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Two calls in one day for Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday May 29th, 2016 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were tasked to attend two incidents in one day.

The day’s first call occurred at 3.15pm when the crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, following reports of a child being swept offshore in an inflatable dinghy off Harlech beach.  Prior to the lifeboat’s arrival, a nearby speedboat had spotted the youngster and had taken him on-board and back to the safety of the beach.  The lifeboat stood-by to ensure all was well before returning to Criccieth.

The lifeboat’s second launch was at 6.20pm.  On this occasion it was to a broken-down speedboat and jet-ski near Mochras.  As the lifeboat launched, it became apparent that a third vessel, another jet-ski, was attempting to tow both vessels back toward Black Rock Sands.  On-scene the crew decided that the lifeboat was to tow both vessels ashore, whilst escorting the third vessel.  Six occupants were bought aboard the lifeboat – including two teenage children.  Although unhurt, they we’re feeling the effects of cold out at sea.

ENDS

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