THE lifeboat ‘Margaret Bench of Solihull’ has been called out twice in one week to rescue children in danger of drowning off the coast of its Abersoch base.
The Atlantic 75 class boat, which helps to cover the seas off North Wales, raced to the rescue on August 2 after three children went missing at Aberdaron believed to have gone ‘tombstoning’ - jumping off the cliffs or rocks into the sea.
An RAF rescue helicopter was scrambled. The coastguard located two of the children and the lifeboat crew spotted the third child clinging to the rocks. All the children were brought to safety.
Just six days later the ‘Margaret Bench of Solihull’ was in action again following reports of two children in the sea after their inflatable dinghy capsized and blew out to sea. The lifeboat found the two boys who were still in the water, very tired, cold and without lifejackets.
Fortunately they were clinging to the board of a windsurfer who had spotted them and went to their assistance. The children were taken aboard the lifeboat and returned safely ashore into the care of the coastguard.
The ‘Margaret Bench of Solihull’ has been on station at Abersoch since 2002 and was funded by a legacy of the late Margaret Bench, a former resident of Solihull.
Abersoch’s previous lifeboat, ‘The Borough of Solihull’, had been funded by a borough-wide fund raising appeal and was in service there from 1990 – 2002.
The RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary donations and so without the generosity of Solihull folk neither of these boats would have been available to save lives at sea.
Anyone locally willing to give support or assistance to the local fund raising branch is invited to contact David Herriott at firstname.lastname@example.org.