21/7/2020. 1943. ILB and shore crew in Landrover mobilised to report of  people trapped in mud near the harbour rock wall. On scene, 1 was still trapped, but other 2 were safe om the rocks. The tide was flooding, so Rhyl coastguard team with help from Bangor coastguard team, set up a mud rescue and successfully extricated the casualty, who was taken to the boathouse in the ILB. Classed as standby for the ILB, and shore-based service for the LandRover. First photo taken from a member of the public via facebook. Units stood down at 2113.


19/7/2020. 1903. ILB called to immediate readiness for people trapped on a sandbank off the boathouse. Coastguards also paged. As the ILB was being readied, the coastguards reported all were safely back on shore and the ILB was stood down at 1935. Classed as standby.

6/7/2020. 1512. The ILB was requested to be towed by the Landrover to Rhyl harbour by road, to assist North Wales Police. On the way to the incident, UK Coastguard at Holyhead informed the ILB crew the incident was resolved, and so the crew returned back to station. the ILB was back on station by 1534.

26/6/2020. 1709. Both boats launched to reports of a swimmer and an inflatable being blown out to sea off the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. The local coastguard team were also alerted. The boats launched and also rescue 936 (Coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon) proceeded to the area. Rhyl coastguard located a male on the beach and discovered he was the one from the sea. The inflatable was recovered and the lifeboats and helicopter returned to station by 1830.

25/6/2020. 1208. ( A short video of today’s shouts is available on our YouTube channel). The Coxswain at the station was approached by a member of the public, drawing his attention to an inflatable being taken out to sea off the promenade. The inflatable was too far out to see if anyone was aboard, and so the ILB was paged and the crew launched to the inflatable. On scene, there was no-one on board. the inflatable was taken back to where it was thought to have blown from. The Coxswain went to the location and confirmed with the owners that no-one was on board. The inflatable was handed over and the ILB returned to station by 1240. Pictures show HTV Wales camera and interviewer on scene as they were interviewing Coxswain Martin Jones about what to look out for at the seaside.

Videos of today’s shouts can be found on out YouTube channel. Search for Rhyl Lifeboat.

…………………..1252. The crew’s attention was drawn to a small dayboat off Splash point, Rhyl, with the occupant leaning over the outboard engine trying to start it. The ILB crew was already at the boathouse, and the ILB was launched to investigate in co-operation with UK coastguard at Holyhead, and Rhyl local coast rescue team. On scene, the occupant stated he had stalled the engine with too much choke, but had now sorted out the problem, and would return to shore soon. The ILB crew returned to station at 1305.


…………………….1418. ILB launched to report of a person about 500m out from Prestatyn beach, waving their arms and shouting, apparently struggling. Both boats were launched, and as they were about half a mile away, the public reported the person was now safe ashore. All units were stood down, but were then diverted to Rhyl harbour area where numerous reports were received by the UK coastguard at Holyhead regarding inflatables being swept out to sea. Both boats recovered numerous rubber rings/boats/animals etc. and then returned to station at 1550.

…………………………..1556. ILB requested to launch again to check out an inflatable drifting out from Rhyl East beach. Found with no-one on board, but people ashore waved to the boat. The boat returned to shore and confirmed no-one was on board the dinghy. Returned to station at 1615.

……………………..1700.  ILB requested to launch to investigate a small inflatable with 1 person on board, apparently having difficulty making headway off the end perch at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The ILB launched and came up on the vessel, who by now had started back to the harbour. Once the person was back in Rhyl harbour, the ILB returned to station by 1735.

24/6/2020. 1535. Both boats launched to reports from off-duty lifeguards in the Prestatyn area, reporting people in difficulty off the beach there. The lifeboats launched and also Rhyl Coastguard local team, to investigate. On arrival at scene, nothing was found. Further onshore enquires found a group of youths who said they had been in the water. As all was fine, all units returned to station by 1634.

………………..1700. Both boats again called to assist Rhyl coastguards with the extraction from Towyn beach of a casualty who had slipped on rocks and had a suspected broken leg. It was unable to transport the casualty over the rocks, and so they were transported on the ILB to the AWB, and taken to the boathouse where an ambulance too the casualty to hospital.

16/6/2020.1656. The ILB crew were paged after UK coastguard at Holyhead were informed by local coastguards of a small 2m inflatable with 2 adults on board, swiftly drifting out to sea off Kinmel bay. The ILB launched and located the 2 adults to the east of the end perch post at Rhyl harbour, about 700 m out from their launch point. They had no safety equipment and just fitted into the dinghy. They were local people and were going out fishing with just oars as propulsion. The ILB crew took them on board and returned them to the coastguard patrol at Kinmel bay. The ILB returned to station at 1728.

Daily post 18/6/18.
Link to YouTube video

9/6/2020. Our station D-class D-770 returned to station after it’s planned refit at Poole Support centre. D-816 returned to the relief fleet.

1/6/2020.1701. For the third day running, the ILB was launched to rescue two people who had been cut off by the tide off the boathouse on Rhyl beach. The people were totally surrounded by water as the lifeboat arrived, with deep water between them and the shore. People on shore had raised the alarm. The two casualties were taken on board the lifeboat and returned safely to the shore.


31/5/2020. 1407. ILB launched to numerous reports of people cut off by the tide at Kinmel bay. The Landrover was also used to warn people of the incoming tide off Rhyl. Over 30 people were supervised until they made it safe ashore. The units returned to station just after 1500. Classed as shout for the ILB, and shore-based service for the Landrover.

Track of ILB.

30/5/2020. 1346. ILB launched to numerous 999 calls regarding people trapped on sandbanks with the incoming tide, between Abergele and Splash Point, Rhyl. The station LandRover was also utilised to warn people on sandbanks in Rhyl. The ILB and LandRover together assisted 30 people off the sandbanks until all the banks were covered by 1430. This is classed as 1 inshore lifeboat callout and 1 shore-based service for the LandRover.

Top L-R track of ILB / people on prom even during Covid-19 lockdown.
Bottom View from ILB of people cut off on sandbanks.

 ……………………2242. Both boats launched to assist police and coastguards with vulnerable person reported in the water at Pensarn. the lifeboats stood off some 350m as police dealt with the incident. On being stood down at 2345, the boats returned to station at 0036 on the Sunday 31st.
  Track of ILB.
21/5/2020.1610. Both boats launched to a report of a person in the water off Pensarn. On scene, the person was found swimming full-clothed about 300 metres off shore. The casualty did not want to get into the ILB, and so both boats stood by, engaging the casualty with reassuring conversation. Eventually, the casualty was shepherded ashore and they managed to wade on to the beach unaided, and into the care of the local coastguard team. Both boats returned to station at 1842.

17/5/2020.2111. ILB paged for immediate launch to a person up to their neck in the water off the Pavilion theatre. Police also on scene, and local coastguards also alerted. When the crew arrived on scene, the person had been recovered from the sea by others in the group, and the person was safe with the police. A crew member went ashore to provide casualty care if needed, but was not required. As the person was now safe ashore the ILB crew returned to station at 2135.

  Track of ILB

7/5/2020. 1231.  Still during Covid-19 lockdown. The ILB crew were paged after a member of the public reported a small kayak with either 2 or 3 people on board, drifting by the end marker perch at the entrance to the river Clwyd and Rhyl harbour. The ILB crew assembled and stood outside as the coxswain nominated 3 crew and shore crew to launch the boat. The boat launched at 1241 and immediately proceeded to the area, at nearly high tide. Nothing could be found, but the crew spotted a small sit-on canoe being taken up the beach by 2 people. The ILB went on scene and reported the fact to the local coastguard team near the site. As there was no sea-going incident, the UK coastguard at Holyhead stood the ILB down, returning to station at 1300.

   Picture shows track of ILB on service.

11/4/2020 1336. The ILB was launched to take over a tow from the AWB in Rhyl harbour (see AWB report). Due to lockdown from the Covid-19 pandemic, the bridge could not be lifted, so the ILB towed the casualty under the bridge and to the slipway. The ILB then returned to station by 1420. Pictures from unknown source via Rhyl Journal. Track from marinetraffic.com app.


18/3/2020. 1547. ILB crew paged to report of a person in the sea off Splash Point, to the east of the station. When the crew arrived, the person had been recovered to shore by a member of the public. The crew administered casualty care until; the ambulance arrived. The crew returned to station at 1620.

Our ILB D-770 was transported to Cowes Inshore Lifeboat depot in February 2020 for repairs. The decision to bring forward and carry out it’s 10-year refit at the same time was taken by the RNLI. WE now have relief ILB D-816 Eileen Murphy as temporary station boat.

5/2/2020. 1725. ILB crew paged, together with Rhyl coastguard  team, after North wales police reported a person in the water off Rhyl golf club. Just after the ILB launched, it was reported that the incident was resolved and the ILB could stand down, returning to station at 1740.

28/1/2020. 1044. The ILB was launched after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls from the public. A kite surfer had been seen in the water after becoming parted from his kite, off Splash Point, Rhyl. Local coastguards were also alerted. The ILB launched and proceeded to the area, finding the surfer at the water’s edge, safe. A crew member went ashore to check if the surfer was well, and that there was no-one else involved. Coastguards also arrived on scene at the same time. The casualty was taken care of by the coastguards, who then directed the crew to the position of the casualty’s kite, which had been blown towards the Nova Centre off Prestatyn. The kite was successfully recovered and the ILB returned to station. The surfer had been taken to the station by the coastguards, together with the crew member ashore. The casualty was reunited with their kite at 11.40 am.

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.

Track of ILB

………………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.

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.