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Barmouth RNLI crew joined by pod of dolphins on return from call out

Lifeboats News Release

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.21 pm on Sunday June 2018 to go to the aid of a boat which had broken down off Sarn Badrig.

Barmouth RNLI volunteers were paged at 4.21 pm on Sunday 3 June 2018 to go to the aid of a boat which had broken down off Sarn Badrig.

In fine weather and calm seas, the all weather lifeboat (ALB) Moira Barrie was launched at 4.25 pm and was with the fishing boat, the Thelma with four people on board, 8 miles west of the causeway buoy. The boat had run out of fuel with less in the reserve tank than the skipper thought. A tow was established and the boat was brought in to harbour where it was made safe on it mooring. The crew were accompanied by a school of dolphins on the way in.

The ALB returned to the boathouse and was ready for service again by 10.40 pm.

RNLI/Norma Stockford

A dolphin swims alongside the boats

RNLI/Norma Stockford

Towing in the Thelma

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