View as PDF

Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat called out twice to incidents on busy beaches

Lifeboats News Release

As record temperatures continued in North Wales, Barmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman, was called out twice on Sunday 30th June 2018.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Barmouth ILB launches on 30th June 2018

The crew were paged at 3.09 pm when reports of three young children, all under 12 years old, missing on the beach opposite Heol y Llan, were received. One of the children was last seen near the water’s edge.

The volunteer crew launched at 3.20 pm and were conducting a shoreline search of the area when a message was received at 4.20 pm that they had been found by the Coastguard. The ILB returned to the station and was ready for service again by 4.45pm.

Later that evening at 7.55pm, they were again alerted by Holyhead coastguard that a report had been received from a member of the public, of an inflatable dinghy with what appeared to be one person on board, drifting out towards the northern end of the promenade near the Coastguard Station.

Volunteers and crew were enjoying a barbecue near the station when the report was received so were able to launch immediately and were on scene by 8.14 pm. On arrival, they were surprised to discover that the dinghy was in fact an inflatable unicorn! After ensuring that no-one was in the water in the area, the ILB returned to station at 8.37 pm to resume their social evening in the sunshine.

Barmouth RNLI Coxswain said: ‘While our volunteers are quite used to white horses, they do not usually go chasing unicorns or any other mythical creature in Cardigan Bay! However the information received was entirely credible and it is understandable that the person thought it was and dinghy and we are glad that it was reported. It is always best to err on the side of safety in these cases.’

The unicorn was brought ashore and the boat was ready for service by 20.45.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland