RNLI Barmouth rescue four from powerboat

RNLI Barmouth inshore lifeboat was launched on Thursday July 23 at 13:30 and four lives were saved..

At approximately midday, Deputy Launching Authority John Puddle saw a 14 foot powerboat leaving the harbour in rough seas and a force five southwesterly wind.

Just after 13:00 he became aware that the boat had not returned to the harbour so he telephoned Llew Griffin the RNLI Mechanic at the Lifeboat Station and asked him if he could see the boat from there.

Using the telescope at the station, Llew spotted a boat with two adults and two children on board fishing.

Suddenly the boat was seen to capsize so the inshore lifeboat was launched immediately to the North Bank about half a mile from the shore with crewmembers Llew Griffin and Arun Griffiths on board.

This was a very special launch for Arun who is a probationer on the lifeboat, as not only did he help to rescue four people from the sea, it was his first service launch.

The family of four from Burnley in Lancashire were pulled from the sea into the lifeboat, wrapped in foil and the lifeboat returned to Barmouth Lifeboat Station where other members of the crew were on hand with blankets and warm drinks.

It soon became apparent that the two boys aged seven and eleven were suffering from mild hypothermia so the ambulance was called. The mother of the two boys was also in pain possibly from being stung by a jellyfish. The paramedic on board the ambulance is also a crewmember of Barmouth Lifeboat.

The ambulance crew treated the family and after ascertaining that they did not need hospital attention were taken to the campsite where they are staying for their holiday.

John Probert, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Barmouth Lifeboat Station, said: 'Had it not been for the vigilance of one of our crewmembers and the quick reactions of the mechanic, the consequences of the fishing trip could have been far more serious. Before venturing onto the sea the state of the wind and the tide should always be taken into account.'

Date Added - 24-Jul-2009

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