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I can only imagine how harrowing it is to fear that somebody you feel close to might be lost at sea. The thought that you might never see them again. That they will live out their last moments in the vast, cold, unforgiving ocean. That the life-guard will not reach them in time.
The Daily Post reports that when a man was seen walking across the Dwyryd Estuary from Portmeirion, near Porthmadog panic alarms were set off and a major search began.
Four coastguard and lifeboat teams, along with a helicopter crew were dispatched when the man disappeared. The worst was feared.
It's easy to imagine that the men and women searching feared the worst after they had searched in vain for two hours.
Had the ocean claimed another victim?
Stock photo, but still looks pretty badass doesn't it? Credit: PA Images
Well, not quite.
Police instead found him uninjured at the Ship Aground pub in nearby Talsarnau at around 8pm - apparently unaware that he was the target of the search an rescue.
A spokesman for Holyhead Coastguard told the Daily Post: "We received reports of a man sighted walking across the estuary from Portmeirion and that a person was missing.
"We sent two lifeboats from Criccieth and coastguard teams from Harlech and Criccieth as well as a helicopter.
"The man was found by police at around 8pm and did not realise the fuss that had been caused."
An eyewitness said: "For a couple of hours there was a helicopter circulating over Penrhyndeudraeth and the Portmeirion area. You could see police flashlights from Talsarnau and there was a boat with a flashlight on the estuary."
Another eye-witnesses at the scene told how flares were set off during the search.
She said: "There was a lot of activity around Porthmadog Harbour and we saw flares being shot into the sky and there was a helicopter flying back and forth along the water. The harbour master was also here and boats were searching."
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Hopefully the man in question sank a few jars to celebrate his return from Davy Jones' locker.
On the flip side, there are those people who have to send out an SOS when stuck in an aquatic disaster. This girl's water related nightmare required her to send out a plea for help, however it was nowhere near as drastic as being lost at sea.
Imgur user Denshan proved to us all that taking a bath can be a real problem after the sheer amount of coconut oil she added to her bubbles had her sending out an SOS.
The poor girl added a load of the product to her evening bath to try and help ease the pain of her chest infection and fever. She had popped some antibiotics and sleeping pills beforehand, adding to the relaxing ritual, but when it came to the time she had to pull the plug, she couldn't get out.
She captioned the image "I'm stuck in the bath"...
Any time she moved she'd simply slip about, greased up, unable to grip anything.
"I found some bath salts, lit some candles and poured in some coconut oil," she wrote on Imgur. "Now I'm realising it was too much coconut oil.
"I went to get out after pulling the plug and I just slid around like a giant greased up potato in a roasting dish. There is no traction. No grip. Just me and my fat body slipping around covered in oil.
"Fuck home beauty remedies. SOS."
There's yet to be any updates on her situation, meaning that she could very well still be in her tub, rather than the pub, where our previous protagonist was found.
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