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Christmas gift for a loyal crew member

On 23rd December 2015, the Barmouth RNLI Coxswain, Second Coxswain and Mechanic arrived at Stan Stebbings’ house in Church Street disguised as very bad carol singers. Thankfully, in addition to their very poor singing, their motive was to present Stan with the RNLI’s official certificate commemorating his eleven years’ service as a member of the RNLI Shore Crew.

The RNLI Shore Crew are responsible for getting the lifeboats out of the boathouse, across the beach and into the sea then back safely into the boathouse on their return.  Their role is equally as important as the lifeboat crews, without them diligently working in the background, there would be no rescues.

Stan has been a loyal and dependable member of the shore crew since 2004, always prepared to drop everything at a moment’s notice when the pagers call.  Like the rest of the crew he has carried out his tasks quietly and efficiently, making it look much easier than it is. As a token of the crew’s appreciation for his services, Stan was also given a gift of a short break in Llandudno for himself and his wife Angie.


Ken Jeffs, Barmouth RNLI Coxswain from 1979 to 1988

Ken at the wheel of The Chieftain when she returned to Barmouth refurbished in June 2013.

It is with great sadness that we record the death on Wednesday 25th November of Ken Jeffs, former coxswain of two of Barmouth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats - the Chieftain and the Princess of Wales.

Born in Barmouth, Ken spent his childhood on the quay.  From a boy he learned from local boatmen and fishermen and went on to join the Merchant Navy in 1946,intending to make it his career. However, when his father was taken ill he returned to Barmouth to help out in the family business at the Birmingham Garage and to run the local ambulance. It was a natural progression that he would join the RNLI in 1960, serving on the Inshore Lifeboat from1967 until 1975. 

Ken served as second coxswain on the Chieftain for nine years, becoming coxswain in 1979. He retired in 1988 after completing 28 years’ service to the RNLI.  After a spell of lobster fishing with his wife Jinny as crew on his 23ft Mitchell, the Sian in the 1970s, Ken went on to run the ferry on his boat Jo-Anne and played an integral part in the lively harbour scene at the time.

Ken was much respected, not only for his courage, but also for his extensive experience of the harbour and Cardigan bay area and for the knowledge he so willingly passed on to younger crew members. His love of the sea was obvious.  He will be sadly missed by all his family, remaining friends in Barmouth and by present members of the Barmouth Lifeboat crew.

Ken Jeffs - 2015


Antiques valuation day in aid of Barmouth RNLI

A successful and enjoyable day was held on Friday 16 October when Halls Fine Art Valuers and Auctioneers of Shrewsbury carried out an antiques valuation day in the Dragon theatre in aid of the RNLI.

People of Barmouth and the surrounding area searched in their lofts and turned out their garages to bring along an assortment of items for valuation by Shrewsbury-based Halls, whose team of experts were able to give appraisals of paintings silver, jewellery, ceramics and collectibles.

“The exciting part of holding these charity valuation days is that we have no idea what is going to turn up,” said Halls fine Art director, Jeremy Lamond. “At a previous valuation day in Barmouth, we discovered a watercolour by famous Egyptologist Howard Carter, which sold for £13,000 at auction.” It was a wonderful opportunity for people to have their valuables professionally assessed and at the same time raise money for the RNLI.


Barmouth RNLI launch to stricken motor cruiser

Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to go to the aid of a motor cruiser which had broken down in Cardigan Bay on Wednesday 7 October 2015.

Coxswain Peter Davies launched the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) at 4.30 pm in response to a call from HM Coastguard.  A 25 foot vessel, with two people on board, was soon located seven miles north-west of Barmouth. The motor cruiser Shepeeta, on passage from Pwllheli to the Bristol Channel, had suffered engine failure in the fresh force 4 north-westerly winds.  Once alongside, the volunteers attached a towline and the cruiser was brought in to Barmouth harbour.  The ALB returned to the lifeboat house at 6.30 pm. 

Pictured is the ALB towing the motor cruiser in, with two Chinook helicopters in the background.


Cycling around Britain for the RNLI

Steve McAllister from Bristol is celebrating his retirement by cycling around Britain raising funds for the RNLI.

Starting in Penlee in early September, Steve aims to cover 8,000 miles around the coastline of Great Britain and Ireland visiting 237 lifeboat stations on the way.  He arrived in Barmouth from Aberdyfi Lifeboat Station on Sunday 4th October where he was met by Coxswain Peter Davies and Lifeboat Press Officer Norma Stockford. He looked fit and well when he arrived at Barmouth, despite having to repair a puncture en route.

Steve’s mother in law was a keen supporter of the RNLI and when she died earlier this year, Steve was determined to raise funds in her memory for her favourite charity.  He started by cycling from St David’s across to Lowestoft last year and in his excitement at completing that journey, promised to complete an entire circuit of the country in aid of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.  True to his word, he is thoroughly enjoying the first month of his cycle ride and we wish him good luck on the rest of his epic journey.

Pictured is Steve McAllister with Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies.

Friends club together to purchase bench

When a new bench was erected on the harbour in Barmouth, RNLI tractor driver Colin Stebbings was delighted.  It was purchased by a group of local Barmouth people in memory of Colin’s late wife, Sue, who died earlier this year. 
Colin said ‘I was very touched that the local people should  remember Sue in this way, and would like to thank those members of the Lifeboat Crew, the Harbour Master, Fay at the Lobster Pot and all my friends on the harbour who made this happen.   It is very reassuring to be living in such a caring community and I am very grateful to all those who contributed.’

Barmouth RNLI ILB launches to stranded man

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 15.31 today to go to the aid of a man stranded on a sandbank.

The man had been paddling out towards the perch at the far end of Ynys y Brawd when he became cut off by the tide.  He tried to make his way back to the shore but could feel the strong pull of the current on the incoming tide.

The volunteer crew launched and quickly located the man. The floated the ILB as close as was safely possible to the sandbank and one of the volunteer crew paddled towards him and escorted him to the ILB.  He was returned to the safety of the main beach.

Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘It is tempting in this fine weather to walk out to these sandy areas but they can quickly be cut off by incoming tides.  The gentleman did the right thing in staying calm, remaining where he was and summoning help.’

Barmouth RNLI receives a surprise gift from Canada

While researching details of previous coxswains, Barmouth RNLI Voluntary Press Officer Norma Stockford and Operations Manager David Baily, who are in the process of producing a book on the History of Barmouth Lifeboat, have made an interesting discovery. 

Humphrey Jones was the first named coxswain of Barmouth lifeboat, a position he held for 26 years and during which time he served on both the Ellen and the Jones-Gibb lifeboats.

His obituary in the Cambrian News of 25th February 1898 describes Humphrey as ‘a descendant of one of Barmouth’s oldest families’. His grandfather was Rhys Jones, a farmer of Bodgwilim and owner of several farms in the neighbourhood and his father ‘permitted his son to become a sailor, in which calling he attained proficiency’. When he retired from the sea in 1864 Humphrey became a grocer and baker at 1 Ael y don, Barmouth, taking up the position of coxswain of the lifeboat in 1866.

The report also states that when Humphrey retired from the lifeboat service in 1892 he was presented with an illuminated address signed by RNLI Chairman Sir Edward Birkbeck and RNLI Secretary Charles Dibdin, ‘together with a binocular glass, and a purse with £26’.

So it was with great excitement that Norma received an email from Canada from ex- Barmouth resident Peter Davies, great-grandnephew of Humphrey Jones, saying that he had the very binoculars that were presented over 120 years ago, and that he would like to donate them to Barmouth lifeboat station.  Peter arrived with his family on Wednesday 23rd September to make the presentation.

Norma Stockford said ‘We are very grateful that Peter has decided to make this very generous donation and delighted that these well-travelled binoculars have come home to Barmouth again. The beautiful silver binoculars are still in their original leather case, and still work perfectly.  We will arrange for them to be displayed in the Museum section of our RNLI shop at the lifeboat station for everyone to see.’ 

Pictured left to right:  Robert Wyn Jones, ex-crew member and descendant of Humphrey Jones; Daryl James, RNLI mechanic; Simon Davies, Gwenda Davies, coxswain Pete Davies and Peter Davies.

Two Barmouth RNLI Lifeboats in yacht rescue

Both Barmouth Lifeboats were launched in a bid to save a stricken yacht that had run aground off Fairbourne beach on Saturday afternoon, 12 September 2015.

The two yachtsmen on board had been approaching Barmouth from the south and, mistaking the entrance to the harbour, they became caught in shallow waters on the south side of the bar on the point of Fairbourne beach.

The volunteer crew were paged at 5.31 and the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was with the vessel within minutes. A force 5 to 6 south westerly wind was blowing and the two men in their 22 foot sailing yacht were hard aground and taking a pounding in the surf on an incoming tide.  The ILB was finding it difficult to come alongside the stricken vessel in the rough sea and requested the help of the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) which launched at 6.01 pm.  After some time, the ALB managed to get a bowline attached and was able to tow the boat into deeper water.  At 7.00 pm the vessel was towed in to Barmouth harbour where an ambulance was waiting with paramedics to attend to the two crew, both of whom had suffered a severe bruising in the pounding waves.

After ensuring the yacht was secure alongside the harbour and the crew were in safe hands, both boats were returned to the station by 8 pm.

You can watch the video on the RNLI website here

Barmouth RNLI launch to young girl in kayak

Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat launched on Saturday 5th September in response to a request from HM Coastguard who had received a report of a kayak in difficulties off Fairbourne.

The ILB launched at 12.12pm in light south-easterly breeze of 2 to 3 knots.  The young girl, aged about ten or eleven, had launched her kayak off Fairbourne beach and had been caught in a rip tide which was dragging her towards the rocks on Friog corner.  The girl’s older sister and her father had both entered the water to try and help while the mother called the emergency services.

When the ILB crew arrived, the girls, who were both wearing wetsuits, had just made it to the shoreline, but the father was still in the water.  After ensuring that all three were safely back on the shore, the volunteer crew returned to the lifeboat station.

RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘Kayaking is becoming an increasingly popular and enjoyable sport, but the water can be extremely unpredictable and we shouldn’t underestimate its power even in a light breeze.  Both the girls were sensibly wearing wetsuits, which would have kept them warm, but the father entered the water fully clothed and he could have been in more danger of cold water shock. We were glad to see that the family were safe and not suffering any physical after effects from their experience’  

Lifeboat figurines for sale - Now Sold

We have been given three lifeboat figurines to raise funds for the RNLI.  They are collectables from Jane Hart's RNLI collection by Danbury Mint. They can be viewed at the RNLI shop at the lifeboat station.

We are asking £20 for each one or you can make what you think is a fair and reasonable offer - however please remember that all proceeds go to the RNLI.
We can post these items so collection in person is not necessary. Please use our contact details here to phone the shop if you are interested.

Always on the lookout

A lifeboat man is always vigilant at busy Bank Holiday weekends and when Barmouth RNLI coxswain, Peter Davies, was cycling down Barmouth promenade on Sunday 30th August, he spotted a flare out at sea near the outer buoy. 

Dashing to the lifeboat house he alerted the crew and the Inshore Lifeboat was launched at 12.35 pm.  The volunteer crew soon located the vessel, a rigid inflatable boat with two persons on board, which had broken down about half a mile from the outer buoy.  A line was attached to the vessel and it was towed in to Barmouth Harbour.

Busy day for Barmouth RNLI

Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew members were called out three times on Tuesday 18th August 2015.

The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 2.40pm in response to a report from an anxious member of the public that a rubber dinghy with one person on board was in danger of being swept on to the north bank on the ebbing tide.  When the volunteer crew arrived on the scene, however, the occupant of the dinghy had managed to make his way to the shore.

On their return to the boathouse, the ILB crew were immediately alerted to look for two missing children, A shoreline search was made and the children were both found safe and well on Ynys y Brawd and returned to their parents. The crew returned to the lifeboat house and the ILB was made ready for service by 3.30pm.

Later that evening, at 9.50 pm, Holyhead Coastguard requested  Barmouth ILB to go to the assistance of a motor cruiser reported to be in difficulty in Barmouth harbour. Coxswain Peter Davies and his crew launched the ILB at 9.55 and were soon alongside the vessel. The three people on board were all wearing lifejackets, but they were experiencing problems with the boat’s engine. The ILB towed the vessel back and handed them over to members of Barmouth Coastguard service alongside the pontoon in the harbour. The Inshore Lifeboat then returned to the station and was ready for service again at 10.25 pm.

Fundraising success for Barmouth RNLI on Sunday Funday

Many tourists and local residents collected at the Lifeboat Station on Barmouth promenade on Sunday 16 August to enjoy the annual Sunday Fun Day put on by fundraisers from the Barmouth Branch of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The all-weather lifeboat, Moira Barrie, was on display out on the beach and crowds enjoyed the stalls, raffles, games, tombola and barbecue as well as the chance to chat to the crew of the lifeboat station.  The Cox in the Stocks was as popular again this year, with children (and many adults too!) eager for the opportunity to soak the coxswain with wet sponges – some of them getting pretty wet themselves!

Thanks to the dedication of fundraisers, over £1,300 was raised on the day, which will be match-funded once again by Barclays Bank with a donation of £1,000.  The RNLI would like to thank Barclays for their continued generosity and the general public for their continued support for this worthy cause.

Barmouth RNLI launch to fishing boat

Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat the ‘Moira Barrie’ was launched today in fine weather and calm seas to search for a small fishing boat with one person on board.

The gentleman had launched his small Orkney Fastliner from Barmouth earlier in the day, making his way north towards Harlech, to spend the afternoon fishing out in the bay.   On his return, however, the man became disoriented and could not find his way back into Barmouth harbour. He called HM Coastguard, who in turn notified Barmouth RNLI, and the ALB was launched at 3.30pm.  Coxswain Peter Davies and the volunteer crew began a search of the area and the vessel was located approximately ten miles southwest of Barmouth, off Sarn y bwch reef.  The grateful owner and his fishing vessel were escorted back to Barmouth harbour.

Barmouth RNLI search for missing child

Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 1.56 pm today, 7th August 2015, in response to a call from HM Coastguard.

A six year-old girl, wearing a pink bathing costume, had been reported missing and was last seen on the beach in the vicinity of the RNLI boathouse 20 minutes previously. The weather was calm and clear with a north westerly force 2 breeze blowing as the ILB began a search of the coastline.

The Harbour Master, with the child’s parents, had been searching the busy beach and members of Barmouth Coastguard also joined in the search.  The child was found approximately a quarter of a mile north of her last known position and returned to her grateful parents.

The ILB returned to station at 02.25 pm

Barmouth RNLI called out to rubber dinghy

Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched on Sunday 2nd August at the request of HM Coastguard who had received a report from a member of the public concerned about a rubber dinghy off Talybont.

The ILB was launched at 1.45pm helmed by Second Coxswain Rob Williams and with RNLI volunteers Alex Hill and Dave Inglis.  The sea state was choppy with a force 3 south-easterly offshore wind gusting to force 4. They located the vessel, a two metre Zodiac inflatable boat with three persons on board, fishing off Caerddaniel Caravan Site. 

The youngsters did not feel they were in any trouble, but the danger of being swept out to sea in the gusting offshore wind and the importance of wearing properly zipped-up lifejackets was pointed out to them.  They were escorted back to the shore where they received further safety advice from the local Coastguard.

Four RNLI Lifeboats involved in search

The volunteer crew of Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat were out on exercise on 23rd July 2015, when they were brought into service.

With Second Coxswain Rob Williams at the helm,  the volunteer crew were travelling back to Barmouth via the east passage when, at approximately 8.20 pm they received a request from Holyhead Coastguard to make their way towards Pwllheli as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) signal had been picked up by an aircraft travelling to Ireland. The beacon, which is carried on all commercial boats and a majority of pleasure crafts, is activated either manually or automatically and emits an electronic signal which is picked up on a radio frequency monitored by the coastguard service.

RNLI volunteer crews from Porthdinllaen, Abersoch, and Beaumaris lifeboats and the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue 936 helicopter were also tasked.

Barmouth RNLI were asked stop any boats out on their route to Pwllheli in order  to check with them whether their EPIRB had activated accidently. Four miles short of Pwllheli harbour, the RNLI crew were stood down by HM Coastguard as the signal had been pinpointed to a craft moored in Pwllheli marina and the boat’s owner notified by local coastguard units.

They stood down at 9.00 pm and returned back to Barmouth beach by 10.00 pm, ready for service by 11.00pm.  This was an interesting experience for young Alex Hill on his first ALB shout.

Barmouth RNLI Dog show yet another howling success

Following popular events in 2013 and 2014, Barmouth RNLI fundraisers held their third Dog Show on Sunday 19th July.  Crowds collected in the sunshine as owners arrived to enter dogs of all sizes in a variety of categories. Winners and runners up of each category received a certificate and rosette and the event was very ably adjudicated by Williams’ Veterinary practice. 
The show had been organised by Doreen Andrews along with RNLI fundraisers and crew, whose hard work realised £312.00 for the RNLI

‘Best in Show’ was awarded to Penny, shown by Jess Cruttwell-Brown from Shrewsbury, Penny was also judged the most obedient dog.

Winning categories:

BEST LARGE DOG:  Gary Marklew from Midlands with MAX
BEST MEDIUM DOG: Julie Jones from Barmouth with STAN
BEST SMALL DOG: Paul Knight from Walsall with MINNIE MAY
BEST RESCUE DOG: Daniel Griffith from Barmouth with BELLA
BEST CHILD WITH DOG:  Lily May Tudor from Stoke on Trent with TOBY
BEST PUPPY:  Abby Stubbs from Somerset with KIKKA
BEST DOG ON HOLIDAY: Sandrea Mosses from Womborne with TITUS
DOG WITH WAGGIEST TAIL: Nina Atanassova from Birmingham with LUCY
MOST OBEDIENT DOG: Jess Cruttwell-Brown from Shrewsbury with PENNY
BEST IN SHOW:  Jess Cruttwell-Brown from Shrewsbury with PENNY

The next event will be the Annual Fun Day on 16th August.  It  will be held at the Lifeboat Station on the promenade at Barmouth and both the Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats will be on display. It is a perfect opportunity for everyone to see exactly how their donations help save lives at sea.


Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launches to jet ski

Barmouth RNLI volunteers launched on Thursday 16th July in response to a report of a driverless jet ski and a person in the water.  This was a first shout for new volunteer crew member Alex Hill.

The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 4.40pm and was quickly on the scene where the jet ski was discovered floating about half a mile off Caerddaniel Caravan Site.
After ensuring that there was no-one in the water in the vicinity, it became apparent that the owner of the jet ski was on the beach.  After assessing the situation Helmsman Rob Williams and volunteer crew member Bob Vaughan made the decision that it would be safer if crew member Bob Vaughan rode the jetski back to shore rather than tow it through the surf.

The craft was returned to the shore where the owner explained that it had drifted off from the shoreline and was carried out to sea.  He had tried to retrieve it but after swimming out for some considerable distance, realised that this would not be possible and returned to the shore.

When the volunteer crew returned with his watercraft, the owner, a local man, was most apologetic and embarrassed at having troubled them. 

Daryl James, Barmouth RNLI Mechanic said ‘Members of the public should never be afraid to contact the Lifeboat Service if there is any possibility of someone being in danger at sea.  The gentleman concerned did exactly the right thing by returning to the safety of the shore.  It is better to be safe than sorry.’

The grateful jet ski owner thanked the volunteer crew and later made a contribution to the RNLI.




Barmouth RNLI All-weather lifeboat launches to local fishing boat

Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat the ‘Moira Barrie’ launched on Monday 29th June 2015 to go to the aid of a fishing boat reported to be in difficulties one mile off Barmouth. 

The MV Aqua, a local lobster fishing boat with two people on board, had suffered a total mechanical failure and the crew were unable to restart the engine.

The ALB was launched at 2.43 pm and in the clear, calm conditions were soon alongside the fishing boat.  The volunteer crew attached a line to the stricken vessel and she was towed in to Barmouth harbour where she was put on a mooring.  The ALB returned to station by 17.00m.

Joint Exercise for Barmouth RNLI and New Search and Rescue helicopter.

The new HM Coastguard S-92 helicopter joined Barmouth RNLI for their exercise on Thursday evening 25th June 2015.
Operated by Bristows and based at Caernarfon Airport, the new Sikorsky S-92 takes over from Search and Rescue 22 Squadron RAF Valley on 1st July. The Sikorsky S92 is a ‘state of the art’ twin-engined helicopter which has been proven to be very reliable in search and rescue situations and is fitted with the latest equipment.  The change will mean an end to the familiar yellow RAF and red and grey Royal Navy Sea King helicopters which have rescued countless seafarers in the past; the new helicopters carry the red and white colours of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Previously, UK Search and Rescue in Wales was carried out by the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue (SARF) from RAF Valley with whom Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew have had a long and excellent working relationship.

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘It was a very good and informative session.  The crew and I are grateful for the opportunity of exercising with the new aircraft and look forward to working with SAR personnel in future.’

Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat called out to inflatable boat

In response to a request from HM Coastguard, Barmouth RNLI launched on Wednesday 24th June 2015.  Holyhead Coastguard had been alerted by a member of the public who was concerned about a group of youngsters in a small dinghy aimlessly circling at the entrance to Barmouth Harbour. The boat appeared to be low in the water and drifting on the ebb tide.

The volunteer crew launched the Inshore Lifeboat at 6.36 pm and were quickly on the scene where they found a small inflatable boat with three young people on board. The occupants were were unaware that they could be in any danger and were advised by the RNLI crew to make their way back to shore near the point of Ynysybrawd.

Members of HM Coastguard met them as they beached their craft and the hazards of paddling out in a small inflatable boat on an outgoing tide were explained to them. They were also advised of the danger of capsizing such a small boat in the entrance to the main shipping channel.

Generous donation to RNLI

Alice Palmer and her family of Chesterfield in Derbyshire visited Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Wednesday 17th June to make a donation to the RNLI in memory of her husband Ken who died recently.  

A keen sailor and life-long supporter of the RNLI, Ken kept a boat at Shell Island for over thirty years and enjoyed many hours sailing in to Barmouth, one of his favourite harbours. Ken and Alice’s son Matthew Palmer, now a renowned watercolour artist and TV presenter, was first inspired to paint at Shell Island and enjoyed being shown around the All-Weather lifeboat by Mechanic Daryl James.
Pictured are Alice and her family, with 8-month old grandson Oliver, presenting their donation of £250 to Operations Manager David Baily on the All-Weather Lifeboat the ‘Moira Barrie’


Family make donation to RNLI

Annette Osborne and her family of Wolverhampton called at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Friday 12th June to make a donation to the RNLI in memory of their mother Gwendoline Falk who died in April 2015.  Gwendoline had been a life-long supporter of the RNLI and had spent many years helping her late husband Carl in his position as Chairman of the Dudley branch of the RNLI.
Pictured are Annette and her brother Kevin Shepherd presenting their cheque for £450 to Peter Phillips with Operations Manager David Baily and Mechanic Daryl James on the All-Weather Lifeboat the ‘Moira Barrie’.

Barmouth RNLI called out to inflatable boats

Barmouth RNLI were called out on Thursday evening, 11th June 2015; they had been alerted by a member of the public who had spotted a group of small dinghies off Barmouth promenade which appeared to be drifting offshore.

The volunteer crew launched the Inshore Lifeboat at 6.50 pm and were quickly on the scene where they discovered three inflatable dinghies with five persons on board about 250 metres from the shore. The occupants were local teenagers who were unaware that they were drifting out to sea in the easterly offshore breeze; the occupant of one boat was struggling to get ashore.  The young people were helped back to safety, where the danger of paddling out in inflatable boats when the wind was blowing offshore was explained to them.

‘There is always a danger, even in a light breeze, of inflatable boats being swept out to sea when an easterly wind is blowing and the tide is going out’ said Operations Manager David Baily. ‘However, the youngsters did the right thing in staying with their boats, it is always best in this sort of situation to stay with the boat and not to try and swim ashore.’

Barmouth RNLI fundraisers honoured

At the Annual General Meeting of Barmouth and District RNLI Fundraising Committee, Deborah Ferns, Community Fundraising Manager for North Wales and the West presented the RNLI’s Thanks on Vellum to two fundraisers in recognition of their contribution to fundraising activities over many years.
Joan Probert has been a member of the Fundraising Committee for 33 years and has faithfully turned out to help in the many RNLI events held. William Burton has been in charge of organising RNLI Flag days for 15 years, during which time over £22,500 has been raised though Flag Day collections.

Fundraising Chairman, Wendy Ponsford, said "The RNLI would not exist without the behind-the-scenes dedication of our fundraising volunteers. These awards are in recognition of the many hours of hard work which both Joan and William have given to the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. All those involved in the Barmouth and District Branch are delighted to hear of these very well-deserved honours.”

(Pictured are Joan Probert and William Burton receiving their framed vellums from Deborah Ferns.)

Barmouth RNLI launch to driverless RIB

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched today 29th May 2015 in response to a report that a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) had been spotted circling off Caerddaniel, Llanaber. 

The RNLI volunteer crew launched at 12.17 pm and quickly located the vessel; there appeared to be nobody on board and the boat continued circling offshore.  After ensuring that there was no-one in the water in the vicinity of the vessel, and after carefully assessing that it was safe to do so, the volunteer crew managed to put a crew member aboard and bring it safely to the shore.

The owner of the RIB, who had been thrown out of the boat but had managed to struggle ashore, was on the shoreline with members of HM Coastguard when the volunteer crew beached the boat.

Coxswain Peter Davies said ‘In this instance, we are glad that no-one was injured and that the lifeboat crew were able to make the boat safe.’ He also issued a timely reminder to all owners and operators of powerboats and RIBs that it is essential to remember to wear a killcord at all times.  ‘They are as important as a lifejacket and are there to protect you’ he said.

Barmouth RNLI join search for missing boy

Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat launched at 12.15 am on Wednesday 17th May to assist in the search for a fourteen year-old boy reported missing from Ynysfechan Hall, Arthog.

Search and Rescue helicopters, HM Coastguard and police were involved in the search for the boy, who had been missing for some hours.  The volunteer crew began a thorough search along the river Mawddach from Barmouth Bridge when they received a report that he had been found near Abergwynant woods.  The crew stood down and returned to Barmouth Lifeboat station at 12.45.

Boathouse rocks for RNLI

On Bank Holiday Sunday, 24th May, enthusiastic fundraisers from Barmouth RNLI again turned out  to raise money for their favourite charity at the annual ‘Boathouse Rocks’ event.  From 12 noon the lifeboat house on the promenade was alive with non-stop music provided by Batala Bermo and local groups and musicians who came together and generously gave their services free to the RNLI for the day.

The lifeboats were put on the beach ready to launch and crowds gathered outside the boathouse to listen to the music and join in the fun.  The tombola stall, with many wonderful prizes donated by local businesses was a great success.  Home-baked cakes were on sale and the coxswain and crew served up tasty pork baps to hungry holidaymakers. Eve Williams’ creation of ‘Lifeboat Sam’ cut-out was popular with the youngsters who queued up for a photo opportunity.

Organiser Sharon Cooney was delighted to report that the day raised over £1,760 towards RNLI funds; a truly marvellous result once again.  Barmouth RNLI would like to thank all those local businesses from as far as Harlech who gave so generously towards the tombola prizes. They would also like to thank all the bands for performing and for their continued support to the charity that saves lives at sea.  We hope that this popular and enjoyable day will be repeated next year.


RNLI fundraiser welcomed to Barmouth by lifeboat crew

RNLI mechanic Daryl James had yet another visitor to the lifeboat station on Tuesday 5  May, when RNLI fundraiser Adam Short called in to say hello as part of his 5000 mile trek around the UK coast.

Adam set off from Southampton on  6 March 2014 and over the past 13 months he has walked anti-clockwise around the UK coastline, carrying a tent and inflatable kayak on his back, raising funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.. 

After camping overnight at Shell Island, Adam made his way to Barmouth where he received a warm welcome from the Coxswain, Mechanic and the Visits Officer.  Adam told them ‘I’m now on my eighth pair of walking boots since starting the trip!’

He aims to continue to cross Barmouth Bridge tomorrow on his way to Aberdyfi, hoping to cover between 14 and 18 miles per day. He has about 1,400 miles to go.

The fundraiser is blogging his journey and recording his trip on Facebook and Twitter, taking photos of every lifeboat as he walks around the country.   Adam hopes to finish the challenge in August, 17 months since he started his ‘long walk home’.

If you would like to sponsor Alan on his fundraising challenge please visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/UKCoastalTrek4RNLI/ 


RNLI volunteers rasie money for their Life-Saving Charity

RNLI volunteers Dave Fowells and Jamie McCrill made a fleeting visit to Barmouth lifeboat station on Wednesday, 29 April.

The pair set off on Saturday from the Severn Bridge and plan to cycle around the coast of Wales raising money for their favourite organisation, the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Both are members of the Aberdyfi crew and are only too aware of the need to support the RNLI to enable them to continue to train and equip volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards to the highest standard.


Barmouth RNLI give it some welly

Volunteer crew members, fundraisers, families and friends gathered at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Sunday 3rd May for their Bank Holiday ‘Yellow Welly Walk’ to raise money for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Despite the dismal weather they strode out to the end of the promenade, the crew leading in their distinctive yellow wellies.  Well-wishers cheered them on and collecting boxes were soon filled. Each walker was presented with a Yellow Welly badge and yellow-themed refreshments served in the boathouse on their return.

Thanks to the efforts of faithful fundraisers and a loyal crew who always give their best to boost fundraising efforts, the sum of £358.89 was raised for the lifeboat charity.

A well-earned send off

Past and present volunteer crew members, together with shore crew, station officers and fundraising volunteers gathered at Barmouth RNLI lifeboathouse today to mark the retirement of RNLI mechanic Llew Griffin who had served for 26 years in the post.

A keen single-handed sailor, Llew intends to spend more time doing the one thing he loves, sailing his distinctive yellow trimaran, Cayman.  Coxswain Peter Davies presented Llew with a very appropriate farewell gift, an ergonomic ocean lifejacket with light and hood and a personal locator beacon to use when he is braving the elements alone offshore.
The event provided an ideal photo-opportunity for other volunteer crewmembers too, with three generations of coxswains and mechanics present.

Mayday Walk for Yellow Wellies








Mayday! Mayday! Come and join Barmouth RNLI at the Lifeboathouse on the promenade at 2 pm on Sunday May 3rd and walk to the end of the promenade with them in your wellies. If you haven’t any wellies, come along anyway. Entry is just £1 and you get a yellow welly badge for joining in. There will be cakes and treats on sale and tea, coffee and soft drinks served in the boathouse afterwards

Barmouth RNLI launches to Motor Cruiser

Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was called out for the second time in a week on Monday 21st April 2015.  Coxswain Peter Davies and the volunteer crew launched the ALB at 11.30 am to go the aid of a 28ft motor cruiser Equinox which had suffered a mechanical failure and was being assisted by Aberdyfi inshore lifeboat.  The Moira Barrie was on scene just off Sarn y Bwch by 12.07 where the tow was handed over to the ALB and the boat and its occupants towed in to the safety of Barmouth harbour.



Barmouth RNLI launches to Motor Sailer

Barmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was called out on Sunday 19th April to go to the aid of a 25ft motor-sailer which had broken down in the channel and was reported to be taking in water. The volunteer crew launched at 10.45 and located the stricken vessel, with two adults and two children on board, near the bar buoy where the fishing boat MV Viking had been standing by with her until the ALB arrived. 

A tow was attached to the motor sailing boat Pelican and the vessel and the family on board were towed to the safety of Barmouth harbour.


RNLI Mechanic gets a memorable send-off

Barmouth RNLI Mechanic Llew Griffin retired on 10 April after serving 26 years in the post.  A member of Barmouth lifeboat for a total of 36 years, Llew first joined the volunteer crew in 1979.  He has been well-respected for his detailed local knowledge and for his expert mechanic and navigational skills.

To mark his retirement, both the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) and the inshore lifeboat (ILB) turned out for a practice exercise on Thursday evening 9 April and Llew was delighted to be winched aboard the Sea King helicopter from 22 Squadron, RAF Valley as part of the exercise.

Taking on the role of Mechanic is Barmouth’s Daryl James, volunteer crew member since July 2004. Daryl began in his new post as part of a transitional phase two weeks ago and says he is: ‘delighted to be taking on this exciting and challenging position’.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, David Baily, said: ‘We are sorry to lose Llew’s expertise as mechanic, but very happy to hear that he has agreed to stay on as a member of the volunteer crew.’


Barmouth RNLI Volunteers create a Splash

Keen south-westerly winds were not enough to deter the hardy volunteers of Barmouth RNLI from taking their annual dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay on New Year’s Day.
Despite the weather, crowds of supporters thronged the beach and promenade to watch between 40 and 50 men, women, children - and dogs - take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI.

At 11 am, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, they raced down the beach and plunged into the icy water, some in fancy dress, some in wetsuits, and once again the local coastguard joined in!

The volunteer crew were joined again this year by friends and visitors from far and wide, bringing a welcome splash of colour and fun to the first day of the New Year on Barmouth beach. Hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast were served in the Lifeboat station, and the canon was again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.
The coxswain and his volunteer crew are extremely grateful to locals and visitors for their continuing generosity to the RNLI, and wish to thank everyone for their support to the charity that saves lives at sea.



For further information about these News items please contact
Norma Stockford, Barmouth lifeboats volunteer press officer
on 01341 280742 or 07917 245882, or email her at our contacts page


or Danielle Rush, RNLI Divisional Media Relations Manager Wales and West on 01745 585162 / 07786 668829

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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