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Barmouth Brownie completes her charity badge in aid of Barmouth RNLI

Barmouth Brownie Lexi Cartwright chose RNLI Barmouth as her chosen charity when she completed her charity badge, raising a tremendous £171, which she proudly handed over to Coxswain Peter Davies this week. Chatterbox Lexi decided to do a twenty four hour sponsored silence as her challenge, with only the use of a white board to communicate by.

Although she smashed the challenge, she found it hard going by 9pm. Lexi said: ‘I chose Barmouth RNLI as I had previously completed my water safety badge here and know how important the RNLI are in Barmouth and Barmouth is all about the beach. Daddy is also RNLI’ Proud Dad and volunteer RNLI crew member Dan Cartwright said ‘It was very peaceful’

On receiving Lexi’s sponsor money Coxswain Peter Davies thanked Lexi for her hard work and supporting Barmouth RNLI and wished her well as she leaves the Brownies to join the Guides next year.

Pay it forward Friday

At RNLI Barmouth it isn’t ‘just’ about saving lives at sea, we are very community minded and like to support the community that supports us so well. When we heard from Councillor Gethin Williams that Cylch Meithrin needed help putting up an external canopy over their play area, our volunteers jumped at the chance to help. Coxswain Pete Davies and volunteer crew members Jon Rollins, Paul Williams and Nigel Meredith joined Councillor Williams in erecting the canopy.

As a thank you to the crew for their help and as part of their pay it forward Friday, three of the children came to the boathouse to wash the crew wellies. What a fantastic job they did too.... possible crew of the future???

Barmouth RNLI launch to stricken fishing vessel in Cardigan Bay

On Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 11.14 Barmouth RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Ella Larsen to the aid of a stricken fishing vessel. The volunteer shore crew, in wet conditions, launched Ella Larsen at 11.32 in calm seas with good visibility. ALB Ella Larsen and her crew made their way to the 10m fishing vessel located 20 miles off Aberdyfi coast.

On arrival on the scene they found the vessel, which was experiencing mechanical difficulties with two adult crew onboard. The lifeboat crew established a tow with the fishing vessel and returned them to their mooring at Aberdyfi. Barmouth ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew then made their way home where they were recovered at 4.25 and returned to the boathouse and readied for service by 5.30.

The skipper of the recovered vessel said: ‘A massive thank you to Barmouth lifeboat station for the fast response and tow back to Aberdyfi.’

Barmouth RNLI celebrate three long serving crew members as they hang up their pagers

The end of October 2019 saw Barmouth RNLI say farewell and thank you to three of their long serving volunteer crew members. RNLI Lifeboat Crew, fundraisers and their families gathered at Barmouth Boathouse to celebrate the contribution that David Baily, Steve Hassan and Bill Whitehead have made as volunteers as they hung up their pagers.

Coxswain Pete Davies surprised the trio who thought the gathering was to celebrate and thank the Barmouth volunteer crew and their families for all the additional hours of training undertaken since All Weather lifeboat (ALB) Shannon Class Ella Larsenarrived on station in March this year. However, unbeknown to them, it was a celebration of the contribution they had all made to participating in such a successful team over the years.

The three unsuspecting crew members were :-

David Baily who retired as Lifeboat operations manager (LOM), previously a deputy launching authority and deputy lifeboat training co-ordinator. It was he who lead the inception of having a Shannon Class ALB at the Barmouth lifeboat station, 9 years service.

Dr Steve Hassan, ALB/ILB crew member, ALB coxswain, lifeboat medical adviser and as divisional trainer has been instrumental in training other crew members. 36 years service.

Dr Bill Whitehead, ALB crew member and lifeboat medical advisor who helped developed the medical training at sea for the crew. 25 years service.

Coxswain Pete Davies gave a vote of thanks for each crew member as certificates and gifts were presented by incoming LOM Mark James, but finished by inviting up the wives of the three to which he said: ‘Behind every good man is an even better lady.’ Flowers and thanks were gifted to the wives Linda, Kate and Hazel.

For more information please contact Sarah Radford Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officers on 07887492210 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771941390/01745585162

RNLI Barmouth assist HM Coastguard to rescue jet skier off rocks

On Thursday 24 October 2019, D Class in-shore lifeboat Craig Steadman was tasked by the Coastguard to launch to the aid of an injured jet skier.

The Official RNLI report can be found here


RNLI Barmouth In shore lifeboat Craig Steadman launches to boat with engine failure

On Saturday 5 October 2019 D class In shore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman was tasked by the coastguard to launch to the aid of a broken down boat with five people on board. In poor visibility and calm seas, ILB CraigSteadman, with volunteer crew Daniel Cartwright, Kyle Smith and Anthony Schorah at the helm, launched at 2.46pm towards Sun Beach caravan park where they located the casualties aboard a 10 metre rib with engine failure. All Casualties were safe and wearing life jackets. The lifeboat crew established a tow and returned the stricken boat to Fairbourne creek from which she had launched.

ILB Craig Steadman and her crew returned to Barmouth RNLI station and was readied for service by 4.50pm

New LOM at Barmouth RNLI Station

This summer has seen a key change in the RNLI operational team at Barmouth lifeboat station. Long serving Lifeboat Operational Manager (LOM) David Baily, has retired from the position after six years. Prior to taking on the LOM role in 2013, David was deputy launch authority (DLA) for a number of years. David is dedicated to the sea, joining the Merchant Navy in 1966 as an apprentice and retiring from the sea as Master Mariner in 2009. David has a passion for sailing, with a yacht in Greece where he holidays several times a year with his wife Linda.

Incoming LOM, former Mayor and local business man Mark James, has been with Barmouth RNLI since 2013 in the role as DLA, deputising for the LOM on occasion and therefore creating a seamless transition within the station. Mark has lived in Barmouth for 53 years and is still a member of the Town Council and sits on Barmouth harbour consultative committee as a member of the RNLI. Mark says: ‘I am honoured to take on the role of LOM and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead’

The LOM role, which is voluntary, involves overseeing the general operation of the lifeboats and the station. They give authority for the boats to launch, liaising with other emergency services as necessary. LOM’s have a key role in the changes and developments of a lifeboat station.

For more information please contact Sarah Radford, Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer on 07887 492210 or Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771 941390 / 01745 58516

Mark James (left) and David Baily (right)

Barmouth all-weather lifeboat launched overnight on Sunday 8th Sept/Monday 9th Sept

Barmouth all-weather lifeboat, along with three other RNLI lifeboats, launched overnight on Sunday 8th Sept/Monday 9th Sept to respond to a mayday call 30 miles off Cardigan Bay. The mayday call was very weak and as the location of the vessel was unclear Abersoch, Barmouth, New Quay and Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers were all launched over the course of the night to respond to the mayday call.

HM Coastguard received a mayday call from a 30-foot yacht suffering from mechanical and instrument failure in Cardigan Bay but communications were lost with the vessel before a location was provided. Abersoch Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and Barmouth all-weather lifeboat Ella Larsen were both tasked at 11:10pm to search an area south of Enlli (Bardsey Island) for the vessel. New Quay RNLI volunteers were also requested to prepare the all-weather lifeboat in case the search area was extended. As the search took place a fishing trawler located the yacht 30 miles off New Quay and was able to provide clearer information to the Coastguard.

New Quay all-weather lifeboat launched at 12:35am and Barmouth and Abersoch lifeboats were both stood down. New Quay RNLI volunteers arrived on scene and established a tow. As New Quay all-weather lifeboat made their way back to the coast, Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers were paged at 8:30am and were requested to take over the tow. Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 8:45am and took over the tow from New Quay all-weather lifeboat just outside Aberystwyth harbour. The yacht was safely towed into Aberystwyth Marina. Barmouth RNLI volunteers were returned to station and recovered the lifeboat at approx 2am and readied her for service..

RNLI Barmouth – first shout for new crew member

The crew assembled on Bank holiday Monday, 26 August, as the pagers sounded at 11.03am for In-shore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman to be launched on service. In excellent visibility and on calm seas the volunteer crew of Dan Cartwright, Jacob Cleaver and Helm, Helen Iles, launched at 11.10am. This was the first ‘shout’ for 18 year old crew member Jacob Cleaver.

The crew were tasked by the coastguard to search for a missing 12 year old who had last been seen in the water off Caerddaniel caravan park. Once on scene the crew performed searches along the shore line for the missing child. The crew were stood down when the child was safely located on the beach. ILB Craig Steadman returned to Barmouth lifeboat station at 11.44am and was readied for service by 11.55am.

Helm Helen Iles said: ‘We are delighted there was such a positive outcome to today’s shout. I was very proud to be in the boat on a new crew member’s first shout, I did many shouts with his Dad. It is a special moment to see the family tradition carrying on’


Success for Barmouth RNLI on their Fundraising Day.

Once again Stormy Stan drew in the crowds to the Lifeboat Station on the promenade for Barmouth RNLI’s annual Fun Day on Sunday 18 August 2019. The all-weather lifeboat, Ella Larsen, was on display out on the beach and on a breezy Sunday, locals and holidaymakers came along to enjoy the games, and to grab a bargain at the many stalls. Home-baked cakes and refreshments were available and once again the tasty barbecue lunch was popular. The Cox in the Stocks was a favourite again this year, with children (and adults!) queuing up to soak the long-suffering Coxswain/Mechanic Rob Williams with wet sponges!

The RNLI Face to Face team were in attendance 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.

Thanks to the tireless dedication of fundraisers and the crew, and to the generosity of the public, a magnificent £2,163.18 was raised on the day. Barmouth RNLI would like to thank the many local shops for their continued generosity, with a special mention for the Co-op, Iceland, Spar and Mc Colls and The Original Factory Shop who kindly donated bottles and gifts for the tombola stalls.

Thanks also are due to all those faithful visitors, some of whom we see every year, for their continued support for this worthy cause to help save lives at sea.

RNLI Barmouth - Ella Larsen’s first shout !

As the pager sounded at 10.47pm on Wednesday 13 August 2019 many of the volunteer RNLI crew jumped from their beds for Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Ella Larsen‘smaiden ‘shout’. The boathouse was a hive of activity with the six seats on the Shannon quickly filled and the additional volunteer crew there in support of this historic occasion.

At 11.04pm Ella Larsen launched in calm seas with good visibility to the aid of a 15 metre fishing vessel in distress, 15 miles west of the causeway buoy, with 8 crew on board. ALB Ella Larsen towed the stricken fishing vessel towards Fishguard before transferring the tow to waiting Fishguard RNLI Trent Class lifeboat Blue Peter VII who towed her the last 18 miles to harbour.

ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew headed for home arriving back on station at 6.15am and was readied for service by 7.29am. Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘This is a historic moment in Barmouth RNLI history. The crew have trained long and hard for many months on Ella Larsen and the SLRS. On the night it was treated like any other shout, but we can now look back and celebrate on a very positive outcome for her first launch on service. A very long but rewarding night for the volunteer boat and shore crew.”

Blue Light Event at Barmouth RNLI

There was much excitement and enthusiasm at the RNLI Boathouse on the promenade in Barmouth on Saturday 4th August when the local Emergency Services joined forces to hold their annual ‘Blue Light Day’.

Organised by PCSO David Hughes there were stalls, displays and demonstrations from North Wales Police, HM Coastguard, South Snowdonia Search and Rescue, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Each organisation came together to show the general public the important role they play and to provide information about our emergency services in an interactive and informative manner.

South Snowdonia Search and Rescue team representatives explained how to stay safe in the hills, and HM Coastguard displayed their mud rescue equipment. Members of Barmouth RNLI were present and the RNLI’s Respect the Water Community Safety Officer was on hand to give information and advice of how to stay safe in our coastal waters. Altogether it was a very successful day and a great example of what can be achieved when public sector partners join forces in an effective safety campaign.



Barmouth RNLI called out to fire on Barmouth bridge

At 6.02pm on Sunday 4 August Barmouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat (ILB) Craig Steadman was paged to smouldering on Barmouth Bridge.

See the formal RNLI report here


Not a bridge too far as 1st Monkmoor cub scouts raise hundreds for Barmouth RNLI

Barmouth RNLI were delighted to welcome 1stMonkmoor cub scouts to the boathouse and show them around ALB Ella Larsen and ILB Craig Steadman. The 1stMonkmoor cub scouts have been very busy recently completing a sponsored walk over the bridges in Shrewsbury in aid of Barmouth RNLI raising £620.50 Coxswain mechanic Rob Williams, who had the pleasure of showing the cub scouts around the boathouse said: ‘This is a tremendous amount of money raised and we are incredibly grateful that 1stMonkmoor cub scouts chose us as their charity. The cub scout motto is ‘be prepared’ and this fantastic donation will allow the volunteer crew in Barmouth to continue training and be prepared to save lives at sea.'

Barmouth RNLI welcome Assembly Member and local parliamentary candidate Wednesday 31 July 2019

Barmouth RNLI were delighted that Joyce Watson AM for Mid and West Wales and Graham Hogg Labour party candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd asked to visit the boat house. They were given a unique insight into the work of the local RNLI volunteers. See the formal RNLI report here

Barmouth RNLI 'Come visit us day' draws the crowds

Barmouth RNLI enjoyed a very busy annual ‘Come visit us day’ on Sunday 28 July 2019. Event organiser Eve Williams, along with many of the volunteer crew were delighted with the hundreds of enthusiasts who came from far and wide to attend the day. See the formal RNLI report here

Barmouth Lifeboat launches to person in difficulty in the water off Bennar beach

Barmouth RNLI D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) 'Craig Steadman' was paged on Thursday 25th July 2019 at 2.48pm to a report of a person in difficulty in the water off Bennar Beach, with other persons seen entering the water to assist who then found themselves in difficulty. See the formal RNLI report here

Barmouth RNLI hold their seventh annual Dog show

Barmouth RNLI’s ever-popular Dog Show proved to be a crowd-puller again this year . See the formal RNLI report here


Barmouth RNLI meets fundraising jet skiers.

Barmouth RNLI volunteers welcomed over 97 jet ski enthusiasts from all over the UK during the third annual Black Rock Blast on Saturday the 22 June. As part of their annual charity fundraising event, travelling from Black Rock Sands to Aberdyfi, the group called in at Barmouth and were met in the bay by Barmouth lifeboats. The all-weather lifeboat, the Ella Larsen and the Inshore Lifeboat, the Craig Steadman, joined the flotilla and made a very impressive sight as they escorted them into Barmouth harbour in beautiful weather conditions. Leader of PWC Gwynedd, Scott Beeland, said they were very grateful to the volunteer crew for turning out to greet them and were pleased that, despite the weather they experienced during their 2018 trip, the group had managed to raise over £8,000 last year for various local charities. This year they will be raising money for the RNLI, North Wales Air Ambulance, and Blood Bikes Gwynedd.

Barmouth Lifeboat launches to kayaker in difficulties

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.23 am on Friday 21 June when a kayaker was reported to be in difficulties some 800m off Talybont beach. In clear weather and a moderate sea, the volunteer crew launched the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman at 10.30 am and were at the scene by 10.40. On arrival however, it appeared that the owner and kayak had made it safely to the shore. After ascertaining that the casualty was well and not in need of any medical attention, the crew returned to station where the ILB was made ready for service again by 11.15 am

Barmouth RNLI prepares for official dedication of new lifeboat

This Saturday (8 June) Barmouth’s £2.2M Shannon class lifeboat will be officially named Ella Larsen, during a ceremony for invited guests. The lifeboat has been privately funded by the The Basil Larsen 1999 Charitable Trust.

RNLI Operations and Safety Director George Rawlinson will hand over the lifeboat into the care of Barmouth Lifeboat Station and Ella Larsen will be officially accepted be Barmouth Lifeboat Operations Manager David Baily. The Shannon class lifeboat arrived in Barmouth on Sunday 10 March to a warm welcome from hundreds of supporters who lined the beach to greet her. On 10 April, after an extensive and intense period of training, consolidation and assessment, the new RNLI lifeboat was officially placed on service.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Lee Firman said:
‘The team at Barmouth are to be commended for their hard work, commitment and dedication over the last few months. The RNLI is confident we have the right number of competent and safe people able to operate the boat and associated launch and recovery equipment, which is testament to the dedication of the volunteer crew.

‘Propelled by water jets, the Shannon is a very different lifeboat to the Mersey class lifeboat. It is technologically more advanced and can reach speeds of 25 knots, compared to the 17 knot of the Mersey. It will enable us to provide a comprehensive search and rescue service across Cardigan Bay and reach people in trouble quicker than ever before. The naming ceremony will give the community and the crew an opportunity to celebrate this remarkable milestone and the beginning of a new chapter of lifesaving.’

The new lifeboat takes over from the Station’s Mersey class all-weather (ALB) lifeboat the Moira Barrie which has looked after lifesaving in Cardigan Bay for over 26 years since her arrival in 1992. The Mersey class lifeboat left Barmouth on 26 April.

The Shannon class lifeboat is the first modern all-weather lifeboat to be propelled by water jets instead of traditional propellers, making her the most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet. Reaching top speeds of 25 knots, the Shannon is faster than the Mersey, giving crews the ability to reach those in need even faster. Additionally, the Shannon can turn in her own length or stop almost instantly, making going alongside a vessel to take off casualties a much safer option.

David Baily, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Barmouth says:
‘A dedication service is an important day for any station and one we are very much looking forward to. Weather permitting our ceremony will take place outside the station, so we’re expecting people to come down and catch a glimpse of proceedings. ‘I’m incredibly proud of how the volunteer crew have invested so much of their time to get to grips with this fantastic new lifeboat. The dedication will be a celebration of that achievement. In addition to this, it will give us an opportunity to thank the community for their continued support and give thanks to the charitable trust for making this huge milestone possible. Without the generosity of our supporters, our volunteer crews wouldn’t be able to do what they do, so this day will very much be about showing our gratitude for that support.’

RNLI media contacts Notes to Editors
Seated guests at the dedication ceremony will be by invitation only. The event will take place outside Barmouth Lifeboat Station, so there will be opportunity for media/spectators to witness the ceremony (weather permitting). Images will be available following the naming ceremony. For interviews with RNLI spokespeople, please contact Danielle Rush on the telephone numbers below.
Media Contacts
For more information please Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 07786 668829 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.


Rocking the boathouse for RNLI Barmouth

The typical May bank holiday weather did not stop the crowds flocking to attend RNLI Barmouth’s very own music festival.

Sunday 26 May saw the return of RNLI Barmouth’s annual music festival. The early forecast suggested it could be Raining men, Sunshine on a rainy day or the gathering crowds would be Singing in the rain. However despite moving Ella Larsen to the beach to allow the performers and audience the comfort of the boathouse they all saw Clearly now the rain had gone with a hint of Here comes the sun by late afternoon.

Visitors were treated to an array of talent rocking the boathouse stage between 12-5pm, including – The Barmouth Collective, Russ Handy, The Tritones and Caitlin, Adults pop choir, Sion and Giff, Gwynfor, Anna and Boathouse Barry and The Brigands, whilst enjoying refreshments, homemade cakes and a BBQ.

The event was a huge success raising in excess of £1375 for Barmouth RNLI.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘We are very grateful for the continued support the public give in supporting our local events and to all the performers for their support each year. Boathouse rocks coincides with the RNLI Mayday annual fundraising campaign. This year fundraisers are being asked to ‘Do your bit, fund our kit.’ Money raised today will help fund the kit our volunteer crew need to do their jobs safely and to continue saving lives at sea’

Barmouth RNLI’s new Shannon lifeboat is now on service.

After several months of intense training for the volunteers, Barmouth RNLI’s new Shannon lifeboat, the Ella Larsen, was placed on service from 3.15 pm on 10 April 2019.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Lee Firman said:
‘The team at Barmouth are to be commended for their hard work, commitment and dedication over the last few months which has allowed us to be confident that we have the right number of competent and safe people able to operate the boat and associated launch and recovery equipment. The extent of the training they have received to date gives us a core of people able to maintain service whilst allowing them to further train themselves and the other crew to become even greater competent operators over the coming months.’

Training began in January 2019 and took place in Barmouth and at the RNLI training unit in Poole and involved extensive commitment from the lifeboat and shore crew members in familiarising themselves with the new state of the art launch and recovery system. Pass-outs took place during the first week of April and were conducted by RNLI training staff.

Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘I am grateful to the RNLI training team who put in so much effort on our behalf and delighted that the crews responded so well to their instruction. We are very happy with our new boat and will continue to train each of our volunteers so that they all become familiar and competent in handling the new boat and equipment over the next few months.’

Barmouth RNLI fundraisers are planning an event to be held in the Dragon theatre, Barmouth on 11th May to explain the new boat’s capabilities to the public. This will cover background on previous lifeboats stationed in Barmouth since 1828, together with pictures and film of the Shannon in action and the volunteer crew’s passage around from Poole in the Ella Larsen. Finishing with shanty singing and refreshments, it promises to be a good night.

So, if you would like to know more about the new Shannon class lifeboat, tickets can be obtained from the Lifeboat Shop or the Dragon Theatre.

Barmouth RNLI remember absent friends

Saturday 5th April 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of a sad occasion in the history of Barmouth Lifeboat. In a tragic incident on April 5th 2004 the then Harbour Master, Keith Allday, and his Assistant Harbour Master, Alan Massey, were both drowned while laying moorings in the harbour.

Keith had been Coxswain of the lifeboat since 1993 and Alan was also helm of the inshore lifeboat. Both Barmouth lifeboats were launched and a massive air and sea search was launched after their vessel was found upturned. It was a very sad time for the lifeboat and for the whole town; losing such popular and likeable young men in the prime of their life was very hard to bear. Keith and Alan are still remembered with extreme fondness by the volunteer crew and RNLI supporters at Barmouth and many emotional messages were posted on social media.

To mark the occasion, volunteers launched the boat that Keith and Alan served on, the all-weather lifeboat the Moira Barrie, in their memory. Together with volunteers on the inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman, the crew paid their respects to their colleagues out at sea.

Barmouth Coxswain Peter Davies, who took over as Coxswain in 2004 said: ‘We are proud that members of both families are still represented on the crew. Keith’s daughter and nephew are volunteer crew members, together with Alan’s brother Gary and his son Angus, while Keith’s brother Colin holds the position of Deputy Launching Authority. We will always remember them both and each year we mark the anniversary privately’.


Alan donates birthday money to the RNLI

When Alan Jones of Bridgnorth celebrated his 60th birthday, he asked friends not to buy him presents, but preferred them to donate to his favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Alan has been holidaying in the Barmouth area since he was a boy when he and his family would make many visits to Barmouth lifeboat station. When he later went on to buy a boat himself he continued to support the RNLI, grateful for its reassuring presence when he was at sea. At his recent birthday party, Alan was delighted that donations from his friends raised £400. Keen to see the new Shannon lifeboat in action, Alan and his wife Ros visited Barmouth Lifeboat Station on 24 March to see the volunteer crew launch on exercise.

Alan said: ‘It was great to be able to raise money for such a good cause and we are delighted to be able to present a cheque for £400.00 to help Barmouth volunteers save more lives at sea’. They are pictured with Coxswain Peter Davies at the boathouse just before the crew launched the new all-weather lifeboat the Ella Larsen and the D class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman on exercise.

Barmouth RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat arrives

Large crowds gathered to welcome the spectacular arrival of Barmouth’s new Shannon class lifeboat the Ella Larsen as she ploughed through the waves in 40mph winds.

The RNLI’s new £2.2 million Shannon lifeboat arrived at Barmouth on Sunday10 March 2019 as hundreds of supporters and well-wishers lined the beach to greet the new state-of-the-art lifeboat. The new boat was met out at sea by Barmouth’s current Mersey Class lifeboat, the Moira Barrie; they were also accompanied down the coast by Criccieth’s B Class Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

It was a moving and memorable sight to see the boats surging through the heavy seas as they neared the shore. The Barmouth Coxswains and volunteer crew gave a display of the new boat’s manoeuvrability before beaching and being recovered onto the Shannon Launch and Recovery vehicle. Both all-weather lifeboats were then towed to the beach in front of the Boathouse to be presented to the crowd.Further training for the volunteer crew will continue for a number of weeks until the new boat takes over from the Moira Barrie, the station’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat which has looked after life-saving in Cardigan Bay since her arrival in 1992.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘Thank you all for turning out from far and wide to welcome us here in this very cold and rough weather. We have had a tiring but enjoyable passage round from Poole since Wednesday, but it has given us the opportunity to learn such a lot about this wonderful new boat. The way she has performed in some very large seas on the way here is just fantastic. We are all amazed at her speed and capability; and have every confidence that she has the potential to help us save even more lives at sea’.

Dr Rob Haworth, former Barmouth RNLI Chairman and crew member said: ‘On behalf of all past crew members I would like to congratulate you all. You have a great team here in Barmouth, led by two very able Coxswains. The commitment shown by you during your training for the arrival of your new lifeboat and the essential part the shore crew continues to play is commendable. I am delighted that the RNLI has shown their faith in you by placing a Shannon here.’

Barmouth RNLI Volunteer joins the Royal Navy

Local Barmouth boy Martin East grew up by the seaside. His dad Michael, better known on Barmouth quay as ‘Copper’, was a lobster fisherman; so he got his sea legs early on in life.

Martin worked as a chef for 17 years and was very sought after by local hotels and restaurants and, at the suggestion of the Coxswain, he joined Barmouth RNLI in 2014. After attending courses at the RNLI Training College in Poole and with the hands-on training he received in Barmouth, he soon became an integral member of the crew, serving on both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

In September 2015, Martin played a vital part in the rescue of two people from a 22 foot sailing boat stuck on a sandbank on Fairbourne beach near the entrance to Barmouth Bar. He was featured on the BBC’s programme Saving Lives at Sea bravely leaping from the lifeboat to board the yacht which was being pounded by the waves in force 6 to 7 winds.

Martin’s heart was always with the sea, and after speaking with a crew member who had served in the forces, he applied to join the Royal Navy in 2016. He was accepted and joined HMS Raleigh, the RN shore-based training establishment stationed at Plymouth. Martin completed his phase one training on 11 January of this year and now begins his profession training as a hydrographer, using the latest methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed. He hopes to be assigned a ship in May 2019.

Martin said: ‘I can thoroughly recommend volunteering for the RNLI to the young people of Barmouth. The first-rate training I received in Poole and the practical training with the Barmouth crew provided a stepping stone for me and gave me the knowledge and confidence to apply join the royal Navy. I will always be grateful to Coxswain Peter Davies and the Barmouth team and shall miss not being there to see them receive their new Shannon in March, but I look forward to them teaching me all about it when I am home on leave!’


Barmouth B & B raises funds for RNLI

When Glenn and Sarah Radford moved to Ocean Drive Guesthouse in Marine Parade, Barmouth, three years ago, they soon began supporting their local RNLI station. Now a familiar figure in his Victorian bathing costume, Glenn made his third appearance at the RNLI’s New Year’s Day dip on 1 January 2019. But the couple also have also had another ingenious way of raising funds for the charity.

For the past year, they have been asking each of their Bed and Breakfast guests, when they leave, to donate £1 to the RNLI. They are then given a ticket, their names recorded and the lucky winner would win a 2-night stay free of charge in a room of their choice. On New Year’s day 2019, Coxswain Peter Davies was asked to draw a name out of a hat and was delighted to find that their efforts had raised a magnificent £1,000 donation for the RNLI!

Pictured is Sarah Radford with Coxswain Peter Davies making the draw and Glenn Radford ready for his dip

Hundreds turn out for Barmouth RNLI’S New Year's Day dip

Crowds collected on Barmouth promenade for the annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay. Since the first event held in 2011, the turnout was the largest so far with over a hundred brave supporters gathering at the lifeboat house to take the plunge and raise money for the RNLI.

At 11 am prompt, 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 a grey first day of January 2019. Visitors came from all corners of the UK to join locals in supporting the charity that saves lives at sea, with one brave participant coming all the way from Canada.

After their dip, they enjoyed hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘We are so grateful to all those who turned up to take part in this event, our eighth New Year’s Day dip. We have raised over £1,500 today and there is still lots more sponsorship money to be collected, making it another great start to a year of fundraising in Barmouth, thank you all very much.’



For further information about these News items please contact
Sarah Radford Barmouth Lifeboat Deputy Press Officers on 07887492210
Norma Stockford, Barmouth lifeboats volunteer press officer
on 01341 280742 or 07917 245882,
or email them at our contacts page


Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer – Wales and North West on 07771941390/01745585162


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