Criccieth RNLI Lifeboats partake in extensive multi-agency search
At 6.15pm on February the 8th, 2017 volunteer crew members from Criccieth's RNLI Lifeboat Station took part in an extensive multi-agency search in the Dwyryd Estuary following reports of a missing walker who'd been spotted in the estuary and potentially been caught by an incoming tide.
Having lost site of the man as he walked towards the small island, staff raised the alarm by contacting UK Coastguard.
The Station's Atlantic 85-class Lifeboat, Doris Joan, commenced a shoreline search along the headland near Portmeirion and across the confluence of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn rivers due to shallow waters. The Station's inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, made-way towards the island, searching the surrounding water as it approached. Two crew members were placed on the island and committed a thorough search of the island's shoreline and abandoned buildings.
Following a search lasting some two-hours, reports were received that the walker had in fact crossed the estuary sometime earlier near Talsarnau and was unaware a 999 call had been made. Following confirmation that he was safe and well, all units were stood-down. The call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.