A FAMILY of four has been rescued from “grave danger” by a quick-thinking RNLI team.

This afternoon a beach warden on Black Rock Sands spotted a group of four stranded on the bank by the rapidly incoming tides.

A call was made to the RNLI Criccieth team and the station’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Doris Joan, was promptly launched and quickly arrived on scene.

The family group, which included a 12 and a 14-year-old, were taken aboard the lifeboat and transported ashore to the care of awaiting authorities.

Following the incident, Criccieth lifeboat operations manager Peter Williams said: “Without the services of the Lifeboat, the family would have been in imminent and grave danger.

“I urge all those wishing to walk along that area of the beach to remain vigilant and take note of tide times.

“As the bank holiday approaches and with fine weather forecast, it is imperative that people take necessary precautions to keep themselves out of harm’s way.”

The family, who were visiting the area, were reportedly wet and shaken, but otherwise uninjured.