Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat saves four people stranded on sandbank

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.20pm on Wednesday the 23rd of May, 2018 volunteer Crew Members were tasked to attend an incident at the North Bank area of Black Rock Sands where four people had become cut-off by the incoming tide.

Criccieth inshore rescue boat

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth inshore rescue boat
The initial call for the services of Criccieth Lifeboat had been made by a Gwynedd Council beach warden located on Black Rock Sands. They had noticed that a group of four persons had become stranded on the bank by the tide and required immediate assistance.

The Station's Arancia inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, was promptly launched and quickly arrived on-scene. The family group, who were visiting the area, were taken aboard the Lifeboat and transported ashore to the care of awaiting authorities.

Following the incident, Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager Peter Williams commented 'without the services of the Lifeboat, the family would have been in imminent and grave danger. I urge all those wishing to walk along that area of the beach to remain vigilant and take note of tide times. As the Bank Holiday approaches and with fine weather forecast, it is imperative that people take necessary precautions to keep themselves out of harms-way'.

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

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