Byline: At 5pm on Saturday the 6th of September, 2014 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to go to the aid of one person stranded on Ballast Island, near Porthmadog.
Page Content: The man, attending Festival No. 6 being held in Portmeirion and from the London area, had walked from Portmeirion up the estuary towards Ballast Island at low tide. Not being aware of local tidal conditions, he sought safety on the island and required the services of Criccieth's inshore rescue boat, Margret and Nantw.
The lifeboat was launched from Porthmadog and located the man following a brief search; he was cold but otherwise unharmed. Once aboard the lifeboat, he was transferred the short distance to Porthmadog.
Following the incident, Criccieth's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Williams commented, "I would urge festival goers to be aware of local tidal conditions and take heed of the information provided at Portmeirion regarding tide times. Today's rescue demonstrates how quickly people can become trapped by the water - thankfully his particular location was high enough to seek safety and await the lifeboat".
This service represented the station’s 25th call of the year.
For further information, please contact Ifer Gwyn, Criccieth Lifeboat Press Officer on 07554445316 or Ifer_Gwyn@rnli.org.uk.