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Barmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to yacht with engine failure.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Barmouth RNLI were paged a 1.18 pm on Tuesday 17 July 2018 when reports were received that a yacht with two people on board was drifting in an ebb tide off Llwyngwril.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

ILB Craig Steadman makes yacht Stram safe alongside quay wall

The weather was fine with a gentle north easterly force 2 wind and good visibility when the D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Craig Steadman was launched at 01.25 pm with RNLI volunteer Tim Evans at the helm. This was Tim’s first shout since he passed out as ILB helm the previous week.

When the crew reached the 26 foot visiting yacht Stram, they noted that neither of the two people on board was wearing a lifejacket. After issuing safety advice about the importance of wearing lifejackets, a rope was attached and the boat was towed back to Barmouth harbour and made safe alongside the quay wall. The ILB returned to station at 3.00 pm.

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