Two calls in one-day for Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station
On Sunday (20 September, 2020) volunteer crew-members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station responded to two calls in one-day.
The first call for assistance came at 10.40am whilst the crew were out on a planned exercise aboard their Atlantic 85-class Lifeboat,
Doris Joan. A personal-location-beacon had sent a Mayday distress call from a yacht in the area. The volunteer crew swiftly made-way towards the beacons' signal and discovered it had been unintentionally set-off by a lone sailor who was not in need of assistance. Once the crew were satisfied that all was well, they continued with their exercise plan.
At 4.20pm the lifeboat crew were again paged and tasked by HM Coastguard following reports of a broken-down water-ski a near Criccieth Castle. Once launched, the crew approached what was believed to be the stricken vessel only to discover that the reported water-ski's rider had managed to restart the engine and make-way back to their launch site at Black Rock Sands. The lifeboat and her crew followed the reported water-ski's path towards the beach to make sure all occupants were safe and well. Safe in the knowledge that their services weren't required, the volunteers headed back to Criccieth to recover the lifeboat and make her ready for service.
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