Barmouth RNLI lifeboats blessed at dedication service
A small congregation of visitors and local supporters joined the crew of Barmouth RNLI for their annual dedication service at Barmouth Lifeboat Station on the afternoon of Sunday 3 September 2017.
The all-weather lifeboat Moira Barrie was towed into the doorway of the boathouse and provided a fitting backdrop to the service, which took place inside the boathouse due to the weather.
Conducted by Canon Beth Bailey and Reverend Miriam Beecroft, the annual service of readings, prayers and hymns, saw the RNLI lifeboats blessed and re-dedicated for the next 12 months. Canon Bailey also reminded those present of the importance of not only the lifeboats and the volunteer crew but also how important the support of both local supporters and visitors are to the RNLI within a community such as Barmouth.
She also made mention of the upcoming changes to Barmouth RNLI with the arrival of a new inshore lifeboat which is due on station in the next few weeks, and the arrival of a Shannon Class lifeboat within the next few years, which will replace the current all-weather lifeboat Moira Barrie.
The service concluded once again with a prayer for the safety of those rescued and for the volunteer crews who risk their lives to save others at sea.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland