View as PDF

Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats partake in extensive multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.15pm on February the 8th, 2017 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station took part in an extensive multi-agency search in the Dwyryd Estuary following reports of a missing walker who'd been spotted in the estuary and potentially been caught by an incoming tide.

The Station's crew promptly launched both Lifeboats alongside mobilised UK Coastguard Search and Rescue Teams from both Criccieth and Harlech and the UK Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Caernarfon. All units were tasked to search for a man last-seen walking along the estuary's extensive sandbanks; the man had reportedly been taking photos and had been advised by staff from Portmeirion village to seek refugee from the flooding tide on Ynys Gifftan Island in the middle of the estuary and await rescue.

Having lost site of the man as he walked towards the small island, staff raised the alarm by contacting UK Coastguard.

The Station's Atlantic 85-class Lifeboat, Doris Joan, commenced a shoreline search along the headland near Portmeirion and across the confluence of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn rivers due to shallow waters. The Station's inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, made-way towards the island, searching the surrounding water as it approached. Two crew members were placed on the island and committed a thorough search of the island's shoreline and abandoned buildings.

Following a search lasting some two-hours, reports were received that the walker had in fact crossed the estuary sometime earlier near Talsarnau and was unaware a 999 call had been made. Following confirmation that he was safe and well, all units were stood-down. The call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland