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Shell Island Sail and Power Club make generous donation to Barmouth RNLI

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Mechanic Rob Williams and his wife Eve were invited to Shell Island on Saturday 17 November 2018 for their annual end-of-season dinner dance. The owners of Shell Island Resort and Campsite and the Sail and Power Club have long been staunch supporters of the RNLI and each year the Barmouth branch receive generous contributions from events held at the site.

This year they were delighted to receive a cheque for £1,150 from Shell Island Sail and Power Club. Coxswain Mechanic Rob Williams said: ‘Barmouth RNLI has, for many years, enjoyed a close working relationship with Shell Island and the Sail and Power Club and we are most grateful to them for their continued support.’

Pictured is Coxswain Mechanic Rob Williams and wife Eve receiving the cheque from Phil Frost, Commodore of Shell Island Sail and Power Club.

Barmouth RNLI takes part in WWI Armistice Centenary Celebrations

Volunteers from Barmouth RNLI were invited to take part in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers’ Celebrations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Held in Y Plas, Machynlleth on Saturday 10 November 2018, there were stands from representatives of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Army Cadets, the Fire and Rescue Service, Welsh Ambulance, Help for Heroes and many others.

Trevor Lewis, Community Safety Officer for Barmouth RNLI worked hard to put together a very impressive display. Although there was little war-related lifeboat activity in Barmouth and Cardigan Bay during the First World War, posters showing the rescues made by lifeboats around the UK were displayed. RNLI lifeboats launched 1,808 times and saved 5,332 lives between 1914 and 1918, with some rescues made in atrocious conditions.

During the war, with so many young men enlisted on active duty, the average age of a lifeboat crew increased to over 50. 346 young men from Barmouth left to join the war effort, 63 of whom died in action, a huge number from our sparsely populated town. Photographs and a Roll of Honour listing recruits and casualties were displayed. The event was a stark reminder of the great losses suffered and it honoured the courage and determination of those older volunteers who saved lives in the midst of great conflict.


A weekend of Casualty Care for Barmouth RNLI

RNLI volunteer crew members spent their entire weekend at Barmouth lifeboat station on a Casualty Care course held in the boathouse from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2018. Funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation and led by RNLI Instructor Nick Darlison, it acted as refresher training for experienced lifeboat crew as well as vital training for newer volunteers who have joined the RNLI more recently.

The course consisted of various aspects of caring for casualties and volunteers learned how to deal with a wide range of conditions that they might face during their lifesaving rescues, from treating trauma and resuscitation to dealing with various accident scenarios. Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘The casualty care course provides essential training that enables our lifeboat crew members to treat casualties who are injured and in shock. Many of our rescues are fairly straightforward, but others can be a lot more serious. ‘If a person is injured out at sea they will need treating immediately and crews cannot wait to get them back to shore.

Our volunteers need to be highly skilled in order to administer first aid, which is often vital in the immediate aftermath of an accident or injury. ‘Our volunteer crews give up a lot of time already, leaving their family and work whenever the pager goes off. They gave up a whole weekend of their busy lives to do this training so it was a big commitment from them. Here at Barmouth we have had a couple of incidents in recent years that proved quite challenging, but we are fortunate to have a very enthusiastic crew who are always keen to learn, and it is testament to their dedication that they wanted to take part in this course.’

The casualty care course is part of the RNLI’s Competency Based Training framework, a well-established infrastructure which lifeboat crews undertake to receive the training and assessments necessary for their role. Delivered by instructors from the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset, the training ensures crews are ready to handle any situation the sea can throw at them.

Bride donates to Barmouth RNLI

Jenny Page of Henley in Arden had spent all her childhood holidays in Barmouth, so when she was to marry Nick Evans in August she hit on the idea of collecting for Barmouth RNLI.

On 11 August 2018 Jenny and Nick were married in the splendid setting of Henley’s historic Guild Hall and guests were asked to donate to the RNLI in lieu of presents. When she visited Barmouth on Tuesday 30 October to return the collecting box to Barmouth RNLI Treasurer June Davies, Jenny was delighted to discover that over £450 had been collected.

‘I’ve been coming to Barmouth for family holidays for years and have long been an admirer of the RNLI and knew many of the Barmouth crew. I was delighted to discover that they are to have new boat next year and my husband and I are very happy to be able to help support this wonderful organisation in this way.’

Barmouth RNLI launch to report of person in the water.

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were tasked to launch by HM Coastguard at 8.30 am on Sunday 28th October 2018 when a report of a person in the water had been received. The report was made by a two members of the public who had seen a person, in what appeared to be a diving mask, drifting in the sea off the Coastguard station on Barmouth promenade.

In good visibility and a calm sea, but with a bitterly cold NE 1-2 wind blowing, the volunteer crew launched the D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) The Craig Steadman at 8.40 pm, and together with the SAR 936 Search and Rescue helicopter, they began a systematic coastline search. After a thorough investigation of the area nothing was found and, at the request of HM Coastguard, the crew then extended their search to cover a wider section.

After a two-hour search, when nothing had been found, the ILB returned to station at 10.15 am. Personnel from HM coastguard will continue to search the shoreline further along the coast.

Barmouth RNLI website 10th Anniversary

October sees the arrival of the 10th anniversary of our website. Our first ever News item in October 2008 celebrated the successful completion of crew training at Poole for Kayleigh Hughes. Since then, the content has improved dramatically as we’ve added many more items to each of our pages. The early website was quite basic, but has grown since with articles on our History page, our events Calendar, and a wide variety of photographs. You’re always welcome to send us stories or photographs that relate directly to the RNLI at Barmouth and we’ll include them on our website.

In addition to improving the content we’ve also improved the layout of our website which has changed from time to time making it easier to find your way round and hopefully become more informative about the RNLI both locally at Barmouth and Nationally.

From a personal point of view it has been a pleasure to design and manage the website for the last 10 years for the RNLI. Whilst we don’t live in Barmouth, we have friends who do and so it’s been my way of being an RNLI volunteer to support them and give something back. Although no longer the case, I’ve owned several boats from the mid 70’s until a few years ago and it was always reassuring to know that should the unexpected occur there was always a helping hand ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven 7 days a week.


Barmouth RNLI receive donation of £500

Mrs Eileen Holloway and her daughter Jill made a special trip from Manchester on Saturday to present a donation for £500 to Barmouth RNLI in memory of their husband and father John Holloway.

John was born in Barmouth and lived in Heol y Sarn before moving away to Bury in Manchester; his brother David still lives in the town. John was always a keen supporter and admirer of the work of the RNLI and especially of the Barmouth Station.

They were met by Coxswain Peter Davies when they arrived on Saturday 22 September to make the presentation, who said: ‘We are very grateful to the Holloway 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: David Holloway, Jill Holloway and Coxswain Mechanic Peter Davies

Porsche 911 Challengers visit Barmouth RNLI

Belinda and James Richardson, a retired couple from London, visited Barmouth Lifeboat Station on Monday 18 September in their Porsche 911 on their way around Britain raising funds for the RNLI.

The Richardsons have been fervent supporters of the RNLI since owning an inflatable on the Thames over 20 years ago. They are driving around the British Isles and Ireland in their Porsche 911, visiting all 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations within 911 hours and hope to raise £238 per lifeboat station making a total of £56,644! They set off from Teddington RNLI lifeboat station at 9.11am on Monday 23 August 2018 and are aiming to finish their journey at Tower RNLI, London on Sunday 30 September 2018 at 8.11am. At each station they ask the crew to tie any type of marine knot in a one metre length of thin blue rope. The Barmouth crew’s was a ‘Bowline on a Bight’ which will finally adorn a three metre high map of the British Isles with each knot indicating its station.

They carried with them a letter from HRH the Duke of Kent’s Office at St James’ Palace endorsing the couple’s efforts on their commendable initiative. The Duke has been President of the RNLI for over 50 years and visited Barmouth in 1978 when the 150th anniversary of the Barmouth station was celebrated.

His Royal Highness also sent good wishes to all RNLI volunteers and staff and thanked them for their ‘ongoing selflessness, dedication and professionalism’.

Rob Williams, Coxswain Mechanic of Barmouth RNLI, met the couple on their visit and said: ‘It was a pleasure to meet James and Belinda and we are looking forward to them completing their journey at Tower Lifeboat Station on the 30 September. We wish them a safe passage and would like to thank them and all those who are supporting them in their challenge.’

Barmouth RNLI’s new all-weather lifeboat is named.

Barmouth RNLI volunteers and fundraisers were delighted to hear that the RNLI has agreed to place a new Shannon Class lifeboat at the station in the spring of 2019. It will replace the current Mersey Class, the Moira Barrie, which is now 26 years old. They heard officially this week that the new lifeboat is to bear the name the Ella Larsen. The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the fleet and is the first modern lifeboat to be propelled by waterjets making her the RNLI’s most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet.

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘The station is delighted to know that the new lifeboat is to be named the ‘Ella Larsen’ and are most grateful to the anonymous benefactor whose generous donation has funded the boat. With a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles she will make our lifesaving service more efficient and effective than ever before.’

‘The crew will have to undergo extensive training to familiarise themselves with this state-of-the-art craft. On Wednesday 11 July RNLI Fleet Staff Coxswain Andrew Mc Haffie held a meeting with Barmouth volunteers and operations staff to outline the extent of the training involved. It will require intensive commitment from the lifeboat and shore crew, but all volunteers are very excited about this news and look forward to starting their training in January 2019.’

Barmouth RNLI brave the cold on Annual Fun Day.

The grey skies and gloomy start to the day did not bode well for Barmouth RNLI’s Annual Fun Day on Sunday 19 August 2018. The all-weather lifeboat, the Moira Barrie, was put on display out on the beach and the fundraisers set up their stalls in the shelter of the boathouse.

After a slow start, holidaymakers began to drift in to take advantage of the hot drinks and delicious cakes and to grab a bargain at the many stalls, and as it was definitely not a beach day for children, crowds soon gathered to come in and enjoy the games.

Children loved dressing up in RNLI outfits while chatting to the crew and learning all about the lifeboat service and there was much interest in the Community Safety Officer’s stall set up for the Respect the Water Campaign, where information and advice was available to encourage people to enjoy the coast, but to be aware of the power of the sea and how to stay safe.

During the afternoon a surprise donation was received. Alex, Nathan and Esther Munday, who live in Kazakhstan, had been so impressed when watching the television programme ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, that they decided to raise money for the RNLI. They made and sold bracelets and beaded jewellery, entertained friends with circus performances and saved their pocket money to donate to the RNLI. While visiting Barmouth to see relatives, the ‘Kids from Kazakhstan’ called in to make their donation of £21.00.

Thanks to the dedication of fundraisers and crew, and to the generosity of the public, over £1,529.52 was raised on the day. Barmouth RNLI would like to thank all those who visited for their continued support for this worthy cause.

Simon runs a marathon a day for the RNLI

Trainee Penarth Lifeboat Station crewman Simon Marchant is running the circumference of Wales raising funds for the RNLI, calling in at Lifeboat Stations on his way. Simon set off from Penarth on 14 July and hopes to cover the 1,050 mile journey of his ‘Marathon des Cymru’ in 40 days. On Wednesday afternoon 1 August he arrived at Barmouth Lifeboat Station where he was met by RNLI Lifeboat Mechanic Daryl James.

Looking remarkably fresh, he said he had very much enjoyed the run so far through some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales and plans to run about 40k per day. He sets off on the next leg to Criccieth and Pwllheli on Thursday.

You can support Simon on his epic journey on his justgiving.com page - https:/www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marathondescymru or you can text MDEC99 £5 to 0070 to donate by phone.


Barmouth RNLI come visit us day

Barmouth RNLI held another successful ‘Come Visit us Day’ on Sunday 29 July 2018. Organised by Visits Officer Eve Williams with the help of many of the crew, members of the public were invited to come to the lifeboat house to see the boats at first hand.

As the recent heatwave ended, the wet and windy weather made for a disappointing start, but by lunchtime the crew had their work cut out guiding hundreds of visitors, young and old, through the station. Each had the chance to view the two lifeboats and the tractors, to examine the equipment and to meet and speak with volunteer crew members to learn exactly what happens on a lifeboat shout. The fundraisers worked hard selling refreshments and cakes, and goody bags of RNLI souvenirs were handed out.

The event is held annually to raise awareness of the importance of the RNLI in our seaside community, to thank the public for their support, both locally and nationally, and to give them an insight into how their donations are used.

Admission was free and although this is not designed to be a fund-raising event, donations made by generous members of the public on the day amounted to over £600 being raised - all helping provide a first class service to save lives at sea.


Trevor donates birthday money to Barmouth RNLI

When Trevor Fletcher was in Barmouth during the summer of 2016, he witnessed the search for two Birmingham teenagers who tragically drowned on the afternoon of Sunday 7th August.

He was so impressed with the efforts of the local RNLI volunteers that day that, when he celebrated his 70th birthday, he decided to collect for Barmouth Lifeboat Station. Trevor invited friends to a disco evening at Smethwick Labour Club and raised £500. He visited Barmouth Lifeboat Station on 24th June to make his donation.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘We are most grateful to Trevor for his generosity in raising this magnificent sum which will be put towards training our lifeboat volunteers here in Barmouth.’


Barmouth RNLI Lifeboat receives donation from jet-ski enthusiasts

Over 70 jet ski enthusiasts from all over the UK joined the Black Rock Blast on Saturday the 16 June travelling from Black Rock Sand to Aberdyfi, raising money for the RNLI and the Wales Air Ambulance Service.

As a result Scott Beeland from PWC Gwynedd arrived at Barmouth Lifeboat station on Monday 23 July to donate a cheque for £1,500 to Barmouth RNLI.

Pictured is Jet ski enthusiast Scott Beeland presenting the cheque to Coxswain Pete Davies and members of the crew.


Fine weather keeps Barmouth RNLI busy

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 2.44 pm on Saturday 21 July 2018 when reports of a boat on fire in the harbour had been received.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) the Moira Barrie was launched at 2.56 pm and the volunteer crew made their way towards the main channel into Barmouth harbour. They arrived on scene to find the five people on board the motor cruiser Excalibur had managed to get the boat ashore on Penrhyn point and were dragging the boat around the point into the creek towards Fairbourne. It appeared that the boat was not on fire as reported, but had suffered an engine problem which had generated a lot of smoke. The skipper said they did not require any further assistance.

The ALB stood by until the boat was safely moored in the inlet behind Penrhyn Point then returned to station by 3.45 pm.

On Tuesday 24 July, the volunteers were tasked again by HM Coastguard when a report had been received that an inflatable dinghy with one person board had been carried by the incoming tide through the bridge and was drifting towards Fegla Fach. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 4.53 pm with Richard Jones at the helm with RNLI volunteers Anthony Schorah and Kate Allday as crew. This was Kate’s first shout as an ILB crew member.

On arrival at the scene at 5.08 pm, they found the dinghy had suffered mechanical failure and was now in danger of sinking. The casualty was taken on board the ILB and handed over to the care of members of HM Coastguard on Barmouth harbour. The ILB crew returned to the boat and towed it into the old harbour where it was made safe.

The ILB returned to the station at 6.18 and the boat made ready for service again by 6.25 pm.


Barmouth RNLI volunteer completes helmsman’s training.

29 year-old seaman and RNLI volunteer Tim Evans was delighted to pass his RNLI D Class helmsman’s training last week.

Tim joined the RNLI ten years ago and says that his experience as a member of Barmouth crew gave him a good grounding when he decided on a career at sea as a Navigator/Deck Officer. The training was station-based in Barmouth and included a variety of aspects of being in charge of a D-Class lifeboat, from managing anchoring, veering, searching for a casualty, towing and many other different features that involve being a helm on an inshore lifeboat.

After completing his final assessment last week Tim said:
My experience as one of the Barmouth crew and my job as a professional seaman meant that I was competent in many areas but I still found some aspects of the RNLI training absolutely invaluable. The quality of the training was excellent and I cannot praise my Training Instructor, Simon Bunting, highly enough for his first-rate teaching approach. Being an RNLI volunteer has given me a sense of belonging and a feeling that I am doing something worthwhile within the community. Passing out as helm has been a great chance for me to progress professionally within the station.

Coxswain Peter Davies, added:
‘Providing regular training for our crews is vitally important and we delighted that Tim has taken advantage of the first class training available to our volunteers.’

Kayakers from Devon visit Barmouth RNLI

Four enthusiastic kayakers from Bideford Canoe Club are on a 299 mile long distance challenge from Appledore to Anglesey raising money for the RNLI. Pete Thorn, Emily Harding, Kevin Sumner and Ian Dring hope to raise £5,000 for the Lifeboat charity. They set out from Devon on 13 July and called in at Barmouth en route where they were met by Second Coxswain Rob Williams and Barmouth RNLI volunteers Anthony Schorah and Dan Griffith.

After completing their leg on Saturday from Aberystwyth to Barmouth they were met at the shoreline and taken to the boathouse where they enjoyed a chat to the crew and offered hot drinks and biscuits and use of the shower facilities. This also gave them the opportunity to check the chart for their next leg to Shell Island then across to the Lleyn Peninsular.

Second coxswain Rob Williams thanked them for their fundraising efforts and Peter Thorn replied: ‘Having spent so much time on the water, we know how vital the RNLI is to the UK and the recent BBC series Saving Lives at Sea really reinforces the importance of ensuring that this fantastic organisation can operate for years to come.’

You can chart their progress on the tracker link on their Facebook page ‘A to A’, and donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/a2a .

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. 

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

RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

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