Byline: At 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of August, 2014 volunteer crew members from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to go to the aid of two people stranded on Ballast Island, near Porthmadog.
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The couple, on holiday from the
London area, had walked from Portmeirion up the estuary towards Ballast Island
at low tide.  Not being aware of local tidal conditions, they had become
marooned on the island and required the services of Criccieth’s Atlantic 85
class lifeboat, Doris Joan.

The lifeboat promptly made-way from
Criccieth and quickly located the couple who were cold but otherwise unharmed.
 Once aboard the lifeboat, they were transferred the short distance to

Following the incident, Criccieth’s
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented “I would urge anyone
venturing onto the estuary’s sands at low tide, to be aware that the incoming
tide travels swiftly in the estuary.  Today’s rescue demonstrates how
quickly people can become trapped by the water – thankfully their particular
location was high enough to seek safety and await the lifeboat”.



For further information, please
contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer & Crew on 07554445316


Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat, along with an RAF rescue helicopter have been in action today after a fisherman was taken ill aboard a charter angling boat.
Page Content: The alert was raised today (20 August 2014) shortly before 11.00am when a charter angling boat contacted Thames coastguard reporting that one of the fishing party on board had been taken ill and also sustained a head injury. The boat, from Essex, had five persons on board and at the time was at anchor around six miles north of Margate.

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was tasked to assist along with an RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham airfield.

The lifeboat arrived on scene and two crewmembers were put aboard the boat (one also a local paramedic) to assess the casualty. Once the helicopter arrived an additional paramedic was put on board. After initial assessment it was established the casualty required immediate evacuation and was winched into the helicopter. The casualty was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford: the RNLI paramedic crewmember remained with the helicopter for the journey.

No further details about the casualty’s condition are known at this time.

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: 
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789


Byline: Volunteer crewman from the RNLI’s Barrow station today, Tuesday 19th August 2014, launched their inshore lifeboat ‘Vision of Tamworth’ to go to the assistance of a disabled dinghy in Walney Channel.
Page Content: Liverpool Coastguard raised the alarm when two adults and one child were seen to be in difficulty and unable to start the engine of their inflatable dinghy, whilst in Walney Channel at a location known as ‘The Elbow’. The lifeboat crew were paged at 3-40pm and the boat, crewed  by Ben Jackson and Adam Cleasby, was launched and on its way by 3-50pm.

At the time the weather was fine, the tide had just begun to flood with high water expected at 7-32pm at a height of 7.2 metres. The wind was a moderate breeze from the North West and visibility was excellent.

The crew had travelled the two miles to the scene and had the vessel under tow by 4pm. The dinghy and its crew were safely landed at Ferry Pitching and then the lifeboat returned to station, arriving at 4-25pm.
Barrow inshore lifeboat tows in disabled dinghy