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Barmouth RNLI Volunteer joins the Royal Navy

Local Barmouth boy Martin East grew up by the seaside. His dad Michael, better known on Barmouth quay as ‘Copper’, was a lobster fisherman; so he got his sea legs early on in life.

Martin worked as a chef for 17 years and was very sought after by local hotels and restaurants and, at the suggestion of the Coxswain, he joined Barmouth RNLI in 2014. After attending courses at the RNLI Training College in Poole and with the hands-on training he received in Barmouth, he soon became an integral member of the crew, serving on both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

In September 2015, Martin played a vital part in the rescue of two people from a 22 foot sailing boat stuck on a sandbank on Fairbourne beach near the entrance to Barmouth Bar. He was featured on the BBC’s programme Saving Lives at Sea bravely leaping from the lifeboat to board the yacht which was being pounded by the waves in force 6 to 7 winds.

Martin’s heart was always with the sea, and after speaking with a crew member who had served in the forces, he applied to join the Royal Navy in 2016. He was accepted and joined HMS Raleigh, the RN shore-based training establishment stationed at Plymouth. Martin completed his phase one training on 11 January of this year and now begins his profession training as a hydrographer, using the latest methods and equipment involved in exploring and managing the seabed. He hopes to be assigned a ship in May 2019.

Martin said: ‘I can thoroughly recommend volunteering for the RNLI to the young people of Barmouth. The first-rate training I received in Poole and the practical training with the Barmouth crew provided a stepping stone for me and gave me the knowledge and confidence to apply join the royal Navy. I will always be grateful to Coxswain Peter Davies and the Barmouth team and shall miss not being there to see them receive their new Shannon in March, but I look forward to them teaching me all about it when I am home on leave!’

 

Barmouth B & B raises funds for RNLI

When Glenn and Sarah Radford moved to Ocean Drive Guesthouse in Marine Parade, Barmouth, three years ago, they soon began supporting their local RNLI station. Now a familiar figure in his Victorian bathing costume, Glenn made his third appearance at the RNLI’s New Year’s Day dip on 1 January 2019. But the couple also have also had another ingenious way of raising funds for the charity.

For the past year, they have been asking each of their Bed and Breakfast guests, when they leave, to donate £1 to the RNLI. They are then given a ticket, their names recorded and the lucky winner would win a 2-night stay free of charge in a room of their choice. On New Year’s day 2019, Coxswain Peter Davies was asked to draw a name out of a hat and was delighted to find that their efforts had raised a magnificent £1,000 donation for the RNLI!

Pictured is Sarah Radford with Coxswain Peter Davies making the draw and Glenn Radford ready for his dip

Hundreds turn out for Barmouth RNLI’S New Year's Day dip

Crowds collected on Barmouth promenade for the annual New Year’s Day dip into the waters of Cardigan Bay. Since the first event held in 2011, the turnout was the largest so far with over a hundred brave supporters gathering at the lifeboat house to take the plunge and raise money for the RNLI.

At 11 am prompt, 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 a grey first day of January 2019. Visitors came from all corners of the UK to join locals in supporting the charity that saves lives at sea, with one brave participant coming all the way from Canada.

After their dip, they enjoyed hot drinks and a warming barbecue breakfast served in the Lifeboat station, and the cannons were again fired at noon in remembrance of past crew members.

Coxswain Peter Davies said: ‘We are so grateful to all those who turned up to take part in this event, our eighth New Year’s Day dip. We have raised over £1,500 today and there is still lots more sponsorship money to be collected, making it another great start to a year of fundraising in Barmouth, thank you all very much.’

 

 

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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 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. 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 137,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland