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Four Barmouth RNLI volunteers return from training course at RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

Four volunteer lifeboat crewmen returned last week from hands-on training held at the RNLI’s headquarters in Poole. Dan Griffith, Paul Williams, Angus Massey and Tom Allday (pictured here with coxswain Peter Davies) undertook the charity’s intensive Crew Emergency Procedure and Sea Survival training, funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

As well as classroom theory lessons, they were required to undergo realistic and demanding emergency procedures in the RNLI Sea Survival Centre's 25m wave-generating tank, enduring simulated storm conditions including cold, darkness and lightning whilst conducting ‘abandon ship’ procedures and deploying life rafts.

Dan Griffiths, who works for local butcher David Jones, said:

It had always been an ambition of mine to join the RNLI, and I was delighted when this became a reality in 2015. Being part of the Barmouth crew is an honour; everyone has been so approachable it is like being part of a big family. The camaraderie too, is great - and the age of the whole team ranges from 17 to 50-something! The training course at Poole was excellent and exceeded my expectations. It was as if everything I had learnt in the past three years here at Barmouth has been put in perspective and this course brought it all together.’

The four, who all live locally, agree the course was strenuous but thoroughly enjoyable and say that giving something back to the community in such a challenging way is both exciting and rewarding. They considered it a privilege to receive such excellent, confidence-boosting training and they will continue giving up their time to ensure they remain highly trained and exercise regularly with Barmouth’s Mersey Class and D Class lifeboats.

Coxswain Peter Davies, said:

Providing regular training for our crews, both in Poole and here in Barmouth, is vitally important and we are fortunate to have recruited young local people who have the potential, with the help of the first class training available to them, to make excellent crew members.’

To date, the Lloyds Register Foundation has supported the training of over 3000 RNLI volunteer crew, a record which the charity values immensely.



Barmouth RNLI launch to report of red flare

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 9.35 pm on Sunday 6 May 2018 when a report of a red flare being seen off the promenade had been received.

In a calm sea with good visibility, the volunteer crew launched the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) The Craig Steadman at 9.50 pm and a systematic coastline search was carried out. After a thorough investigation of the area using powerful searchlights, nothing was found and the ILB returned to station at 10.50 pm.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘This appears to have been a false alarm, but with good intent. We are always grateful to members of the public for reporting incidents like this to the Coastguard. It is always better to be safe than sorry.’

Charity walker Zoe visits Barmouth RNLI

Outdoor Pursuits Instructor Zoé Penfold was met by Coxswain Peter Davies when she visited Barmouth RNI Lifeboat station on Sunday afternoon, 29 April 2018, on her charity walk around Wales.

Zoé set off on 4th April walking the Wales Coastal Path raising money for the RNLI and the Homeless Charity, Shelter. To date, she has covered 350 miles of her epic journey and has another 520 miles to go. She hopes to complete the whole of the path, finishing at her destination in Chepstow in 60 days, calling in at Lifeboat Stations along the way. She has been very impressed by the generosity of people along the way and has budgeted on spending just a £1.00 per day, spending some very cold nights camping out.

Setting off from Llandanwg today, she expects to make the 26k to Aberdyfi on Monday finishing in Chepstow in early June.

You can support Zoé by visiting her fundraising page at: https:///www.justgiving.com/fundraising/zoe-coastpath and follow her fundraising venture on her Facebook page - Zoé walks the Wales Coast Path.

Pictured L to R: Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies, Zoe Penfold and Lifeboat Press Officer Norma Stockford.

Barmouth RNLI called out to broken down fishing boat

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 12.38 pm on Thursday 19th April 2018 to go to the aid of a fishing boat which had broken down off Llwyngwril with electrical failure. In fine weather and calm seas, the all weather lifeboat (ALB) Moira Barrie was launched at 12.45 pm and was with the fishing boat, the MVAqua, off Borthwen Caravan site, Llwyngwril by 1.05 pm. A tow was established and the boat was brought in to harbour where it was made safe alongside the quay wall. The ALB returned to the boathouse and was ready for service by 2.45 pm.

For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882

Barmouth RNLI hold Easter tombola event.

On a very cold and wet Easter Monday, Stormy Stan did his best to draw in the crowds to the Lifeboat Station on a windy promenade for Barmouth RNLI’s Easter tombola. The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, was on display on the beach and stalls were set up in the shelter of the boathouse. There were many excellent prizes to be won on the tombola stall and a delicious assortment of home-made cakes on sale. The Community Safety Officer’s stall’s offered advice on how to stay safe at sea with the RNLI’s Respect the Water Campaign. The raffle for the Giant Easter Egg was won by Sharon Cooney. Thanks to the dedication of fundraisers and crew, and to the generosity of the public, £480.39 was raised on the day. Barmouth RNLI would like to thank all those who braved the weather for their continued support for this worthy cause.

Barmouth ILB launches to family stuck in mud

Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), the Craig Steadman, was tasked at 6.39pm on Sunday 1st April 2018 to go to the aid of two persons reported to be stuck in the mud in Barmouth harbour. The volunteer crew launched the ILB at 6.45pm and were at the scene within a few minutes where they found the casualties, a father who was carrying a small baby. He and his young son were stuck in thick mud up to their knees. As the crew arrived on scene, Johnny Johnson, a local fisherman, managed to free them and helped the family into his dinghy. The casualties were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat and taken to the pontoon alongside the harbour wall. When they were assured that the young family were safe and no medical intervention was required, the volunteer crew returned to the station at 7.00 pm and the boat was washed down and made ready for service by 7.30pm.

A New Years day splash for Barmouth RNLI

Brave volunteers and supporters of Barmouth RNLI turned out once again on a cold January morning for their annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay.  Crowds gathered at the boathouse on Barmouth promenade to watch over sixty friends and visitors from far and wide take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI.

At 11 am, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, young and old raced down to the shoreline and threw themselves into the sea. Under the watchful eye of the crew of the Barmouth RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman and the UK Coastguard service, they brought a welcome splash of colour and fun to the first day of January 2018.
After their dip, hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast were served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘All our RNLI volunteers and fundraisers are extremely grateful to locals and visitors who came from all corners of the UK to take part in the dip.  Not only for their bravery today, but for their enthusiasm and continuing support for the charity that saves lives at sea. We have raised over £1,000 today and there is still more sponsorship money to be collected. This is a great start to another year of fundraising, thank you all very much.’



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


Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk. 

and you can also visit the official RNLI Press Centre at :-

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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