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Byline: Between 11am and 7pm both the All-weather and Inshore lifeboat volunteers attended to 7 incidents.
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The crews of Rhyl’s RNLI lifeboats were kept very busy on Sunday 7 July, due to the good weather.

As the tide was out for most of the day, the expanse of sands provided many people with the chance to explore, but this resulted in children becoming separated from their families, resulting in 3 calls to launch to search for missing children for the Inshore lifeboat crews. They were also tasked to give safety advice to visiting jet-skiers who were encroaching on the bathing areas, and to assist with people stuck in the mud near Rhyl harbour.

The call outs for the All-weather lifeboat happened within 5 minutes of each other. The volunteer crew were called to a broken down PWC (Personsal water craft – Jetski) which had broken down to the west of the North hoyle windfarm, some 5 miles from the station. As the crew were on their way to this incident, the coastguard diverted the boat to a more urgent PWC which was taking in water off Prestatyn. The Inshore lifeboat also attended this incident, and the craft was towed back to it’s launch point.

The All-Weather lifeboat was then tasked to it’s original casulaty, and found the man sitting on his PWC with a blocked intake to the engine about 1.5 miles to the west of the windfarm, nearly 6 miles off shore. A crew member went over the side, and between them they managed to clear the intake of seaweed. Once the blockage was freed, the man managed to re-start his engine, and returned to his launch point at Colwyn Bay, accompanied by the lifeboat crew until the man was certain the craft was now OK. He had done the right thing by contacting the coastguards and requesting assistance rather than going into the water on his own to free the blockage.

Further calls to missing children (last seen in the water) , and to children swimming unaccompanied in the harbour meant the crews left the station well after 7pm, having been at the station for some 9 hours in total.

 

Further information can be obtained from Rhyl RNLI press officer Paul Frost on 01745 331227 or 079894 105165.

The attached pictures show the incidents to the 2 PWC’s.

Byline: Between 11am and 7pm both the All-weather and Inshore lifeboat volunteers attended to 7 incidents.
Page Content:

The crews of Rhyl's RNLI lifeboats were kept very busy on Sunday 7 July, due to the good weather.

As the tide was out for most of the day, the expanse of sands provided many people with the chance to explore, but this resulted in children becoming separated from their families, resulting in 3 calls to launch to search for missing children for the Inshore lifeboat crews. They were also tasked to give safety advice to visiting jet-skiers who were encroaching on the bathing areas, and to assist with people stuck in the mud near Rhyl harbour.

The call outs for the All-weather lifeboat happened within 5 minutes of each other. The volunteer crew were called to a broken down PWC (Personsal water craft - Jetski) which had broken down to the west of the North hoyle windfarm, some 5 miles from the station. As the crew were on their way to this incident, the coastguard diverted the boat to a more urgent PWC which was taking in water off Prestatyn. The Inshore lifeboat also attended this incident, and the craft was towed back to it's launch point.

The All-Weather lifeboat was then tasked to it's original casulaty, and found the man sitting on his PWC with a blocked intake to the engine about 1.5 miles to the west of the windfarm, nearly 6 miles off shore. A crew member went over the side, and between them they managed to clear the intake of seaweed. Once the blockage was freed, the man managed to re-start his engine, and returned to his launch point at Colwyn Bay, accompanied by the lifeboat crew until the man was certain the craft was now OK. He had done the right thing by contacting the coastguards and requesting assistance rather than going into the water on his own to free the blockage.

Further calls to missing children (last seen in the water) , and to children swimming unaccompanied in the harbour meant the crews left the station well after 7pm, having been at the station for some 9 hours in total.

 

Further information can be obtained from Rhyl RNLI press officer Paul Frost on 01745 331227 or 079894 105165.

The attached pictures show the incidents to the 2 PWC's.