All Weather Mersey Lifeboat 12-24 “Lil Cunningham” – Services 2005

1/12/2005. 1156
Both AWB and ILB requested to go to Llanddulas, 8 miles west of station, to a report of an object in the water off the jetties where the coasters load stone. Police helicopter NW1 was on scene and reported object was just a piece of timber, and Holyhead Coastguard stood all units down just as the AWB carriage was on the water’s edge. The ILB had already launched. The AWB returned to station by 1214.



Relief lifeboat 12-004 “Royal Shipwright” services from 29/10/2005 to 27/11/2005

14/11/2005. 1309
AWB requested to come to immediate readiness (ready to launch, at the water’s edge), as a full-scale incident alert was called at the Douglas oil and gas rig, 12 miles off Rhyl. Hoylake lifeboat was also tasked the same. Our station boat, 12-24, was on engine trials off Puffin island, Anglesey, and was also asked to proceed. After about 5 minutes, the coastguards reported the incident was over, and all units were stood down.


29/10/2005. 1940
The new relief lifeboat had only arrived on station a matter of hours before, when it was called into action for the first time at Rhyl. The fishing vessel “Mistral 23” was aground in surf at Talacre beach (west) with 3 persons on board. The ILB had already launched to assist. When the AWB arrived on scene at 2030, the ILB was used to take the tow line from the AWB, through the surf, to the casualty. This was successful the first time, and the boat was towed away from the beach, through the surf, into deeper water. The tow was continued for the 8 miles back to Rhyl harbour, arriving there at 2240.The tow was passed to the ILB to secure on a mooring, and the AWB left the harbour, leaving the ILB to transfer the boat’s crew to coastguards on shore. The AWB returned to station by 2355.



Relief Lifeboat 12-11″Lifetime Care” services from 10/8/2005.

Relief boat on station at 1700 on 10/8/2005.

11/9/2005. 1229
The AWB was requested to launch by Holyhead coastguard to evacuate the owner of the yacht “Catchem”, about 2 miles north of Rhyl, who was suffering some sort of anaphylactic shock and allergic reaction, which was affecting his throat and causing problems. The AWB launched and was alongside the casualty in 12 minutes. 2 crew members were put on board the yacht to assist with it’s passage to West Kirby on the Wirral, and the AWB returned to station, where the man was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital. The AWB was re-housed and the service was continued by the ILB (see ILB report). AWB ready for service by 1322.


4/9/2005. 1322
AWB launched to assist ILB with numerous inflatable objects being blown out to sea due to the strong southerly wind and ebbing tide. The main job for the AWB crew was to search for an inflatable with 2 persons reported on it, being blown out about 1.5 miles out off Abergele. Rescue helicopter 122 from RAF Valley was also searching together with the ILB. The ILB had picked up an inflatable pool and an inflatable dolphin previously. The search was carried out for 2 miles long the shore, also involving Rhyl mobile coastguard patrol, and up to 3 miles out but nothing was found and no persons were reported missing. The search was called off at 1531, and the AWB was back at the boathouse by 1622.


3/9/2005. 1320
AWB put on immediate readiness as ILB had reported engine problems. Engine was fixed before AWB came out of boathouse, so AWB stood down at 1330.


29/8/2005. 1814
The yacht “Blue Osprey” with 2 people on board, had become becalmed off the wind farm and their engine had failed. The wind farm support vessel “Celtic Wind” had found the yacht and had towed it away from the immediate danger of hitting the towers. The AWB launched and was on scene in 22 minutes. The yacht was heading for Liverpool. It would have been difficult to take the yacht into Rhyl harbour due to the congestion of boats, and so the tow was started towards Liverpool. Consultation between the lifeboat and Holyhead and Liverpool coastguards followed. It was agreed for Hoylake lifeboat to come out and rendezvous with the AWB off Hoylake, and for Hoylake to take the boat the remaining way to Liverpool. This was done and the AWB returned to station by 2120.
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11/8/2005. 1320
AWB requested to launch to take over from the ILB. the 26-foot fishing boat “Pathfinder” had suffered engine problems at the entrance to Rhyl harbour, and had drifted over the river entrance marker wall and was stuck on one of the perch poles. the AWB took the 7 persons on board and towed the boat off the wall and put it on a mooring in Rhyl harbour. The AWB returned to station at 1405.


Rhyl All-Weather Lifeboat “Lil Cunningham” Services 2005

1/8/2005. 1732
Both ILB and AWB launched to search the shoreline for a 4-year old boy last seen in the water off Prestatyn. Local police and coastguard units were also going to scene, together with the North Wales Police helicopter NW1. The shore line was searched from Rhyl to Point of Air lighthouse, and the units were also joined by Rescue 122 helicopter from RAF Valley. The caravan the boy was staying had already been searched, but a secondary later search found the boy hiding in the caravan. With the good news that the boy had been found, all units were stood down and the lifeboats were back at station just after 1900.


30/7/2005. 2245
Both boats requested by Holyhead Coastguard, together with local coastguard units and Rescue Helicopter, to search for a male who had jumped in the sea at Llanddulas. The ILB launched first and arrived on scene just as a police officer was dragging the unconscious man out of the water. The helmsman beached the boat and went to aid the officer, just as the helicopter arrived, together with the AWB. The man was revived by the rescuers and was moved to a part of the beach ready for the helicopter, whilst the AWB illuminated the area. The man was then taken by helicopter to Glan Clwyd hospital, and all units were stood down, the boats arriving back at station at 0030.


16/7/2005. 1614
AWB launched to assist ILB with locating and towing small speedboat found drifting off Talacre. Boat taken to Barkby beach in Prestatyn, and major air-sea-shore search carried out with nothing being found. AWB returned to shore at 2105.


22/6/2005. 1550
The AWB was launched as a back-up to the ILB after the windfarm support vessel “Top cat” found an unmanned dinghy off Kinmel Bay. The boats were also joined by rescue helicopter 122 from RAF Valley in Anglesey. After 2 hours the search was called off as no-one had been reported missing. The AWB returned to station by 1820. See also ILB report.


5/6/2005. 1844
The AWB was launched after the 19-feet long motor vessel “Gladys”, with 4 people on board, contacted Holyhead Coastguard to report they had run out of fuel, 3 miles North-East of Rhyl, by the Prestatyn buoy. The AWB took out both diesel and petrol, as it was not known which fuel the boat was using. The boat was located, 2 of the passengers were transferred to the lifeboat, and 2 crew members boarded the casualty with fuel. Once filled up, the casualty was able to restart the engine, and so the AWB escorted the boat back to the entrance at Rhyl harbour. The crew and 2 casualties were transferred back to their own boats, and the fishing vessel “Jensen” followed the boat into Rhyl harbour, and the AWB returned to station, being ready for service by 2030.


1/6/2005. 1023
AWB requested to come to immediate readiness after the Liverpool-based fishing boat “Atlantis” reported a sick man on board. The original position was given as off the wind farm, but it transpired that it was nearer to Hoylake than Rhyl. As Hoylake were temporarily off service, Liverpool coastguard decided to send West Kirby ILB rather than Rhyl, so the crew at Rhyl were stood down at 1040.


29/5/2005. 2327
AWB requested to stand by as ILB launched to report of boat possibly in difficulty off Prestatyn. ILB launch cancelled as boat made it ashore safely. AWB stood down at 2345. see also ILB report.


19/5/2005. 1150
The AWB was requested to assist the local fishing tripping boat “Supreme”. One of the anglers on board had news that a family member was ill and he needed to get home fast. As the tide was out, the fishing boat could not return to Rhyl harbour, and so they asked Holyhead Coastguard for assistance, and the AWB was launched. The lifeboat met up with the fishing boat about 3 miles north of Rhyl, and 2 anglers were transferred to the lifeboat and returned ashore. They were taken back to the harbour by the Operations manager in the Landrover. As the lifeboat was being hauled up the beach, word came through that a man had been injured on one of the windfarm support vessels and needed hospital treatment, so the lifeboat re-launched at ……

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…… and met up with the vessel “Celtic Wind”, skippered by one of our crew members. It turned out that the injured man was another crew member. He was transferred to the lifeboat, and returned to shore at 1330. He was transferred by ambulance to hospital and treated for a badly-gashed head. The lifeboat was ready for service by 1400.


18/4/2005. 1212
The windfarm support vessel “Celtic Wind” contacted Holyhead Coastguard to inform them that the windfarm towers had 4 maintenance men inside them, and the support vessel could not access the base of the towers due to 2.5m high waves and strong winds. The men were happy to stay inside the towers, but they had no supplies to last them through the night, should that be necessary. Assistance was then requested for the AWB to go out with the supplies, so that the men could winch them up to the base platform of the towers. The AWB crew therefore waited for 40 minutes until the windfarm company delivered the supplies in 3 containers to the boathouse. The AWB was launched at 1256, and arrived at the 1 tower some 17 minutes later. The supplies were attached to lines and lifted up to the platforms on 2 of the towers. Once all was safe, the AWB then escorted “Celtic Wind” back to Point of Air and sheltered waters, then returned to station at 1600. The men remained on the towers until 2000 when the weather abated and they were able to be picked up by the support vessels.


10/4/2005. 1235
AWB requested to back up ILB proceeding to Prestatyn t reports of 3 people stuck on a sandbank off Presthaven sands Holiday Camp. The ILB had launched 6 minutes earlier. The AWB arrived on scene at 1255 and searched with the ILB on a parallel search down the coastline. the coastguard mobile patrol was also on scene. They had seen other people on a separate sandbank but had now lost sight of them. The 3 original casualties were escorted off the sandbank by the coastguard with the ILB in attendance, whilst the AWB stood off 1/4 mile off shore. The 3 were OK after their escape, and the search continued for the other people 1/2 mile to East. Some were seen going over the sand dunes and it was assumed that they were the people the coastguard saw. The search continued for another half hour when all units were stood down, the AWB returning to station by 1437, the ILB arriving home at 1420.


28/3/2005. 1909
All-weather Boat was requested by Flint Inshore Lifeboat crew who were transporting a female porpoise from the River Dee to open waters off Rhyl. The animal had become trapped in the narrow part of the river and her calf had died. The ILB crew managed to get the porpoise into the boat and with the help of a RSPCA inspector were nearly off Rhyl when the AWB from Rhyl arrived. It was decided to keep the animal in the ILB and for both Lifeboats to proceed to 5 miles out and release her. This was done successfully and the lifeboats returned to Rhyl, Flint lifeboat returning by road. The Rhyl lifeboat was ready for service by 2100. Click here for VIDEO


10/1/2005. 2258
Numerous reports were received by Holyhead Coastguard , stating a red flare had been seen off Rhyl. The Coastguard team and the AWB were paged and the boat launched by 2307. A search was conducted up to 2 miles offshore on a parallel track search , and Coastguard teams and the shore crew assisted with a beach and promenade search. This was the first time our new Landrover was called into action, as it had only been delivered at 4.30 pm that day. The police helicopter NW1 also helped in the search with it’s FLIR unit (forward-looking infra red). Various targets were investigated but nothing was found, or they turned out to be navigation buoys with their lights out. The search was called off at 1.55am Tuesday. Reports had said that the flare was seen very close to the shore line, with some even stating it may have come down in the town centre. All units were stood down, the AWB being ready for service by 02.30 Tuesday.

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