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Byline: At 3.20pm on Sunday the 22nd of September, 2013 volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to go to the assistance of a lost speedboat near Black Rock sands.
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The incident was reported to HM Coastguard
by the local National Coastwatch Institute station who’d been watching the 23-foot
speedboat, Baywatch, trying to enter the Porthmadog channel but clearly
lost.  Once tasked by HM Coastguard, the
station promptly launched its Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan.  With the lifeboat quickly alongside the
speedboat, it was apparent that they were lost and without navigation aids or
communication devices.  There were 7
persons onboard, including 2 children, who were wearing lifejackets.  3 of the occupants had gone ashore in an
attempt to locate the channel themselves.

  

Due to the ebbing tide and high tidal range
in the estuary, the station’s smaller inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw,
was tasked and offered to pilot the speedboat into Porthmadog, where they’d
launched some time earlier.  However, the
ebbing tide precluded the lifeboat from navigating them down the channel, with
the water shallower than 1foot in places due to the strong spring tides.

  

All vessels returned to Porthmadog fairway
buoy at the entrance to the channel with all occupants returned aboard the
speedboat.  It was agreed that two of the
occupants were to be placed ashore by the inshore rescue boat and taken to
Porthmadog by the local HM Coastguard team to get their recovery vehicle and
trailer and take them to Criccieth.  The Atlantic
85 lifeboat escorted the speedboat to Criccieth beach for recovery.  Once at anchor off Criccieth beach, all
remaining occupants were bought ashore until their recovery vehicle arrived;
the children had begun to feel the effects of the cold by this time.

  

The lifeboat crew assisted in ensuring that
the speedboat was safely recovered.  Both
lifeboats were made ready for service by 6.00pm. 

  

Following the incident, Criccieth
Lifeboat’s Operations Manager Peter Williams stated, “It is vital that anyone
taking to the sea is able to navigate their way back to port and be aware of
local tidal conditions, including tide times. 
Equally important is the need to ensure that they have adequate
communications equipment and know how to use them.  These people had set out earlier in the day
when the tide was much higher – by the time they returned it was a very
different environment.”

 

  

ENDS

  

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

Byline: At 3.20pm on Sunday the 22nd of September, 2013 volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to go to the assistance of a lost speedboat near Black Rock sands.
Page Content: The incident was reported to HM Coastguard by the local National Coastwatch Institute station who’d been watching the 23-foot speedboat, Baywatch, trying to enter the Porthmadog channel but clearly lost.  Once tasked by HM Coastguard, the station promptly launched its Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan.  With the lifeboat quickly alongside the speedboat, it was apparent that they were lost and without navigation aids or communication devices.  There were 7 persons onboard, including 2 children, who were wearing lifejackets.  3 of the occupants had gone ashore in an attempt to locate the channel themselves.   

Due to the ebbing tide and high tidal range in the estuary, the station’s smaller inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, was tasked and offered to pilot the speedboat into Porthmadog, where they’d launched some time earlier.  However, the ebbing tide precluded the lifeboat from navigating them down the channel, with the water shallower than 1foot in places due to the strong spring tides.   

All vessels returned to Porthmadog fairway buoy at the entrance to the channel with all occupants returned aboard the speedboat.  It was agreed that two of the occupants were to be placed ashore by the inshore rescue boat and taken to Porthmadog by the local HM Coastguard team to get their recovery vehicle and trailer and take them to Criccieth.  The Atlantic 85 lifeboat escorted the speedboat to Criccieth beach for recovery.  Once at anchor off Criccieth beach, all remaining occupants were bought ashore until their recovery vehicle arrived; the children had begun to feel the effects of the cold by this time.   

The lifeboat crew assisted in ensuring that the speedboat was safely recovered.  Both lifeboats were made ready for service by 6.00pm.    

Following the incident, Criccieth Lifeboat’s Operations Manager Peter Williams stated, “It is vital that anyone taking to the sea is able to navigate their way back to port and be aware of local tidal conditions, including tide times.  Equally important is the need to ensure that they have adequate communications equipment and know how to use them.  These people had set out earlier in the day when the tide was much higher – by the time they returned it was a very different environment.”     

ENDS   

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