The crews of both the inshore and All-weather lifeboats were certainly kept on their toes as they attended the Open days at the harbour.
Rhyl’s new harbour was officially opened after hosting the Queen’s baton relay on Friday 30 May. The lifeboats attended to show a RNLI presence at the gala days.
The crews had been alerted before the festivities at 1.05 am on the Friday, for a female threatening to jump from the Blue bridge in the harbour, but Police apprehended the lady before the lifeboats got there.
At the harbour opening, Cosxwain Martin Jones met up with Captain Jack Sparrow, and the 2 swapped tales of the open seas over a (fake) bottle of Rum! (picture attached)
The lifeboats left the harbour at 3pm as the tide was ebbing, but the volunteer crews were paged at 3.30pm for a kayaker who had capsized off Pensarn, Abergele. The man made it ashore safely and so both boats were stood down before launching.
The boats returned to the harbour on Saturday to again represent the RNLI. At 12.15pm, the crew noticed a small rigid inflatable towing a larger fishing boat, which was being dragged by the tide on to the central support of the blue bridge in the harbour. The inshore lifeboat sped to the scene, but the boat’s crew had managed to extricate the fishing boat from the bridge, so the lifeboat crew stood by until the fishing boat was safely alongside Rhyl harbour quay wall. The All-weather lifeboat stood by should it be needed, but all was well.
At 1.15pm, Holyhead coastguard called the lifeboat regarding a PWC (personal water craft – Jetski) which had broken down to the North-East of the Rhyl Flats windfarm, about 6 miles from Rhyl. The lifeboat crew immediately set off, and came alongside the craft about 25 minutes later. The engine management system on the Jetski had failed, and the owner could not start the machine. The lifeboat crew assisted the owner to get some emergency power and so the Jetsjki started back for Rhyl at about 5mph, shadowed by the lifeboat. Both vessels were safely back in Rhyl harbour by 2.30pm.
Coxswain Martin Jones says “Rhyl’s harbour days proved very successful, and this could be the start of many great events to be held at the harbour area. It certainly is something that will prove a positive thing for Rhyl in these days of bad news and gloom”
The pictures of the rescue are credit RNLI/Paul Frost, and the “Pirates” pictures are credit Callum Robinson, Rhyl crew member.
The RNLI sea safety caravan also attended the harbour days, together with the local volunteer coastguard teams from Rhyl and Flint.