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Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to yacht with engine failure.

The volunteer crew of Barmouth RNLI were paged a 1.18 pm on Tuesday 17 July 2018 when reports were received that a yacht with two people on board was drifting in an ebb tide off Llwyngwril.

The weather was fine with a gentle north easterly force 2 wind and good visibility when the D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 01.25 pm with RNLI volunteer Tim Evans at the helm. This was Tim’s first shout since he passed out as ILB helm the previous week.

When the crew reached the 26 foot visiting yacht Stram, they noted that neither of the two people on board was wearing a lifejacket. After issuing safety advice about the importance of wearing lifejackets, a rope was attached and the boat was towed back to Barmouth harbour and made safe alongside the quay wall. The ILB returned to station at 3.00 pm.


Barmouth RNLI launch to yacht in collision with Barmouth bridge.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched on Thursday 12th July when a report that a yacht with four persons on board had been in collision with Barmouth Bridge was received.

The volunteers were paged at 7.31 am and the D Class ILB Craig Steadman was launched at 7.37. The all weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was also launched but was recalled as it reached the shoreline after the situation had been assessed by the ILB crew.

On arriving at the scene at 7.40 am the ILB volunteer crew discovered the 20 foot yacht Dinadaw with its mast lodged under Barmouth Bridge. The men had intended going out for a day’s fishing when the engine failed and they were swept into the bridge by the fast incoming tide.

One man had already been taken off the stricken vessel by a local boat owner in his RIB, the remaining three were then taken aboard the ILB and delivered to the care of the local Coastguard on the harbour. The ILB then returned to the bridge and, after careful assessment of the situation, were able to attach a rope and tow the boat through the harbour where it was made safe against the quay wall. The ILB returned to station and was ready for service again by 8.30 am.


Fine weather keeps Barmouth RNLI busy

In the continuing heatwave, Barmouth RNLI volunteers were called out once again this week to go to the aid of a pleasure boat with mechanical failure.

The volunteers were paged at 2.23 pm on Saturday 7th July 2018 to a boat which had broken down half a mile offshore off Barmouth promenade.

The pleasure boat MV Viking Princess was on a fishing trip in Cardigan Bay when she suffered mechanical failure.  Coxswain Peter Davies and the volunteer lifeboat crew launched the all weather lifeboat (ALB), the Moira Barrie at 2.35 pm and soon located the vessel, with ten passengers aboard, half a mile offshore.  In fine weather and calm conditions, a towline was attached to the Viking Princess and the boat was towed to the Barmouth harbour where the passengers were able to safely disembark.

The ALB returned to station and was ready for service again by 4.30 pm.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launches to broken down cruiser

In response to a call from Holyhead Coastguards on Wednesday 4 July, 2018 Barmouth RNLI volunteers launched the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman at 3.00 pm, after reports had been received of a motor cruiser which had broken down off Barmouth.

They arrived at the scene at 3.03 pm to find the 28ft motor-cruiser Equinox with two people on board.  The boat had been taking in water and the skipper was unable to use the engine.

The volunteer crew attached a rope to the stricken vessel and towed it in to Barmouth harbour where it was made safe. The ILB then returned to station and was made ready for service again by 3.50 pm after its fourth call out this week.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launches to Sunnysands Caravan Park.

In response to a call from Holyhead Coastguards at 11.39 am on Monday 2 July, 2018 Barmouth RNLI volunteers launched the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman, after reports had been received of a woman in distress on rocks near Sunnysands Caravan Park, Talybont.

They arrived at the scene at 11.50 am and found that members of North Wales Police and Holyhead Coastguard were present and giving assistance. 

The volunteer crew were then stood down and returned to station where the ILB was made ready for service again by 12.15 am.

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat called out twice to busy beaches

As record temperatures continued in North Wales, Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman, was called out twice on Sunday 30th June 2018.

The crew were paged at 3.09 pm when reports of three young children, all under 12 years old, missing on the beach opposite Heol y Llan, were received.  One of the children was last seen near the water’s edge.

The volunteer crew launched at 3.20 pm and were conducting a shoreline search of the area when a message was received at 4.20 pm that they had been found by the Coastguard. The ILB returned to the station and was ready for service again by 4.45pm.

Later that evening at 7.55pm, they were again alerted by Holyhead coastguard that a report had been received from a member of the public, of an inflatable dinghy with what appeared to be one person on board, drifting out towards the northern end of the promenade near the Coastguard Station.

Volunteers and crew were enjoying a barbecue near the station when the report was received so were able to launch immediately and were on scene by 8.14 pm. On arrival, they were surprised to discover that the dinghy was in fact an inflatable unicorn!  After ensuring that no-one was in the water in the area, the ILB returned to station at 8.37 pm to resume their social evening in the sunshine.

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain said: ‘While our volunteers are quite used to white horses, they do not usually go chasing unicorns or any other mythical creature in Cardigan Bay!  However the information received was entirely credible and it is understandable that the person thought it was and dinghy and we are glad that it was reported.  It is always best to err on the side of safety in these cases.’

The unicorn was brought ashore and the boat was ready for service by 20.45.

RNLI and Cyngor Gwynedd produce safety signs on Barmouth beach

Seven sea safety signs have been installed around the main access points to Barmouth’s Blue Flag beach.

Mr Trevor Lewis, Barmouth RNLI’s Community Safety Officer, has been working closely with the Gwynedd County Council Maritime and Country Parks Department to produce the signs which provide beach safety advice and information about local facilities for beach-goers.

The RNLI has initiated a nation-wide Respect the Water (RTW) Campaign to reduce the incidence of coastal fatalities and to help people enjoy the coast safely. The provision of the Barmouth Beach safety advice on the signs is part of this RTW strategy.

RNLI Community Safety Officer Mr Lewis said:

‘The RNLI advice is to be aware of potential hazards due to weather and tide conditions. Even in fine weather the tide can cause rip currents and tidal cut off on sand banks. Heavy surf can result in undercurrents that can quickly carry bathers out of their depth. It is recommended that visitors seek local advice from beach wardens, the Harbour Master or the RNLI.

Children using inflatables are particularly at risk, especially when used during an off-shore wind that could sweep them well out to sea before the lifeboat can reach them. It is also important to avoid entering the water in the harbour area due to dangerously strong currents and soft mud.’

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain, Peter Davies said:

‘It has been a concern for some time that visitors to the area are unaware of the potential dangers of entering the water at certain stages of the tide and I welcome any initiative that encourages people to use the coastline safely. I am grateful to our Community Safety Officer for the hours of hard work he has put in to making these signs a reality. He offers sea safety advice at all our events in and around Barmouth and plays a vital part in the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.’

For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Trevor Lewis, Barmouth RNLI Community Safety Officer on 01341280252 or tlb.lewis@outlook.com.

Barmouth RNLI Dog Show

Barmouth RNLI’s popular Dog Show proved to be a crowd-puller again this year, on a hot and sunny Sunday on 24 June 2018. From 1.30 pm owners arrived at the Lifeboat Station to enter their dogs of all sizes and in a variety of classes. Winners and runners up of each category received a certificate and rosette and the event was very ably adjudicated by Alice Whittle from Williams’ Veterinary practice, with certificates presented by Deputy Mayor of Barmouth, Phil Hill.

‘Best in Show’ was awarded to Storm brought along by Issy Downing from Bangor who also won Best Dog with child.

Winning categories:
BEST SMALL DOG: Cassie – with Sarah Denson from Wolverhampton
BEST MEDIUM DOG: Tess – with Lark Davies and Milo Jones from Barmouth
BEST LARGE DOG: Buddy – with Jan Martin from Stafford
BEST RESCUE DOG: Pippa - with Steph Seddon from Bolton
BEST CHILD WITH DOG: Storm - with Issy Downing from Bangor
BEST PUPPY: Bear - with Karen Wyre from Barmouth
BEST DOG ON HOLIDAY: Cassie - with Sara Denson from Wolverhampton
DOG WITH WAGGIEST TAIL: Ruby - with Alison Anderson from Barmouth
MOST OBEDIENT DOG: Jake - with Nikki Lewis from Barmouth
DOG THAT LOOKS MOST LIKE ITS OWNER: Oscar with Andrew Ayres from Talybont
BEST OLDER DOG OVER 10 YEARS: Oscar with Andrew Ayres from Talybont
BEST IN SHOW: Storm - with Issy and Joey Downing from Bangor

There was further excitement for everyone when the pagers sounded at 2.08 pm and Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat the Craig Steadman was launched to look for a missing girl with a bodyboard near Barmouth Bay Caravan Park. Fortunately she was soon found safe and well by her anxious father and the boat returned to station by 2.25pm.

The dogs taking part however, were not at all perturbed by the extra activity and behaved impeccably all afternoon. It was a great turnout and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Best in SHow


Dolphins in the bay

Dolphins playing in front of the Moira Barrie

Barmouth RNLI called out to broken down boat off Sarn Badrig

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.21 pm on Sunday 3rd June 2018 to go to the aid of a boat which had broken down off Sarn Badrig. In fine weather and calm seas, the all weather lifeboat (ALB) Moira Barrie was launched at 16.25 pm and was with the fishing boat, the Thelma with four people on board, 8 miles west of the causeway buoy. The boat had run out of fuel with less in the reserve tank than the skipper thought. A tow was established and the boat was brought in to harbour where it was made safe on it mooring. The crew were accompanied by a school of dolphins on the way in. The ALB returned to the boathouse and was ready for service again by 10.40 pm.

Barmouth RNLI receive donation of £700

Mrs Margaret Mason and her family made a special trip from Wolverhampton on Sunday to present a donation for £700 to Barmouth RNLI in memory of her husband Philip Mason.

Philip had been a life-long supporter and admirer of the work of the RNLI. He and his wife Margaret had been bringing their family to Barmouth for holidays for over 50 years, and no visit to the coast was complete without a visit to the lifeboat station.

They were met by Coxswain Peter Davies when they arrived on Sunday 3rd June to make the presentation who said:
‘We are very grateful to the Mason family for remembering us. Generous donations like these help enormously to help train our lifesavers and provide them with the kit they need to continue to save lives at sea.’

Pictured from R to L are: Shore crew member Rob Triggs, Jeanette Grant, Coxswain Peter Davies, Kevin Mason, Adrian Mason and Mrs Margaret Mason.

Despite the weather, the Boathouse still Rocks for Barmouth RNLI

Visitors and volunteers got a soaking when the annual Boathouse Rocks music event in aid of Barmouth RNLI took place on Sunday 27 May 2018

The day started fine when local musicians set up their equipment and started playing, drawing crowds to the RNLI Boathouse on the promenade. But soon threatening clouds appeared along with thunder and alarming downpours, but despite the rain, the stalwart musicians played on.

The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, had been towed on to the beach, and visitors soon took shelter in the boathouse to listen to the music, and to enjoy a barbecue lunch and the usual array of tea and cakes.

Just in time, the changeable weather took a turn for the better and Roy Ellis and Al Dean performed alongside local musicians. For the second year running 19 year-old singer/songwriter Callum Wright from Nantwich held the audience spellbound, while local boy Tegid Evans and his band Session wowed all his ex-school friends with his musical talent.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘We are so grateful for the continued support we get from our ever-faithful musicians who give their time to free to the RNLI each year for this immensely popular event. Our thanks also go to the crew and fundraisers, who worked tirelessly from early morning to make the day such a huge success. They all enabled us to raise a magnificent £1,149.65 from the event. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the many local firms and organisations for their unstinting generosity once again. It turned out to be a great afternoon - Barmouth’s very own Big Weekend!”.

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. 

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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.

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