Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats launch 4 times in 1 day
On Wednesday the 18th of September 2019, Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboats responded to 4 calls in one day with both lifeboats tasked during the day.
The first incident occurred at 11am with the Station’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, tasked to assist a broken-down 27ft yacht in the Porthmadog channel. The stricken vessel, with one person aboard, had requested the RNLI’s assistance after its primary and secondary engines had failed. A further engine, which was attached to the yacht’s tender, couldn’t be used due to the strength of the out-going tide. The Lifeboat attached a tow-line and proceeded to take the vessel into Porthmadog harbour.
Shortly after the Crew returned to Criccieth, another tasking was received following multiple calls to UK Coastguard of a kayaker in trouble near Criccieth castle. The Station primed their inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, as the kayaker was in the sea and unable to get back into his vessel. Fortunately, the kayaker was supported in returning ashore prior to the Lifeboat launching, including assistance from a Crewmember who’d entered the water. Criccieth’s UK Coastguard unit oversaw the incident.
As the second incident concluded, a third call was received from a 30ft yacht. The vessel had lost engine power near the mouth of the Dwyfor River and drifted onto submerged rocks. Due to the ebbing tide, the Lifeboat was unable to refloat the yacht which had two persons aboard. Later the same evening, the Lifeboat was tasked to return to the yacht and retrieve her off the reef and tow her to Pwllheli marina.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.