Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats launch to yacht aground in the Porthmadog Estuary

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday the 29th of December, 2018 volunteer Crewmembers from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station launched their lifeboats on three occasions to a yacht which had run-aground in the Porthmadog Estuary.

Freeranger on the sandbank

RNLI/Chris Fisher

Freeranger on the sandbank
The Crew's first launch took place shortly after 12.15am. The Station's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Doris Joan, was promptly on-scene and ensured that both of the stricken vessel's crew were in no imminent danger; with the tide dropping quickly there was no opportunity to refloat the 9 metre yacht, Freeranger, which had earlier departed from Porthmadog en-route to Fishguard.

Later in the morning at 8am the Crew launched the Station's inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, from Porthmadog to prepare the yacht for recovery and to check on her crew's well-being.

As the next high-tide was due at 1.10pm, the Station launched both lifeboats at 11.45am. Once on-scene, an experienced Crewmember was placed aboard the yacht and proceeded to free her using its own engine and pulling on the anchor. Both Lifeboats stood-by prior to escorting the yacht into open water. The yacht was then able to make way under her own steam towards her destination.

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316.

Criccieth Lifeboats

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth Lifeboats

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