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In order to protect our visitors, RNLI volunteers and to ensure our volunteer crews are able to launch our lifeboats on service, the team here at Barmouth Lifeboat Station have sadly taken the difficult decision to postpone the opening of our shop to the public. Our priority is to reduce the risk of potential infection to our volunteer crew and volunteer shop workers, ensuring that we can continue saving lives at sea should the pager sound. We continue to monitor government and RNLI advice, and will let you know via social media when things change,

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In the meantime please #respectthewater and #staysafe Remember if you are in difficulty on the water or see someone else in difficulty call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Barmouth RNLI launch to fishing vessel with engine failure

On Sunday 27 September 2020, Shannon Class lifeboat, (ALB) Ella Larsen was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to the aid of a twenty three foot broken down fishing vessel with four people on board. In good visibility and on slight seas,

ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew launched at 6.30pm towards the direction of Shell Island where the fishing vessel was last located, approximately two miles off shore. On arrival at the scene, the crew located the local fishing vessel, with engine failure, close off Shell Island and drifting in. All four Casualties on board the fishing vessel were safe and well. The lifeboat crew established a tow and towed the stricken vessel into Shell Island, where they secured her to a buoy in the harbour.

Due to the depth of water in the harbour, another local vessel gave assistance to alight the four casualties to the shore ALB Ella Larsen and her crew returned to Barmouth RNLI station and was readied for service by 10.15pm. Last night also saw a ‘first’ for a number of our volunteer crew members. Experienced coxswain Rob Williams had his first ‘shout’ as Coxswain on the Shannon Class lifeboat, although had previously attended others as Helm and Mechanic. Driver Gary Massey launched and recovered the ALB in the SLRS for his first shout although has done numerous times on exercise. It was also the first ALB shout for three new members of our volunteer shore crew – Glen Barnish, Tommy Weedall and Bergitte Evans.

Barmouth ALB launches to report of three kayakers in danger

On Friday 18 September 2020, All weather lifeboat, (ALB) Ella Larsen, launched to 3 kayakers at sea.

At 5.10pm the pagers sounded twice as ILB Craig Steadman was firstly tasked by HM Coastguard to an inflatable kayak. This launch was cancelled before the crew could get into their dry suits and ALB Ella Larsen was directed to launch to 3 kayakers, 3 miles off shore from Shell Island. On arriving at the scene all kayakers were found to be safe, well and very well equipped, a false alarm with good intent. No assistance was required by the kayakers so ALB Ella Larsen and her volunteer crew returned to the boathouse and was readied for service

Barmouth ILB launches to dinghy drifting out to sea

On Thursday 17 September 2020, inshore lifeboat, (ILB) Craig Steadman launched to a dingy drifting out to sea.

At 12.20pm ILB Craig Steadman was self-launched by Barmouth RNLI crew after they had seen the dingy drifting out to sea from the boathouse with two people on board. In good visibility and slight seas, ILB Craig Steadman and her volunteer crew of Daryl James, Kyle Smith and Peter Davies, at helm, launched straight out into Cardigan Bay.

On reaching the Dinghy, approximately one mile off shore, the two nineteen-year old girls on board were unaware of the dangers posed by the tides and off-shore wind. The crew offered advice and recovered the casualties and dinghy to the beach. Returning to the boathouse, ILB Craig Steadman was readied the for service Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘Many of the calls we respond to involve inflatables and this is the main reason why the RNLI strongly advise against taking them to the beach. Inflatables are not designed for open water and it takes very little breeze for them to be swept out to sea much quicker than you can swim or [addle back to shore. What may seem fun at first can turn into an extremely serious situation, in just a matter of seconds.’

6th September ILB shout to Inflatable

At 1.12pm today, 6th September, ILB Craig Steadman launched to a report of an inflatable with person or persons on board drifting out to sea. On arriving at the scene, the ILB and her volunteer crew of Kyle Smith, Paul Williams, and Dan Cartwright, at helm, found the Kayaker had been picked up by a local ferry boat. The ferry then experienced engine failure. The ILB towed the ferry to the harbour steps where the casualty was put into the care of the harbour master and the ILB returned the ferry to her mooring before returning to the boathouse and being readied for service.

Barmouth ILB launches to report of a windsurfer in trouble.

On Thursday 3 September 2020, inshore lifeboat, (ILB) Craig Steadman was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to a report of a windsurfer in the water off Fairbourne beach, holding onto his board, fatigued and unable to climb back on.

In good visibility and moderate seas, ILB Craig Steadman and her volunteer crew, launched at 2.29pm to commence the search. The crew initially located a windsurfer on Fairbourne beach, who turned out to be a friend who had raised the alarm. He directed the crew to where his friend was last seen. The crew started a parallel track search off Barmouth beach. They were notified the casualty had been located by the beach patrol on Barmouth beach. The volunteer ILB crew located and recovered the windsurfer’s sail at sea. ILB Craig Steadman and her crew of Kyle Smith, Alex Hill and Rob Williams, at Helm, made their way back to the boathouse where they readied the boat for service.

Barmouth ILB launches to people cut off by the tide

On Monday 31 August 2020, inshore lifeboat, (ILB) Craig Steadman was tasked by HM Coastguard to launch to reports of a number of people cut off by the tide on the sandbank opposite the RNLI boatbouse.

In good visibility and calm seas, ILB Craig Steadman and her volunteer crew, launched at 4.30pm directly out into Cardigan bay. The members of the public, under the guidance from the crew made their way back to the shore. Coxswain Rob Williams said; “safety advice was offered to approximately 30 members of the public, some heading out to ‘the perch’ on an incoming tide” ILB Craig Steadman and her crew returned to Barmouth RNLI station and was refuelled and deep cleaned, ready for service at 5.25pm.

Sunday 2nd August, multi-agency rescue

Barmouth RNLI was tasked by the Coastguard to launch ILB Craig Steadman yesterday, Sunday 2nd August, as part of a multi-agency rescue, just after 1.30pm to a report of an adult male and two children in difficulty in the water. The children were recovered to the boathouse where they received care from our volunteer crew before being transferred by ambulance to hospital, as a precaution. The adult was recovered to the beach where he received casualty care from amongst others, our volunteer crew, before being transferred to hospital by Coastguard helicopter. Sadly we have learned that the man has died. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

Barmouth RNLI launch to two swimmers in difficulty - Thursday 30th July

In excellent visibility and calm seas, ILB Craig Steadman with her volunteer crew Daryl James, Martin East and Anthony Schorah at the helm, launched at 8.05pm. Minutes later, arriving at the scene, 100 yards into the bay opposite the RNLI station, both casualties were located, recovered and returned to the boathouse at 8.10pm where first aid was administered by an off duty paramedic.

Both casualties were then handed over to and treated by North Wales Ambulance service, one was taken to Bronglais hospital in Aberystwyth as a precaution. Following a deep clean, ILB Craig Steadman was readied for service by 8.58pm.

Barmouth Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘the sea is unpredictable due to the waves, tides, rip currents and cold water. If you are planning on entering the water when you come to the coast, familiarise yourself with the the local conditions and be aware of the RNLI ‘Float to live’ guidance. If you see anyone in trouble in the water, don’t enter the water yourself, ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


In very murky conditions yesterday afternoon and late into the evening we are proud to report that two of our volunteer crew members passed out on their final assessments after many months of hard work. Congratulations to Dylan Roberts, now ALB Shannon mechanic, and Glenn Radford SLARs driver and Head Launcher.



Barmouth Lifeboat crew are very sad to announce the passing of their Lifeboat station President Harry Allday, he will be greatly missed.

‘Former Barmouth town councillor and six times mayor, Harry Allday accepted the position of President at Barmouth Lifeboat Station in 2012. Harry was a volunteer crew member for twenty one years from 1966 to 1987 and was Acting Second Coxswain when the lifeboat rescued the crew of three and saved the trawler ‘Gardelwen’ on 31st October 1982, for which he received the RNLI’s certificate for his participation in that rescue. Harry took up Life Governor membership of the Institution in 1976. He was a valued member of Barmouth RNLI family, and will be missed by us all’

Cambrian News article here


Guest house owners raise £1636.45 for Barmouth RNLI

For the second year running Sarah and Glenn Radford from Ocean Drive Guest house in Barmouth have raised a fantastic amount by asking their guests to donate to Barmouth RNLI. Sarah and Glenn came up with the idea of asking their guests, on checking out, to donate to Barmouth RNLI in return for being entered into a draw to win a free 2 night stay in a room of their choice the following year.

Sarah said: ‘The draw is completely voluntary, but our guests are incredibly generous as they know the importance of having the RNLI in a coastal community and often see the volunteer crew launching on exercise or a shout. The gentleman who was drawn this year was delighted and has already booked his next visit’

Coxswain Peter Davies who had the task of drawing the winning ticket said: ‘Thank you to Sarah and Glenn on their amazing contribution again this year. It really helps to kick start a new fundraising year and is very much appreciated by us all at the boathouse.’

Hundreds brave the cold sea at the New Year’s Day dip for Barmouth RNLI

The new decade saw over 150 brave dippers register at the lifeboat station to take the plunge into the cold sea, raising money for Barmouth RNLI.

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland