Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat rescues 5 people and 2 dogs off sandbank
At 11.20am on Thursday the 25th of August, 2016 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station were called into action after 5 people and 2 dogs became stranded on a sandbank with an incoming tide.
HM Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the station's inshore rescue boat, Margret a Nantw, following reports of the party being stranded on the north bank part of Black Rock sands; near the mouth of the estuary.
The lifeboat was quickly on scene and took the walkers and their dogs ashore in two sets - as the final set was transferred onto the beach, the bank became submerged. Once ashore, they were placed in the care of Criccieth's HM Coastguard team. This season, the Lifeboat Station at Criccieth has attended several similar incidents in which people have walked out along the sandbank without noticing lower lying sands nearer the shore, fill with water. At times, the water entering these channels can become fast flowing.
Following the lifeboat's return to station, Helmsman Gordon Emery stated 'Once again we make an appeal to people walking out on the sandbanks in the Black Rock area to be particularly mindful of incoming tide times. Information is available at the main entrance and people should allow enough time to make sure they can safely get back onto the main beach'.
For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer & Crew on 07554445316
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. 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 142,700 lives.