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Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat launches following concerns over paddle-boarder

Lifeboats News Release

At 7.30pm on Tuesday the 6th of June, 2017 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station were requested to launch following reports of a paddle-boarder in possible difficulty near Black Rock Sands in choppy seas.

The Crew promptly launched the Station's Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat, Doris Joan, into a strengthening wind, before making their way towards the paddle-boarder's last know location - entering the Porthmadog Channel from the direction of Black Rock Sands.

After making their way up the channel, the Crew spotted the paddle-boarder heading towards Porthmadog. On approach, the experienced paddle-boarder confirmed that he was not in any difficulty and was nearing the end of a near 7 mile paddle from Criccieth beach to Porthmadog.

The launch was logged as a false alarm with good intent.

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

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