25/1/2020.1120. The AWB was paged to search for an unmanned 34-foot yacht off Prestatyn. Rhyl coastguard team were also paged to monitor shore-side. The owner of the vessel, a 34-foot motor yacht ‘Miss Moneypenny’ was on passage from Liverpool to Llannerch-Y-Mor fun ship some time before Saturday morning, but had encountered engine problems off Prestatyn Barkby beach. He had anchored his fin-keel yacht off the shore and had come ashore on the yacht’s tender (dinghy). This morning, the skipper had attempted to get assistance from other means, and was returning to his yacht when the tender’s engine also failed, stranding the owner ashore. Concerned members of Prestatyn Sailing Club notified the UK coastguard at Holyhead, who called for vessels in the vicinity to help. The skipper of the Rhyl charter fishing vessel ‘Merlin’, Roger Daniels, was in the area, and located the position of the yacht, relaying this to the Coastguard. Rhyl’s all-weather lifeboat ‘ Anthony Kenneth Heard’ was paged and the lifeboat launched and proceeded at full speed to the yacht’s position, arriving some 12 minutes after launch. The vessel was safely taken under tow, with two lifeboat crew on board the yacht to manage the tow. The Coxswain of the lifeboat initially thought about taking the yacht to Rhyl, but as the vessel had a large fin-keel below, it was decided a mooring in Mostyn harbour would be appropriate. The skipper of the yacht was located by local Rhyl coastguards at Prestatyn, and taken to Mostyn Harbour to meet up with his vessel. This was done successfully, and the lifeboat returned to station at 3.15 pm. Pictures afloat by Callum Robinson, mechanic; pictures ashore by Ian Olson, UK coastguard Rhyl team
19/1/2020. 1612. Both boats launched to assist police and coastguards recover a deceased person on the sands east of Prestatyn. The person was taken on board the ILB and transferred to the AWB, then both boats returned to station by 1805.
………………1947. The ILB crew were paged and AWB put on immediate readiness to assist police and coastguards search for a person in the water off the Seaquarium. The ILB launched and arrived on scene just as the coastguards reported the person was found on the beach. The ILB returned to station at 2008. Classed as standby for AWB.
17/1/2020. 1439. The fire service, police, coastguards, two RNLI lifeboats, and the Coastguard helicopter involved in search for person last seen entering the water between the road and rail bridges on the river Clwyd at Rhyl harbour. Following a 999 call, the pagers for the ILB were activated , followed by the AWB at 1520, to help in the search for a person who was reported entering the river Clwyd and swimming to mid-river, when the informant reporting the incident lost sight of the casualty.
The ILB was in attendance with North Wales fire brigade, local police, and coastguards from Rhyl, Llandudno and Flint on the banks of the river. The coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked to cover the river from Rhyl to St. Asaph.
The ILB searched as far upstream to Rhuddlan, until restricted by the depth of the river, and back into the harbour, whilst the AWB searched the harbour area, assisted by Rhyl harbour staff on shore. All gullies, banks, and moorings were searched thoroughly by all agencies on scene, with nothing being found.
Due to the fading light, and with nothing found, all assets were stood down by the UK coastguard at Holyhead, with a view to re-tasking shore-based coastguards at low water later at 20.30. The lifeboats returned to station at 1745. Screenshot shows track of ILB.
Screenshots show tracks of ILB AWB and rescue helicopter 936.
14/1/2020.1251. AWB crew paged to assist police, Llandudno ILB and coastguards from Llandudno and Rhyl in search for a missing person off Old Colwyn promenade. As the crew were assembling the UK coastguard at Holyhead reported the situation was resolved and all units were stood down at 1300. Classed as a standby.