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Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats launch to broken-down speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.20pm on 27th March, 2022 volunteer Crew-members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station launched both of their Lifeboats to assist a broken-down speedboat.

Criccieth Lifeboats

RNLI/Ifer Gwyn

Criccieth Lifeboats
The request to initially launch the Station’s Atlantic 85-class Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was received by HM Coastguard and the Station promptly launched the Lifeboat which quickly arrived on scene, downstream from Borth y Gest.

The 14-foot stricken speedboat had 3 persons onboard, all of whom were wearing lifejackets, had suffered from engine failure as it made-way towards Porthmadog Harbour. With the tide ebbing quickly in the estuary, the Crew requested the launch of the Station’s smaller inshore-rescue-boat, Margaret a Nantw which was subsequently launched from Porthmadog Harbour after being transported there by road. With both Lifeboats on-scene, two of the speedboat’s crew were placed aboard the inshore rescue boat and transferred ashore to prepare for their boat’s recovery. The larger Lifeboat established an along-side tow and safely towed the speedboat back to Porthmadog with the third crew member staying onboard.

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