03/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/11/2019 05:42
Large crowds gathered to welcome the spectacular arrival of Barmouth's new Shannon class lifeboat the Ella Larsen as she ploughed through the waves in 40mph winds.
The RNLI's new £2.2 million Shannon lifeboat arrived at Barmouth on Sunday10 March 2019 as hundreds of supporters and well-wishers lined the beach to greet the new state-of-the-art lifeboat.
The new boat was met out at sea by Barmouth's current Mersey Class lifeboat, the Moira Barrie; they were also accompanied down the coast by Criccieth's B Class Atlantic 85 lifeboat. It was a moving and memorable sight to see the boats surging through the heavy seas as they neared the shore.
The Barmouth Coxswains and volunteer crew gave a display of the new boat's manoeuvrability before beaching and being recovered onto the Shannon Launch and Recovery vehicle. Both all-weather lifeboats were then towed to the beach in front of the Boathouse to be presented to the crowd.
Further training for the volunteer crew will continue for a number of weeks until the new boat takes over from the Moira Barrie, the station's Mersey class all-weather lifeboat which has looked after life-saving in Cardigan Bay since her arrival in 1992.
Coxswain Peter Davies said:
'Thank you all for turning out from far and wide to welcome us here in this very cold and rough weather. We have had a tiring but enjoyable passage round from Poole since Wednesday, but it has given us the opportunity to learn such a lot about this wonderful new boat. The way she has performed in some very large seas on the way here is just fantastic. We are all amazed at her speed and capability; and have every confidence that she has the potential to help us save even more lives at sea'.
Dr Rob Haworth, former Barmouth RNLI Chairman and crew member said:
'On behalf of all past crew members I would like to congratulate you all. You have a great team here in Barmouth, led by two very able Coxswains. The commitment shown by you during your training for the arrival of your new lifeboat and the essential part the shore crew continues to play is commendable. I am delighted that the RNLI has shown their faith in you by placing a Shannon here.'
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