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Barmouth ILB launches to family stuck in mud

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), the Craig Steadman, was tasked at 6.39pm on Sunday 1st April 2018 to go to the aid of two persons reported to be stuck in the mud in Barmouth harbour

The volunteer crew launched the ILB at 6.45pm and were at the scene within a few minutes where they found the casualties, a father carrying a small baby, together with his young son who were stuck in thick mud up to their knees. As the crew arrived on scene, Johnny Johnson, a local fisherman, managed to free them and helped the family into his dinghy.

The casualties were transferred to the Inshore Lifeboat and taken to the pontoon alongside the harbour wall. When they were assured that the young family were safe and no medical intervention was required, the volunteer crew returned to the station at 7.00 pm and the boat was washed down and made ready for service by 7.30pm.

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