ANOTHER GREAT NEW YEAR’S DAY SPLASH FOR BARMOUTH RNLI
Brave volunteers and supporters of Barmouth RNLI turned out once again on a cold January morning for their annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay.
Crowds gathered at the boathouse on Barmouth promenade to watch over sixty friends and visitors from far and wide take the plunge to raise money for the RNLI.
At 11 am, on the instructions of Coxswain Peter Davies, young and old raced down to the shoreline and threw themselves into the sea. Under the watchful eye of the crew of the Barmouth RNLI D Class inshore lifeboat, the Craig Steadman and the UK Coastguard service, they brought a welcome splash of colour and fun to the first day of January 2018.
After their dip, hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast were served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
‘All our RNLI volunteers and fundraisers are extremely grateful to locals and visitors who came from all corners of the UK to take part in the dip. Not only for their bravery today, but for their enthusiasm and continuing support for the charity that saves lives at sea. We have raised over £1,000 today and there is still more sponsorship money to be collected. This is a great start to another year of fundraising, thank you all very much.’
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.