March 13th, 2019
Last Sunday morning, crowds turned out in nearby Barmouth, to welcome a new state of the art £2.2 million lifeboat, delivered by the RNLI. The boat, named the Ella Larsen, was escorted by lifeboats from Aberdyfi, Criccieth and Pwllheli.
The new Shannon Class boat replaced the previous Mersey Class one at Barmouth (Moira Barrie) which had been in active service for 26 years! So, a new boat was well overdue, and it includes some amazing new technology. It’s the first all-weather boat to be propelled by water jets, instead of mechanical propellers. And, it’s nearly 50% faster than the old boat – it can reach top speeds of 25 knots while having the technology to stop almost instantly, which will make drawing up beside a vessel in need of help much easier. The boat is the RNLI’s most maneuverable and agile yet.
The boat arrived following a large fundraising campaign that has been ongoing in and around Barmouth for many years. There has been a lifeboat at Barmouth since 1828 – almost 200 years! Countless lives have been saved in that time. The new lifeboat will provide a much needed modern service along Cardigan Bay for both locals and visitors alike, in this busy seaside town.
About the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices