Late-night launch for Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboats to assist yacht aground
At 11.25pm on Sunday the 17th of June, 2018 volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboats Station were tasked by HM Coastguard to launch and assist a yacht that had run-aground near the mouth of the Glaslyn Estuary.
The 25ft yacht, with a crew of two males from the east-midlands area, had set off earlier in the day from Abersoch with an intended destination of Mochras. However, during the transit the yacht had run-aground at Harlech Spit and remained on the sand bank for the rest of the day awaiting the incoming tide; members of the HM Coastguard team at Harlech had maintained contact with the occupants to ensure their wellbeing.
However, as the tide rose during the hours of darkness, it became evident that the yacht’s engine was defective and that they’d require assistance in being bought to safety. Criccieth’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was promptly launched and made its way towards the yacht to give assistance. Owing to the yacht’s position in the inter-tidal zone, the Station’s smaller inshore rescue boat, Margaret a Nantw, was also tasked with a full complement of Crew.
Following some careful boat-handling, the Atlantic 85 was able to move alongside the yacht and a crewmember was placed aboard to attach a towline. The yacht was successfully towed off the sandbank and into the safety of the main channel. The yacht was towed into Porthmadog harbour where she was placed on a mooring. The inshore rescue boat was not launched, but her crew assisted in positioning the yacht as she arrived in Porthmadog.
The Lifeboats returned to Station at around 1.30am.
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Key facts about the RNLI
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.