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Byline: The weekend of the 27th and 28th of July, 2013 proved to be exceptionally busy for volunteer crew members at Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat station with 5 separate incidents requiring their attendance.
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The first launch occurred on Friday evening at 5.00pm with a group of nine people and a dog marooned on a sand bank near Borth y Gest.  Due to prevailing tidal conditions, the station launched its inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, which is able to operate in the estuary’s shallow waters.  Once on scene a crew member was placed ashore to assess the situation; as the tide was ebbing it was decided to walk the party to the shore.

Saturday saw the station launch to two incidents.  The first launch saw the crew attending to a 14-foot cabin cruiser that was suffering from engine failure south-west of Criccieth.  With the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, alongside it was decided to provide the stricken vessel with a tow back to Black Rock for recovery whist taking the occupants onboard the lifeboat as the effects of exposure took hold.  The day’s second launch occurred at 9.20pm following reports of a person in the water off Mochras Point.  The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was immediately launched and was promptly on scene and initiating a search toward Mochras lagoon.  A little later the inshore rescue lifeboat was also tasked and transported by road to launch nearer the scene.  She commenced to search in the lagoon area.  RAF Valley’s search and rescue helicopter was also in attendance and assisted with the search alongside HM Coastguard teams from Harlech and Barmouth.  With no one found, it was decided to end the search at approximately 1.00am after a comprehensive programme of search patterns had been completed.

On Sunday at 3.15pm to search for two divers which were overdue at a diving location near the Porthmadog Fairway Buoy.  Their dive tender boat with one person on-board, had broken down and drifted for some two hours away from the site before being assisted by a passing power boat.  The tender’s occupant was taken under tow with his vessel to Porthmadog harbour to be assessed by an awaiting ambulance, whilst the lifeboat continued to search.  Some 20 minutes later another passing vessel reported seeing two persons with diving equipment on a desolate beach near Harlech.  The inshore rescue boat was sent to evacuate the divers back to the Atlantic 85 for medical assessment.  Given the amount of time the divers had been in the water, the RAF’s helicopter was again summoned; their on-board paramedic assessed the divers and suggested they be assessed further by ambulance staff ashore.  The divers were bought ashore in Criccieth; with no further medical attention required both returned home and the lifeboats were prepared for the next launch.

The weekend’s final launch occurred at 10.40pm on Sunday with the crew tasked to assist the local HM Coastguard team with a search for a missing male in the vicinity of Black Rock sands.  The man, who was staying locally, was found on land with slight head injuries after a search which lasted over an hour in moderate seas and darkness. 

Following these incidents Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated “This has by far been the station’s busiest weekend this year.   We’ve been tasked to incidents that have differed in nature and therefore called upon a range of search and rescue techniques and resolve from the crew.  Once again we ask that people take care whilst enjoying this area’s natural environment by making sure to check tide times and ensure that their boats are in good working order.”

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For further information please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotmail.com

Byline: The weekend of the 27th and 28th of July, 2013 proved to be exceptionally busy for volunteer crew members at Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat station with 5 separate incidents requiring their attendance.
Page Content:

The first launch occurred on Friday evening at 5.00pm with a group of nine people and a dog marooned on a sand bank near Borth y Gest.  Due to prevailing tidal conditions, the station launched its inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, which is able to operate in the estuary’s shallow waters.  Once on scene a crew member was placed ashore to assess the situation; as the tide was ebbing it was decided to walk the party to the shore.

Saturday saw the station launch to two incidents.  The first launch saw the crew attending to a 14-foot cabin cruiser that was suffering from engine failure south-west of Criccieth.  With the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, alongside it was decided to provide the stricken vessel with a tow back to Black Rock for recovery whist taking the occupants onboard the lifeboat as the effects of exposure took hold.  The day’s second launch occurred at 9.20pm following reports of a person in the water off Mochras Point.  The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was immediately launched and was promptly on scene and initiating a search toward Mochras lagoon.  A little later the inshore rescue lifeboat was also tasked and transported by road to launch nearer the scene.  She commenced to search in the lagoon area.  RAF Valley’s search and rescue helicopter was also in attendance and assisted with the search alongside HM Coastguard teams from Harlech and Barmouth.  With no one found, it was decided to end the search at approximately 1.00am after a comprehensive programme of search patterns had been completed.

On Sunday at 3.15pm to search for two divers which were overdue at a diving location near the Porthmadog Fairway Buoy.  Their dive tender boat with one person on-board, had broken down and drifted for some two hours away from the site before being assisted by a passing power boat.  The tender's occupant was taken under tow with his vessel to Porthmadog harbour to be assessed by an awaiting ambulance, whilst the lifeboat continued to search.  Some 20 minutes later another passing vessel reported seeing two persons with diving equipment on a desolate beach near Harlech.  The inshore rescue boat was sent to evacuate the divers back to the Atlantic 85 for medical assessment.  Given the amount of time the divers had been in the water, the RAF’s helicopter was again summoned; their on-board paramedic assessed the divers and suggested they be assessed further by ambulance staff ashore.  The divers were bought ashore in Criccieth; with no further medical attention required both returned home and the lifeboats were prepared for the next launch.

The weekend's final launch occurred at 10.40pm on Sunday with the crew tasked to assist the local HM Coastguard team with a search for a missing male in the vicinity of Black Rock sands.  The man, who was staying locally, was found on land with slight head injuries after a search which lasted over an hour in moderate seas and darkness. 

Following these incidents Criccieth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams stated “This has by far been the station’s busiest weekend this year.   We’ve been tasked to incidents that have differed in nature and therefore called upon a range of search and rescue techniques and resolve from the crew.  Once again we ask that people take care whilst enjoying this area’s natural environment by making sure to check tide times and ensure that their boats are in good working order.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or ifergwyn@hotmail.com