Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat saves two walkers stranded by an incoming tide
At 11.00am on Wednesday the 30th of June 2021, volunteer Crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station launched to save two walkers and their dogs who’d become stranded by an incoming tide at a notorious blackspot on the North Bank at Black Rock Sands.
The walkers had raised the alarm with HM Coastguard after realising that their route back ashore had become inundated by swift flowing seawater. The Station deployed its inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, to be launched from her carriage in Porthmadog harbour as this would enable a swifter passage to the casualties location.
Once on-scene and confident that neither the walkers or their two dogs required medical or veterinary attention, all were taken aboard the Lifeboat and transported ashore. The RNLI continues to issue safety advice requesting that anyone walking along intertidal areas, such as sandbanks, should always be aware of tide times and ensure that they have a safe means of returning to safety. If walkers find themselves in danger, they should call 999 immediately and not try to swim ashore.
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.