Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats rescue two stranded walkers and three dogs off sandbank

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.45pm on May the 8th, 2021 volunteer Crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station launched to rescue two stranded walkers and three dogs from the sandbank at Black Rock Sands, the second such incident at the same location this year.

Criccieth Lifeboats transferring casualties ashore in Porthmadog

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth Lifeboats transferring casualties ashore in Porthmadog

The Station launched their Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, from Criccieth beach whilst the smaller inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, was transferred to Porthmadog by road and launched from the harbour. Both made swift progress towards the casualties location, guided from ashore by the local HM Coastguard team.

Both casualties, who were walking their three dogs along the bank, became stranded by an incoming tide which had filled the deep channels behind them with swift moving water and cutting-off their passage onto the beach. Once on scene both casualties and their dogs were taken aboard the inshore rescue boat prior to being taken about the larger lifeboat. Within minutes of being taken aboard the Lifeboat, the remaining area of sand had disappeared underwater.

Due to the choppy sea conditions, it was decided to transfer the walkers and their dogs ashore in the safety of Porthmadog harbour. Neither required medical attention.


For further information please contact Ifer Gwyn on 07554445316.

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