched at 13.50 to assist and within two minutes the swimmers were located and brought ashore, each of them having swallowed a substantial amount of seawater.  After being treated by ambulance paramedics, they were airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.  While the ILB waited on the shoreline, they were alerted to a further two inflatable dinghies, again each with two persons on board and drifting out to sea.  They were successfully brought to the shore. 

Then at 15.45 the crew were paged to launch to search for a missing 76 year-old gentleman, last seen on Shell Island.  The ILB volunteers carried out a systematic shoreline search and the gentleman was located further down the coast at Benar Beach.  On their return to station at 16.15 they were diverted to a capsized catamaran and the Llanaber end of the Promenade, one person was reported in the water.  The yacht was righted and the crew were safe and well enough to carry on.
Finally, at 16.26 they brought ashore another inflatable dinghy with two persons on board, making a total of seven calls in all.

On the Sunday 21st July, the RNLI was holding its ‘Come and Visit Us Day’ when members of the public were invited to look around the boats and the lifeboat station, but the public had little chance of a close look at the Inshore Lifeboat.  The volunteer crew, who were standing by at the station, launched at 11.52 to assist two swimmers off the north end of the promenade.  From then on the boat was in constant use bringing in swimmers in difficulties and inflatable dinghies which had been blown off shore in the Force 3 easterly wind. They launched four times to a total of ten incidents, only having time to return to the boathouse for refuelling. 

A total of 14 ‘shouts’ during the weekend, coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘I cannot emphasise how important it is for the public to take heed of the weather and tide conditions when using the sea.  If it were not for the brilliant communication between the RNLI, HM Coastguard, the Welsh Ambulance Service and local harbour staff, these incidents could well have been worse on such a busy weekend.’

Heatwave becomes a busy time for Barmouth RNLI - Thursday18th July

In response to a request from the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Barmouth RNLI All-weather Lifeboat was launched at 3.30 on Thursday 18th July to a vessel in difficulties.

The 20ft cabin cruiser, Cebu, with three persons on board was located near the reef 6 miles north-west of Barmouth.  The boat had broken down and the crew were unable to restart the engine. The volunteer RNLI crew established a tow line and the boat was towed back to Barmouth harbour and placed on a mooring.  The ALB returned to station at 5.30p.m.

At 19.51 on the same day another call was received.  A small fibreglass dinghy with a young adult on board had been spotted by a member of the public paddling erratically in the channel off Barmouth harbour.  The boat had been taken from near the old lifeboat slip and was in danger of being carried out by the outgoing tide.  The Inshore Lifeboat was launched immediately and within minutes located the boat landing at the point of Trwyn y Gwaith on Ynys y Brawd.  By the time the ILB and its volunteer crew reached the point, the boat’s occupants had abandoned the dinghy, leaving it almost submerged, and fled.  The small boat was retrieved and returned to Barmouth harbour and made safe on the pontoon.

Busy weekend for Barmouth Lifeboat - Saturday 13th July

With the exceptionally fine weather and with thousands of visitors turning up for the annual Paddlesports event on Barmouth harbour and the Kite Festival on the Beach it was to be expected that the lifeboat would be called out at some point.

And on Saturday 13th July Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched three times; each time for missing children on the crowded beaches. On the first two occasions, at 12 noon and at 02.45 p,m., the crew were dressed and ready to launch but were ‘stood down’ when the children were found and returned to their relieved parents. 

On the third occasion, at 4.45p.m., a report came in of two missing children.  Within minutes, the ILB was launched and the volunteer crew began a systematic shoreline search of the area where the children were last seen.  Thankfully, these two were again found safe and well.  Before returning to station, however, a further call came in to go to the aid of a fishing boat, MV Wilma with one person on board, whose engine had broken down off the northern end of the promenade.  The ILB quickly located the vessel whose owner had been able to make temporary repairs to his engine, and they escorted the boat and its owner back to Barmouth harbour.

Next day, on Sunday 14th July, in fine weather and calm conditions again, at 12.37 a call was received from the Maritime Coastguard Agency when a dinghy had been spotted drifting offshore and the crew were asked to launch to investigate. They located the dinghy and advised those on board to move nearer to the shoreline. The crew returned the boat to the station and at 14.20 they were called to a 14ft.Bayliner Jetboat in difficulties off Fairbourne beach; the craft and owner were towed to Penrhyn Point.  Finally, at 16.30 p.m. they launched once more to the aid of a 25ft cabin Cruiser Lady Carole, which had developed engine trouble on the bar.  The ILB towed the Lady Carole,and its crew, back to the safety Barmouth harbour.

Dog Show Fundraising event Success for Barmouth Lifeboat - Saturday 29th June

Barmouth RNLI fundraisers held their first ever Dog Show on Saturday 29th June.  The All Weather Lifeboat was put on display on the beach and the apron in front of the boathouse was cordoned off to provide the perfect arena for dog-lovers to show and parade their pets.
Well over 50 owners arrived to enter dogs of all sizes in a variety of categories and they and their four-legged friends were perfectly behaved.   The event was very ably adjudicated by Charlotte Debbant of Dolgellau Vets and £578.00 was raised for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

A blustery start to the Three Peaks Yacht Race - Saturday 15th June

After a sleepless night for the skippers as their boats were tossed about on the trots in Barmouth harbour, the wind moderated slightly for the start of this year’s Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race. At 1300 hours on Saturday 15th June 2013 Barmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat led the procession out of the harbour, watched by spectators on the breakwater giving a final wave to the fifteen starting boats as they made their way out to the start line a mile out to sea.
After a clean getaway at 1400 hours, four boats led the way on the first leg.  Dido, a Spirit 46 skippered by Tom Hill of St Helier was leading at 1800 hours followed closely by the J120 Nunatak, Moby J and White Clouds.  The lead boats, who are making good time, should sail the first 62 sea miles to arrive in Caernarfon well before midnight.   Their runners will then complete the 26 mile run from Caernarfon harbour to the top of Snowdon and back in the dark.  They then board their boats for the next leg to Whitehaven where the runners generally have to complete the 48 miles of running, cycling and climbing to Scafell Pike within 24 hours of the Snowdon run, so there is little time for recovery. The runners, however, can usually get some rest on the final sea leg of 227 miles before they reach Fort William for the final climb of Ben Nevis.

One of the sailors on Dido is Pip Hare, a member of the RNLI Coastal Safety Team at Poole.   An accomplished sailor, Pip has completed two single-handed transatlantic races and was the winner IRC overall of the two-handed round Britain and Ireland Race in 2012. 

There are some very competent sailors in this year’s race, together with some very fast and experienced runners – but we are used to surprises and, as usual, it could be anybody’s race.
You can follow the progress of the yachts with the race trackers at http://www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk/followrace.php
and send messages of support to the teams via the SleepMonsters leaderboard; http://www.sleepmonsters.com/racereport.php?race_id=10465&page_action=lea .’

RNLI Fundraisers honoured - Wednesday 5th june

At the Annual General Meeting of the Barmouth and District RNLI Fundraising Committee on Wednesday 5h June, Deborah Ferns, Community Fundraising Manager for North Wales and the West presented RNLI awards to two members in recognition of their contribution to fundraising activities over many years.

Ena Ridley has been a member of the branch and loyal supporter of the RNLI for over 20 years and has played a very active role in fundraising in Fairbourne.  Ena received the RNLI’s Certificate of Thanks.  Wendy Ponsford has also been fundraising for over 20 years during which time she has held the role of Secretary and is now Chair of the Fundraising Committee.  Wendy was presented with the RNLI’s Gold Badge in recognition of her efforts.  Both ladies have been generous and reliable supporters, providing invaluable help at Lifeboat Fundraising events on both side of the Mawddach, and the awards recognise the signification contribution each of them have made to the RNLI.

‘The RNLI is grateful for the behind-scenes dedication of fundraising and lifeboat management volunteers’ said Deborah Ferns.  ‘These awards are in recognition of the many hours of hard work which these individuals have given to the RNLI. All those involved are delighted to hear of their well-deserved honours.’

Barmouth RNLI - The Boathouse rocks - Sunday 26th May

On Sunday 26th May, the sun shone on enthusiastic fundraisers from Barmouth RNLI who again turned out to raise money for their favourite charity at the annual ‘Boathouse Rocks’ event.  The Lifeboat house on the promenade was alive from 12 noon until 6.00 pm with non-stop music provided by local groups who generously gave their services free to the RNLI for the day.

Crowds of locals and holidaymakers gathered on the promenade and the beach opposite to listen to the music, and to support the RNLI at the various stalls.  The crew were kept busy too, with two shouts during the afternoon, each one resolved safely. 

Organiser Sharon Cooney, who worked tirelessly to ensure the event was a success, was delighted to report that the day raised over £1,800 towards RNLI funds; a truly marvellous result once again.  We hope that this popular and enjoyable event will be repeated again next year.

Barmouth RNLI ILB launches twice on busy Bank Holiday Sunday

Just as the annual ‘Boathouse Rocks’ fundraising music event was due to start, Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was called out this weekend.  At 11.56 pm on Sunday 26th May, a call was received to a kayaker in difficulties opposite the Coastguard Station lookout on the promenade at Barmouth. 

When the ILB arrived at the scene, they found that the kayak had capsized and its occupant was in the water.  The crew took the man on board the ILB, recovered the kayak and equipment and returned them to the shore at 12.25. 

Later that afternoon, at 15.06, another call was received; this time to locate a missing child.  The child had last been seen in the dunes opposite the Marine Hotel on Barmouth promenade and police and the lifeboat crew were alerted.  The crew, who were all at the boathouse, quickly launched and made a shoreline search.   The missing child was later found on the promenade and reunited with his parents.  The volunteer crew returned at 15.30.

Barmouth ALB Launches to Cruiser- Saturday 4th May

Barmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was launched at 4 p.m. on Saturday 4th May 2013 to a vessel that had broken down.  The volunteer crew launched and located the boat, MV Llyr, a Mitchel 31 with two persons aboard.  The crew of the vessel had experienced mechanical difficulties and had anchored just off the perch at the entrance to Barmouth.  A towline was established and the vessel was brought in to Barmouth harbour and its crew safely put ashore.

RNLI Prototype visits Barmouth - Saturday 6th April

Crowds lined the quay when the RNLI’s most advanced all-weather lifeboat visited Barmouth on Saturday 6th April.  The Shannon prototype is currently sailing around the coast of Wales and Northern England stopping off at a number of lifeboat stations that currently have Mersey class lifeboats so that the crews can familiarise themselves with the new boat and gain an idea of what they might expect in the future.

Barmouth Coxswain Peter Davies and Mechanic Llew Griffin were invited to join the crew at Fishguard to bring the boat round to Barmouth before going on to Pwllheli.

Barmouth’s Mersey Class lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, was launched to meet the Shannon out at sea and to escort her into harbour. This sleek new vessel is the RNLI’s most advanced lifeboat yet and is capable of speed up to 25 knots.  It is the first all-weather lifeboat to be powered by waterjets instead of propellers. This makes it faster and more manoeuvrable when reaching casualties and will revolutionise the way the RNLI saves lives at sea. The Shannon is fitted with Systems and Information Management system (SIMS) which allows the crew to control radio, charts, cameras and many of the boat’s functions from the safety of their seats.

Thanks to the support of the public the RNLI have reached their target of £5m to fund two Shannon all-weather lifeboats with launch and recovery vehicles which will be operational within the year.  The prototype that visited Barmouth will be stationed at Dungeness lifeboat station in November.




High Sheriff Award for Barmouth RNLI - Thursday 21st March

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies, and volunteer crew members Jackie Thomas and Daryl James, were proud to attend the High Sheriff’s Annual Crimebeat Awards, held in Ty Siamas, Dolgellau on Thursday 21st March 2013.
Each year, the High Sheriff of Gwynedd makes awards to recognise and reward the outstanding efforts of individuals, communities and voluntary-led groups who work tirelessly for the benefit of residents and visitors in Gwynedd.  Much of this work goes on unnoticed and without recognition.

In addition to the Crimebeat and Community Service Awards made, the High Sheriff of Gwynedd, Edmund Bailey, also presented his Personal Awards.  In an area dominated by mountains and sea, and after completing a 15-mile walk for charity in September 2012, the High Sherrif recognised the important role played by volunteer emergency services in the area.  For this reason, his personal awards were made to the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team and the Barmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Crew.  He had been invited to join the lifeboat crew on 16th March on one of their practice exercises in Cardigan Bay and was able to appreciate at first-hand how they give their time and effort voluntarily, often in hazardous conditions.

Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘We are proud to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the entire lifeboat and shore crew.’


Fourteen volunteer crew members of the Barmouth RNLI have been undergoing an Advanced Course in First Aid this year.

The 20-hour course was held on two evenings a week over four weeks under the instruction of Trevor Stevens, one of six Sea Survival and First Aid Instructors employed by the RNLI. 

The course meets all the necessary criteria approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency [MCA] and is recognised by the British Paramedic Association and the Anaesthetic, Trauma and Critical Care Association.

During the training course the RNLI volunteers are trained to treat a whole range of injuries and illnesses as well as being taught to use the various specialist pieces of first aid equipment which are carried on board the inshore lifeboats.
Treatment is aided by a set of waterproof check-cards that use flow charts covering every aspect of injury, illness and immersion and triage.

Coxswain Peter Davies, who also completed the course, commented that he was impressed by the exceptional commitment shown by the crew to complete this intensive course.

He said: - "This training course has equipped the crew with the skills and confidence to enable them to deal with the various types of medical emergency situation they may get involved with. It is particularly reassuring to know that we are able to ensure we have a fully trained crew on board, ready to deal with any emergency or accident situations they may encounter during the busy summer season ahead."

Each year the RNLI invests thousands of pounds to provide essential training for the Barmouth based volunteer lifeboat crew, all of which is funded by voluntary donations.


RNLI - Saunter on the Sands - Friday 25th January

The keen wind and cold weather did not deter twelve stalwart fundraisers from the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI  who met at the Lifeboathouse on Friday 25th January for a sponsored “Saunter on the Sands” to raise money for the RNLI’s biggest fundraising day.  SOS day is held on the third Friday in January of every year when supporters from all over the country raise funds for the charity in a variety of innovative ways, all with the ‘S.O.S.’ theme. The 5 mile walk took the walkers over the barrage to the Perch and along the shoreline to Llanaber as far as the tide would allow.  On their return to the Boathouse they were treated to a warming bowl of soup and crusty bread.

Sponsorship money I still coming in but between them they hope to have raised almost £400.  Thanks to the unstinting generosity of the local community for this event and the sponsored swim on New Year’s Day, fundraisers are well on their way to another good year of fundraising for the charity that saves lives at sea.


SOS Saunter on the Sands - Friday 25th January

Barmouth RNLI fundraisers will be holding a sponsored Saunter on the Sands on Lifeboat SOS day, Friday 25th January, 2013, the RNLI’s biggest day of fundraising.  Walkers will assemble at the Lifeboat Station at 1.30 pm to walk to the end of the promenade and saunter along the sands as far as the tide will allow.  The walk is not too taxing, and walkers will be rewarded by warming bowl of soup at the Lifeboathouse when they return.  Sponsorship forms are available from the Lifeboat Station or from Linda’s shop on the harbour.  Why not put on some sturdy shoes and start the year off with a brisk walk raising funds for an excellent charity?   All are most welcome.



Crowds turned out at the Lifeboat Station for Barmouth RNLI’s annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay on a dry but wintry 1st January.  Watched by friends and RNLI supporters, over 40 people of all ages took the plunge in biting north-westerly winds to raise money for the charity.  Again this year it wasn’t just for crew, they were joined by friends and visitors from far and wide. 

The very brave volunteers, some of whom had been welcoming in the New Year until the early hours, raced down the beach and plunged in the icy waters, their pale faces much rosier on the way out than at the start!  Most went in just for a quick dip but Cross-Channel swimmer Lucy Roper of Reading was one of the first in and the last out.  Lucy helps with the Harlech Triathlon and has swum the English Channel in nine relays and one solo.  Her team holds the record for the three-times crossing of the channel, so she had a distinct advantage over the other plucky plungers.

Josh Dowdall of Penarth and his daughter Millie who is only 5 years old were amongst our brave swimmers.  It was pretty cold that day so it was a very brave effort for a youngster!

Young Alice Clarke, of Stoke-on Trent, who holidays with her family in Barmouth each year, was there to present a cheque to Barmouth RNLI.  Alice attends St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School in Alsager and each year the school takes part in a Business Enterprise Project, making and selling home-made products for charity.  Alice chose Barmouth RNLI as her charity and presented a cheque for £34.83 from her group, together with her personal donation of £20 to the RNLI.



The canon was again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members and a warming barbecue brunch was served in the Lifeboat station.
The crew and volunteers are extremely grateful to locals and visitors for their unstinting generosity to the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.



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Norma Stockford, Barmouth lifeboats volunteer press officer
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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