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Criccieth RNLI volunteers rescue seventh walker from the same sandbank

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.00pm on Wednesday the 14th of September 2016, volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station rescued a walker and his dog from the same sandbank that would have claimed the lives of 7 others had it not been for the crew's efforts.

The walker, from the Manchester area, had been out walking his dog on the sandbank at the southern tip of Black Rock Sands, when the incoming tide necessitated his rescue.

The Station promptly launched its inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, from Criccieth beach.  Once on scene they quickly recovered the walker and his dog off the sandbank before returning him to the safety of the main beach.  By the time the lifeboat had reached the beach, the incoming tide had covered the sandbank completely.  

Following the Lifeboat's return to station, Criccieth's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated 'This summer the crew has been called upon on several occasions to rescue walkers from the same area; once again I call upon walkers to be vigilant of incoming tides and plan their walks accordingly'.

For further information, please contact iIfer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316.

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