Two calls in one day for Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats
On Sunday May 29th, 2016 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were tasked to attend two incidents in one day.
The day’s first call occurred at 3.15pm when the crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, following reports of a child being swept offshore in an inflatable dinghy off Harlech beach. Prior to the lifeboat’s arrival, a nearby speedboat had spotted the youngster and had taken him on-board and back to the safety of the beach. The lifeboat stood-by to ensure all was well before returning to Criccieth.
The lifeboat’s second launch was at 6.20pm. On this occasion it was to a broken-down speedboat and jet-ski near Mochras. As the lifeboat launched, it became apparent that a third vessel, another jet-ski, was attempting to tow both vessels back toward Black Rock Sands. On-scene the crew decided that the lifeboat was to tow both vessels ashore, whilst escorting the third vessel. Six occupants were bought aboard the lifeboat – including two teenage children. Although unhurt, they we’re feeling the effects of cold out at sea.
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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, in a normal year, 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.