Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats rescue walker and dog at Black Rock Sands

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.40pm on the 9th of April, 2021 volunteer crew-members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station launched both Lifeboats to rescue a walker, and his dog, stranded on a sandbank at Black Rock sands.

Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboats

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboats

Both Lifeboats were immediately launched from Criccieth Beach and made-way towards the walkers location at the eastern end of Black Rock Sands. The Lifeboats were guided towards the exact location by an on-shore team from HM Coastguard.

Due to the walker’s location, it was decided that the Station's smaller inshore-rescue-boat would approach the casualty and the dog, whilst the larger Atlantic 85 Lifeboat stood-by. Once safely aboard, both the walker and the dog were transferred ashore to the care of the awaiting HM Coastguard team.

The incident occurred along a sandbank which has been the scene of numerous rescues over the past few years. The extensive sandbank is exposed at low-tide but is swiftly cut-off from the beach by a deep, swift moving channel of water, as the tide rises.

Once the Lifeboats and crew were back ashore at Criccieth, the boats and equipment were disinfected in-line with Covid-19 protocols.

Following the incident, Criccieth's Acting Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Fisher stated "As we emerge from a period of lockdown and people start accessing our coastline for leisure purposes, I would like to remind people to check local tide-times and ensure they plan their route accordingly. In addition, anyone finding themselves cut-off by the tide should call 999 immediately, ask for HM Coastguard and await rescue - they should not attempt to swim ashore."

For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316

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