“At 10.30am, volunteer Crew Members from Criccieth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were requested to launch following multiple reports of a yacht aground at the northern end of Harlech beach.
The yacht, named Thimble and approximately 30ft in length, had gotten into difficulties near the mouth of the Porthmadog Estuary whilst attempting to navigate upriver.
Following initial calls, members of both Criccieth and Harlech HM Coastguard Teams had been deployed to assist, however with the yacht unable to refloat, it was decided to call Criccieth Lifeboat.
The Station’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was quickly on scene. However, the Crew were unable to attach a towline due to the ebbing tide and large waves at the foreshore. During this period, HM Coastguard had received further calls reporting a yacht in difficulty further south and requested that Barmouth RNLI launch their lifeboats. It quickly became apparent that these reports related to the same vessel; accordingly Barmouth Lifeboat’s inshore rescue boat was returned to Station whilst the all-weather Lifeboat continued towards Harlech in the hope that they could attach a rocket-line to tow the yacht. Once on-scene and following discussion with the Criccieth’s Lifeboat Crew it was decided that both vessels stood-by until high water, as the occupant was safely ashore.
After being afloat for 3 hours, the Crew of Criccieth Lifeboat were stood-down and returned to shore.” -RNLI
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