Fifteen people, including four children, were drowned on July 22, 1966, when the Prince of Wales ferry hit the toll bridge. The ferry had been taking 39 people on a pleasure trip from Barmouth to the hotel in the village. The then hotel proprietor, John Antony Hall, with his chef, David Jones assisted by the barman, Bob Jones saved many lives on that day. Without their hard work, many more people would have drowned. None were recognised for their bravery that day.