Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat saves 5 lives at Black Rock Sands

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.50pm on Saturday the 25th of August 2018 volunteer Crew-members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were called into action following initial reports of 8 persons stuck on a sandbank near Black Rock Sands.

Criccieth inshore rescue boat

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth inshore rescue boat
The Station promptly launched their inshore rescue boat from Criccieth's beach. Initial reports had been of 8 people requiring rescue, but on arrival it was confirmed that 3 had crossed the channel to shore.

The Lifeboat rescued the remaining casualties, three adults and two children, who were safely bought ashore by the Lifeboat into the care of Criccieth's HM Coastguard team.

The Station’s larger Atlantic 85 Lifeboat had also initially been launched, but returned to Station as the casualty total was reduced.

Today’s call brings the number of lives saved by Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboats to 9 this year. Following the rescue, Criccieth's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated "The five people saved today were very lucky that the Lifeboat reached them in time. Once again this year, the Crew are being called out regularly to people cut off by the incoming tide. I request that those venturing onto the sandbanks neat Black Rock Sands make sure they're familiar with local tide times and conditions".

For further information please contact Ifer Gwyn 0755444531

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