Barmouth inshore lifeboat launch to swimmers on Easter Monday
The Barmouth RNLI lifeboat station was full of holidaymakers enjoying tea and cakes at the Grand Easter Tombola on Monday 17 April when the pagers alerted the volunteer crew at 1.56pm.
UK Coastguard had received a report that three swimmers were in difficulties in the main channel between Fairbourne beach and the perch.
Visibility was clear with a moderate sea, an ebb tide and a south westerly force 3 to 4 wind. The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched immediately and as the volunteer crew arrived on the scene they found that the three persons were making their way to the shore. It appeared that one person had got into difficulties and that two others had gone to his aid, all three made it safely back to the beach.
Coxswain Peter Davies and the volunteer crew ensured that all were safe and well and not suffering from water inhalation. They also issued safety advice to the casualties about the danger of swimming in the main channel with a fast ebb tide flowing.
The ILB returned to the station at 2.15pm and was ready for service by 2.35pm.
Meanwhile, the fundraising tombola continued and the grand sum of £847.89 was raised for the RNLI. The winners of the giant Easter egg were Rachel Fagan and Sarah James from West Bromwich and their families. Those supporters present were able to see first-hand how their donations actually help save lives at sea.
RNLI media contact
For more information please contact Norma Stockford, Barmouth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07917 245882 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@rnli.org.uk.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.