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New boathouse for Criccieth's lifesaving RNLI inshore rescue boat

Lifeboats News Release

Construction of a new boathouse is well under way at Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station. The boathouse, which is being built near the main boathouse, will house the station's Arancia Class inshore rescue boat and associated all-road vehicle.

Criccieth's Arancia Lifeboat

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Criccieth's Arancia Lifeboat
Last year the inshore rescue boat was involved in saving the lives of 18 people in the Tremadog Bay area. In total, the station saved the lives of 19 people during 2016 - the joint 2nd highest total throughout the UK & Ireland. The new boathouse will provide a tailor-made home for the lifeboat which will be stowed on its trailer and attached to a 4x4; this enables crew members to tow the lifeboat to a range of launch and recovery sites around the bay.

The cost of the boathouse has been met by a local will and donations from people living either in Criccieth or with connections to the town. A new 4x4 vehicle will also be provided and the cost of this has also been met from a local donation.

Criccieth was the first station in the UK to be allocated an Arancia Class lifeboat, which are normally used for surf rescue, for effecting rescues in tidal areas around the Dwyryd and Glaslyn Estuaries in the main.

The Station's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter L Williams stated 'the new boathouse will provide a fitting home to a lifesaving piece of equipment. The Arancia has been called into action on 94 occasions since joining us at Criccieth in 2011, following a trail boat being stationed here in 2009. Last year alone it saved 18 lives, proving it's value to the RNLI fleet.'

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For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 075544453216
Criccieth's new boathouse

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth's new boathouse
Criccieth's new boathouse

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth's new boathouse

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