Croeso i Wefan Gorsaf Bad Achub Criccieth Welcome to the Criccieth Lifeboat Station Website
This home page shows the latest service launches, exercise dates and the latest news from the station.
Site last updated 9th March 2014
Our lifeboat station is located in the small seaside resort of Criccieth and covers the north eastern corner of Cardigan Bay. The station has been in existence since 1853 and currently operates both an Atlantic 85 lifeboat "DORIS JOAN" which was placed on service at the station on 6th November 2007 and an Arrancia Inshore Rescue Boat "Margaret and Nantw"(A-76) which arrived on 16th June, 2011. The IRB is primarily used for work in the shallow waters of the Glaslyn and Dwyryd estuaries..
2014 Service Calls - 1 calls have been answered so far in 2014
2013 Service Calls - 59 calls were answered in 2013
2012 Service Calls - 33 calls were answered in 2012
2012 Service Calls - 33 calls were answered in 2012
2012 Service Calls - 33 calls were answered in 20122011 Service Calls - 56 calls were answered in 2011
2010 Service Calls - 60 calls were answered in 20102009 Service Calls - 27 calls were answered in 2009
2008 Service Calls - 20 calls were answered in 2008
2007 Service Calls - 23 calls were answered in 2007
2006 Service Calls- 32 calls were answered in 2006
Latest Service Launches -
First call of 2014
1 March 1715 (IRB)
The ketch "TOKI MATA" became flooded in Porthmadog harbour and was listing over 45 degrees with her gunwhales under water. The Arancia IRB was launched and utlilising the portable salvage pump, primarily intended for use with the Atlantic 85, the crew were able to pump the vessel dry and place her on a new mooring.
21 December 0916 (A85)
In conjunction with the Pwllheli lifeboats the Atlantic 85 was launched in rough seas to search for a man reported missing at Pwllheli. She searched the area from Criccieth Castle to Penychain Head. The man was found safe and well ashore the following day!
8 December 1114 (A85) 1115 (IRB)
Both boats were launched following reports of a man trapped by the tide close to Boston Lodge. The Atlantic 85 got within three hundred yards of the man but could go no further. Two crew members waded towards him. The IRB easily reached the man who was up to his waist in the water on a flooding tide. She rescued the man and transferred him to the Atlantic which landed him at Porthmadog Harbour.
9 November 1607 (A85)
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched to assist a kitesurfer in the water off Black Rock beach. The young woman concerned managed to reach the shore by the time the lifeboat reached the scene.
29 September 1627 (IRB)
The Arancia IRB was launched following reports of four persons cut off by the tide between Cei Ballast and the Cob at Porthmadog. When the IRB arrived on scene they were found to be safe and well. A false alarm with good intent.
24 September 1527 (A85)
A powerboat which had set out from Barmouth with three people aboard suffered machinery failure off Criccieth beach. The Atlantic 85 was launched and it was decided to tow her to Mochras lagoon. Unfortunately tidal conditions prevented them entering the lagoon and it was decided to tow the boat south towards Barmouth. Barmouth ILB met them off Benar beach and took over the tow to Barmouth.
22 September 1527 (A85) 1536 (ILB)
Both lifeboats were launched to assist a powerboat unsure of it's position close to Porthmadog Bar. The IRB attempted to escort it up the channel towards Porthmadog but had to turn back due to lack of water.
The A85 escorted the boat back to Criccieth and brought in five occupants. The IRB brought two others ashore at Black Rock beach so that they could be taken to Porthmadog to collect their cars and trailer. These were brought to Criccieth and the boat was recovered there.
Exercise Launches -
There is now an exercise / training meeting every Thursday night with the crew meeting at 1800. The lifeboat will normally launch between 1815 and 1830. There may be some nights where only shore based training will take place in the boathouse.
An exercise will also take place on the second Sunday in every month with the lifeboat launching between 8.45 and 9.00.
If you are travelling some distance to see the launch please contact the Lifeboat Operations Manager on 01766 523183 or 07802 940678 to check if the exercise is taking place:
Arancia Container moves back home
During the morning of Sunday, 9th March, 2014 the Arancia container was moved back to its permanent site following its temporary removal following the storms on 3rd January. It will now be bolted to the concrete apron on which it lies.
Rough Weather Exercise 10th February 2014
Here is a link to a video taken aboard the Atlantic 85 lifeboat during a rough weather launch on Sunday, 10th February, 2014
RNLI Chief Executive Visits Criccieth Lifeboat Station
Paul Boissier, the RNLI's Chief Exutive, accompanied by Colin Williams the Regional Operations Manager, visited the station on Wednesday, 8th January and met with operational personnel and fundraisers.
Arancia Storage Container Carried Away By Storm
The container which temporarily houses the IRB was moved approximately 25 feet by the strength of the storm which battered Criccieth on Friday, 3 January, 2014. Later that afternoon the container was lifted by a mobile crane and taken to the safety of the car park off the main promenade. No damage was done and the IRB was soon back on service.
New Mitsibushi L200 Launch Vehicle for Arancia IRB
The land rover which had been in use since the arrival of the IRB in July 2009 was replaced by a larger L200 Mitsibushi on 19th November. It gives more space for the crew and proper storage space for equipment.
Links to videos of exercise taken on 19 September 2013
Last of 1953 crew passes away
It is with deep regret that we report the passing away of the last remaining crew member who re-opened the station in 1953. Glyn Pritchard died on 11th September, 2013. He served as a crew member on the all weather lifeboat before she was removed in 1968 and was Assistant Mechanic from 1962 onwards. He also served on the crew of the inshore lifeboat from her arrival in 1967 until his retirement from the station.
2013 Open Day
The 2013 Open Day took place on Sunday 11 August from 11am until 5pm. A total of £901.43 was raised towards RNLI funds.
Two helmsmen presented with Long Service Badges
On Thursday, 25th July 2013, Helmsmen Chris Fisher and Clive Wright were presented with their 20 year long service badges at the station's Annual Open Meeting by Matt Crofts, Divisional Operations Manager. The had joined as soon as they could after their 17th birthdays in 1993. Chris was for many years also the station's boat mechanic and Clive is the current Lifeboat Training Co-ordinator. Congratulations to both of them.
Local resident donates £8,500 towards new IRB boathouse
On Thursday, 9th May, 2013 members of the lifeboat crew emptied a large lifeboat collection box in which an avid local supporter, Mr Nick Millard, had contributed £8,500 during the past two years. Mr Millard was present at the boathouse when this money was counted by the station's crew and officials. It will be used towards the cost of building a new permanent boathouse for the station's Arancia Inshore Rescue Boat. This generous contribution is much appreciated by everyone at the lifeboat station.
The station's tractor TW58H, which had been at Criccieth since it was built in December 2003, left the station on 9th April 2003 and went into refit. It has been replaced by TW62H which was previously stationed at Rye Harbour. It had also served at Criccieth on relief for a few days when brand new in 2010.
Photo of Criccieth Atlantic 85 and Abersoch Atlantic 75 alongside Trials Shannon (Photo by Andy Green)
On 7th April, 2013 the new Shannon class prototype lifeboat visited Pwllheli whilst on a tour of the west coast of the UK. She was visiting lifeboat stations which may be supplied with a lifeboat of this class in the future as a replacement for their Mersey class lifeboat.
Intensive Inshore Rescue Boat Training
During the weekend of 9th/10th March intensive training was provided by RNLI specialist lifeguard instructors both at Porthmadog Harbour and off Criccieth beach. The instructors brougth with them two additional boats which were used in conjunction with the stations's Arancia IRB and Atlantic 85.
Doris Joan Returns Home
Our station Atlantic 85 lifeboat "Doris Joan" returned home on Thursday, 21 February, 2013 following a major refit at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at Cowes. She has had many modifications including a new Mark 3 roll bar, a hatched deck to give easier access to the fuel and ballast tanks, strengthened hull, a new type VHF radio and a fixed webcam on the mast. She is now the same specification as a brand new Atlantic 85 being built today. The crew have been out on familiarisation trials (see photos above) are are very pleased with her performance.
Casualty Care Course
Throughout January crew members have been undertaking a casualty care course with an RNLI mobile training unit. All fifteen crew members who attended the course were successful and have been awarded certificates for their hard work.
5 stalwarts recognised in RNLI's New Year Honours List
The RNLI have awarded the following awards to personnel at the Criccieth LIfeboat Station in their 2013 Annual Awards to volunteers:
Honorary Life Governor (the highest award the RNLI can make to a voluntary worker) has been awarded to Tom Williams who has been the station's treasurer since 1972.
The RNLI's Gold Badge has been awarded to Gwen Jones-Morris and Sue Taylor who have been longstanding fundraisers in the Porthmadog and Criccieth areas.
The RNLI's Bronze Badge has been awarded to Gill Baggs and Catherine Hughes who were involved for many years in the running of the shop at the lifeboat station in addition to general fundraising in Criccieth.
Everyone at the station congratulates them on their awards with is a fitting tribute to all their efforts over so many years.
Station lifeboat goes into refit
Photo of "DORIS JOAN" almost ready to leave workshops and have trials before returning to Criccieth
Due to technical problems in resolving the fuel tank problems the station lifeboat "DORIS JOAN" has gone into a full refit at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at Cowes. The fourteen week refit will include fitting a new roll bar and deck as well as modifying the boat's electrical system. A video camera will also be installed on the boat so that rescues can be recorded as they take place. The lifeboat is due back at Criccieth towards the end of February 2013.
Presentation of Silver Badge to Station President
The RNLI's Silver Badge was presented to the station's President Robert M Roberts on Thursday, 6th September, 2012 by Colin Williams, the RNLI's Inspector of Lifeboats for Wales and the Isle of Man. He has been the station's President since 2011 having previously served since the 1960's as a shore helper, crew member and box secretary.
Relief Lifeboat B850 Edna May is sent to station
Due to problems with fuel delivery from her port fuel tank the station lifeboat B823 DORIS JOAN was returned to the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at Cowes for repairs on Tuesday,14th August, 2012. Her place has been taken by another Atlantic 85 lifeboat from the RNLI's Relief Fleet.
2012 Open Day - Sunday 12th August This was an excellent day and £1406.83 was raised towards the work of the station. Thanks to everybody who supported us so well.
Stormy Stan prepares to go to the rescue!!
The lifeboat crew are good chefs too!!
Lifeboat assists in marriage proposal
At the start of the routine weekly exercise on 2nd August the lifeboat assisted a young man in proposing to his girlfriend. As both of them stood at the end of the pier the lifeboat came past displaying a banner asking the girlfriend to marry him. Their families watched nearby in what was a moving ocassion.
Lifeboats assist in towing yacht off Criccieth main beach
A 45 foot yacht "ANNIE GUNN" ran aground on the main beach at Criccieth. The IRB was first launched to assess the situation and after help had been asked for the Atlantic 85 launched. The IRB passed a crew member aboard the yacht and also a tow rope from the Atlantic 85. The yacht was successfully towed off the beach and proceeded on its way to Pwllheli.
Bronze Badge presented to Vice President
The RNLI's Bronze Badge was presented to Mrs Carol Emery at a presentation ceremony held at St Asaph in June 2012. She is a very active fundraiser and is chair of the local ladies fundraising group.
Presentation to Station Stalwart
The RNLI's Gold Badge was presented to Jim Owen by the Duke of Gloucester at the RNLI's Annual Presentation of Awards at the Barbicvan, London on Thursday 17th May, 2012. Jim recently retired at the statikon's President having previously served since 1965 as a shore helper, crew, senior helmsman and DLA.
Lifeboat Crew Receive Radar and Radio TrainingThe newer members of the crew have received intensive training in the operation of radar and radio equipment from the RNLI's mobile training units which visitged the station in February and March. The all passed the courses and have been awarded RYA certificates for their hard work.
Criccieth Croeso Nadolig (Welcome Christmas) Event
The Arancia, Land Rover and Stormy Stan were present on the Maes at Criccieth during this event. Santa and Stormy Stan headed the parade up the High Street on Saturday 3rd December.
Relief Lifeboat on station
The relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat "MARY LEWIS" arrived in the early hours of 19th August to replace the station Atlantic 85 which has been sent away for repairs. "DORIS JOAN" returned to the station on 20th September.
2011 Open Day
This took place on Sunday, 14th August and was a great success. There was a rescue demonstration involving both lifeboats as well as various stalls in the boathouse. Stormy Stan was present to delight the crowd and over £800 was raised for the RNLI's funds. Thanks to everyone whjo made the day a big success.
150th Anniversary and Naming of new Inshore Rescue Boat
On Saturday 2nd July the new inshore rescue boat "Margaret and Nantw" was named and dedicated. A 150th Anniversary Vellum was also presented to the station.
Arancia Training 19/20 March 2011
A weekend of intense training including capsize drills were carried out during this weekend.
Meeting of RNLI Trustees 3rd November
At this meeting it was decided that the Arancia IRB which had been on trials at the station since July 2009 would be permanently allocated to complement the Atlantic 85 lifeboat. It was also decided to award the station a Vellum to commemorate 150 years of life saving.
Whitby Historic Lifeboat
The Whitby Historic Lifeboat "William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington" visited Porthmadog for the Ffestiniog Railway Mayday event. On Saturday, 8th May she was rowed from Porthmadog to Criccieth and back by members of the lifeboat crew and Porthmadog Rowing Club.Pride of Wylfa Award
Criccieth lifeboatman Huw Owen was recently awarded a “Pride of Wylfa Award”. Huw is employed at the Wylfa Power Station in Anglesey and was nominated by his workmates for the award which is given to employees who carry out community service in their local community. At a recent ceremony Huw was presented with his award by Nick Gore, Wylfa Site Director and at the same time a cheque for £250 towards the work of the Criccieth Lifeboat Station was presented to Peter Williams, the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager.
left to right Nick Gore, Huw Owen, Peter Williams
Chief Executive's Award -
Paul Filby the station's Senior Helmsman who joined with his colleagues from the RNLI's Flood Rescue team to move people to safety from the floods in Cumbria in November 2009 has been awarded the RNLI Chief Executive's Award for his efforts there. Over 200 people were assisted by the RNLI teams. Paul will be appearing on a special BBC "Songs of Praise" programme from Cockermouth on BBC 1 at 5pm on Sunday 21 February 2010.
2009 Open Day
A very successful Open Day took place on Sunday, 9th August, 2009. Although not meant to be a fundraising event over £640 was raised for the RNLI's funds during the day. Many thanks to all who helped on the day.
Arrancia Inshore Rescue Boat arrives on station
The new Arrancia IRB arrived on station on 30th July 2009 and was launched for work up trials in the Porthmadog Estuary on the morning of Saturday, 1st August. It took exactly the same time for the Arrancia to arrive at Borth y Gest having been towed by the station's new landrover as it did for the Atlantic 85 to travel from Criccieth by sea.
Arrancia to be stationed at Criccieth for work in the shallow waters of the Glaslyn and Dwyryd Estuaries
Trials took place with a D class lifeboat, Y class lifeboat and an Arrancia IRB on 13 June to see if the problems encountered with shallow water could be overcome. Initial trials to familiarise the crew with the Arrancia took place on 11 June. As a result of these trials an Arrancia IRB will be placed on extended trials at Criccieth. She will be launched either from the beach at Criccieth or towed by an RNLI land rover for launching in Porthmadog Harbour. She is expected to arrive on 30th July, 2009.
Filming for Welsh Language Children's Programme "Cei Bach"
A new televison programme for children aged 3-7 is being filmed in the Borth y Gest area. Similar to the English language Balamory programme 52 15 minute episodes are being prepared for showing on S4C - the Welsh language television channel over the next two years. The lifeboat was involved in filming a rescue scene on Sunday, 10th May when the family who star in the programme had to be rescued after being "cut off by the tide".
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