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Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to two people in a dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched yesterday to a report that two people were in difficulties in an inflatable dinghy. The volunteer crew were alerted at 3.58pm and quickly launched at 4.01pm.

The casualty vessel was spotted approximately 100m offshore opposite the primary school on Barmouth promenade.  The two young ladies aboard were not wearing lifejackets and were struggling to try and make it to the shore against the Force two to three south easterly offshore winds and an ebb tide.
The volunteer crew took the dinghy in tow and returned the casualties to the shore where they were met by members of HM Coastguard.  The inshore lifeboat crew then made a thorough search of the area and the coastline to ensure that no-one else was in danger before returning to the station at 4.30pm.  The lifeboat was ready for service again by 4.35pm.
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