7/6/2022.2152. Both boats launched to assist coastguards extract a person who had a suspected fracture of the pelvis on the rocks near Knightley’s funfair in Towyn. The ILB crew went ashore to assist coastguards on scene, with the AWB ready to evacuate by sea if necessary. The decision was made on shore to transport the casualty by road. The ILB crew assisted with the recovery of the casualty to the road , monitoring the casualty all the way. Once the casualty was handed over, both boats returned to station by 0000.

Track of AWB

11.5.2022.. 1808. Initially, Holyhead Coastguard paged the ILB to launch to investigate a floating object off Llandulas Jetty to the West of the station. However at the boathouse, the officials deemed it too rough for the ILB, and the AWB crew also were paged. Just as the crew were getting kitted up, word came to the coastguard that the object was an unmanned survey vessel carrying out it’s task. The crew were stood down at 1816. Classed as a standby for the AWB.

7.5.2022. 1205. A local charter fishing boat radioed to the Coastguard co-ordinating centre at Holyhead. A male had been taken ill on board the charter vessel, and the skipper requested first aid and medical assistance. The crew were paged and launched to assist the vessel. Passage to the vessel only took a few minutes as it was just off the boathouse. The lifeboat was taken alongside the boat, and 3 crew were transferred to provide casualty care to the person, as the vessel returned to Rhyl harbour. The two boats moored alongside the pontoon in Rhyl harbour, where the casualty was transferred on to the lifeboat’s stretcher. The crew then took the casualty from the pontoon to the main harbour front, where an ambulance was waiting. The casualty was then transferred by ambulance to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (Glan Clwyd Hospital).
The North Wales Air ambulance, land ambulance and local coastguards had also been tasked. A road ambulance took the air ambulance medical staff to the harbour ,and the casualty was monitored in the ambulance.

Assets at Rhyl lifeboat station
Rhyl lifeboat approaching casualty
Air ambulance landing at lifeboat station

5/4/2022.2234. Both boats paged to reports of a male in the sea off Towyn, Abergele, some 3 miles west of the station. On scene, the male was seen in the lifeboats searchlights to be now standing up in the water, after coming closer inshore. As the crews stood by , local police managed to get the male to leave the water and he was taken in to custody. The boats stood by until all was safe, and then returned to station by 2341.

Track of AWB

3/3/2022. 1553. AWB launched after a local windfarm boat spotted something in the water off Rhyl, a couple of miles out. Further info will be withheld for some time. The lifeboat returned to station at 1809.

Lifeboat returning
Track of lifeboat
lifeboat returns.

20/2/2022.0201. AWB crew paged to launch to assist police and coastguards in a search for a person who had threatened to go in the sea by the Sky Tower at Rhyl. Just after the ILB had launched, the police informed the coastguard that this was a hoax, and all units could return to station. This was done by 0217.
The AWB did not launch, so this was classed as a standby for the AWB.

Track of AWB

6/2/2022.2108. ILB crew paged to assist police and coastguards search for a person on Rhyl beach off the Sky Tower. Weather at sea was just on the limit of the ILB, so the AWB crew were also paged to standby. The ILB was taken along the water’s edge, and the crew spotted a person in the sea at the water’s edge to the East of the boathouse. The person was recovered to the ILB safe and returned to the boathouse where police took over the incident. The crew in the station Land Rover were also involved in the search. As the ILB crew did not launch, classed as a shore based-service and standby for both the ILB and AWB.

6/1/2022.2016. AWB crew paged to assist coastguards, police and Search & rescue dog teams and the Coastguard helicopter, searching for a vulnerable person near ASDA Kinmel Bay. Teams searched the area but nothing was found. The lifeboat fired parachute flares and shone searchlights on the sand dunes to illuminate and help searchers on land. Nothing was found, and land teams re-started the search the next morning. The AWB returned to station at 2330. Nothing further to report from sea-based teams.

Search pattern of Rhyl AWB total route
Close screen shot of search area
Track of helicopter, searching en route back from Newcastle.

1/1/2022. 1738. Both lifeboats launched on New Year’s Day, to assist local coastguards and police officers searching for two females. The two had reported their position to the police using the ‘What Three Words’ app on their phones. This gave searchers a more accurate area to locate the girls. The lifeboats were requested to do a shoreline search using their searchlights between Presthaven Sands camp and Talacre lighthouse. The girls were fairly quickly spotted by both search teams on land and sea, and were escorted back to safety at Talacre. The lifeboats returned to station at 1930.

Track of AWB