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Byline: 20th June 2013 was a busy if rather frustrating day for the crews of both of Rhyl’s volunteer lifeboat crews.
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The first time the pagers activated was at 5.05am to launch to assist North Wales police trying to get a woman from the sea. The woman was threatening self-harm. As the crew were kitting up, Holyhead Coastguard cancelled the launch as the woman had come out of the sea into police custody. The crew were stood down at 5.15am.

At 5.14pm, a local fishing charter skipper entering Rhyl harbour, reported a 20-feet speedboat with 3 people on board, apparently having difficulty after striking the rock groynes marking the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The Inshore lifeboat launched and came alongside the vessel, which by now was moored against a yacht in the harbour. After a brief discussion, the lifeboat crew were told everything was well, and so the lifeboat returned to station. As they were leaving the harbour, the local coastguard and the crew were informed of an empty kayak with gear still in it, at the top of the beach. The kayak had been there many hours, and some members of the public were concerned for the owner. After discussions with coastguards and police, the lifeboat crew were released, returning to station at 8.40pm.

However, at 9.16pm, the pagers were activated again to request both the Inshore and All-weather lifeboat to launch to commence a search for the missing kayaker. The gentleman had been identified by the vessel and an internet search, and apparently was carrying out a kayak around the coast for charity. As the crews were again getting ready, the launch was cancelled as the man’s family had been contacted and found out he had gone to book a room in a local hotel for the night. He apparently had decided to curtail his paddle around the coast, but no-one from the local maritime rescue organisations knew of this plan. A major search and rescue operation could have resulted from finding an apparently abandoned, fully-equipped, kayak, on a popular beach.

Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl RNLI crew, said ” We are more than happy to assist people who are in difficulty at sea. However, our job and that of the Coastguards are made that much easier if people who do go to sea, inform the Coastguards of their launch, recovery, or change of plans”.  

Further contact via Rhyl RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press officer Paul Frost on 07894 105165

 

Byline: 20th June 2013 was a busy if rather frustrating day for the crews of both of Rhyl's volunteer lifeboat crews.
Page Content:

The first time the pagers activated was at 5.05am to launch to assist North Wales police trying to get a woman from the sea. The woman was threatening self-harm. As the crew were kitting up, Holyhead Coastguard cancelled the launch as the woman had come out of the sea into police custody. The crew were stood down at 5.15am.

At 5.14pm, a local fishing charter skipper entering Rhyl harbour, reported a 20-feet speedboat with 3 people on board, apparently having difficulty after striking the rock groynes marking the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The Inshore lifeboat launched and came alongside the vessel, which by now was moored against a yacht in the harbour. After a brief discussion, the lifeboat crew were told everything was well, and so the lifeboat returned to station. As they were leaving the harbour, the local coastguard and the crew were informed of an empty kayak with gear still in it, at the top of the beach. The kayak had been there many hours, and some members of the public were concerned for the owner. After discussions with coastguards and police, the lifeboat crew were released, returning to station at 8.40pm.

However, at 9.16pm, the pagers were activated again to request both the Inshore and All-weather lifeboat to launch to commence a search for the missing kayaker. The gentleman had been identified by the vessel and an internet search, and apparently was carrying out a kayak around the coast for charity. As the crews were again getting ready, the launch was cancelled as the man's family had been contacted and found out he had gone to book a room in a local hotel for the night. He apparently had decided to curtail his paddle around the coast, but no-one from the local maritime rescue organisations knew of this plan. A major search and rescue operation could have resulted from finding an apparently abandoned, fully-equipped, kayak, on a popular beach.

Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl RNLI crew, said " We are more than happy to assist people who are in difficulty at sea. However, our job and that of the Coastguards are made that much easier if people who do go to sea, inform the Coastguards of their launch, recovery, or change of plans".  

Further contact via Rhyl RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press officer Paul Frost on 07894 105165