16/5/2019 1447. Both boats were launched by UK Coastguard to reports of a person in the sea off Pensarn Beach, Abergele. The ILB launched first and arrived on scene before coastguards and ambulance had arrived. The AWB was also launched as a search may have been required to locate the person in the water. A crew member from the ILB located the first informant and was able to direct the ILB crew to where the person was. The casualty was located over half a mile out from the shore, and recovered on to the lifeboat, which returned to the beach. The casualty was given first aid on the beach as the air ambulance arrived. The casualty was assessed and the decision to take them to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was made by ambulance staff on scene. They were transferred on a stretcher by members of all the emergency services on scene, and taken into the ambulance. All marine units were stood down, returning to station by 1730.
30/4/2019. 2330. A local small fishing boat reported to the UK Coastguard at Holyhead that he had his fishing line round the propeller, and was in danger of being pulled under the water, to the East of Prestatyn. The AWB launched and was by the casualty within 12 minutes of launching. The skipper by this time had managed to free the propeller from his outboard engine, and so continued to haul in his nets, with the lifeboat standing by. Once this was completed, the skipper was able to motor back to Rhyl, where the lifeboat crew helped him with the boat’s recovery. The AWB was ready for service at 2.20 the next day 1/5/2019.
17/4/19.1441. Both boats were launched after UK coastguard at Holyhead received 999 calls regarding a father and son rowing out to the windfarms off Prestatyn, and disappearing from sight. Due to the misty weather, offshore wind, and cross-shore tide, the people on shore reported the 2-metre long inflatable boat had been lost in the mist, so both of Rhyl’s lifeboats were launched in anticipation of a possible search for the boat.
Luckily, a member of the public spotted the boat again, and the local volunteer coastguard team were able to direct the lifeboat crews to the boat.
The man and his young son were in the middle of the busy shipping lane to the port of Mostyn, which is used by numerous windfarm transfer boats and the Airbus wing ferry, trying to row ashore but not making any headway. The pair were taken on board the lifeboat, as was their dinghy. Neither were really equipped for a 4-mile journey to the windfarm, not having lifejackets, flares, or a means of calling for help.
The lifeboat crew then took the casualties back to the Prestatyn shore, where they were then ferried to the beach on the inshore lifeboat, to be met by the coastguards.
5/4/2019. Our station boat 12-24 ‘Lil Cunningham’ sustained some damage to the mast on station, which needed repairs urgently. The boat was taken by sea to Conwy Marina, and relief boat 12-28 ‘Mary Margaret’ was brought from Fleetwood by sea to take up temporary station duties.
23/3/2019. 1539. The crew were paged to evacuate a crew member on a Scallop dredger, six miles off Rhyl, who was having an asthma attack. The lifeboat launched and was alongside the vessel twenty minutes after launching. The crew member had run out of medication for his condition due to other medical symptoms. Two first aiders from the lifeboat were transferred to the vessel to assess and start casualty care for the crew member. His condition was stabilised and he was transferred on to the lifeboat, where he was given oxygen to aid his breathing for the return to Rhyl.
The crew were safely back at station by 5.20pm where the crew member was transferred to hospital via ambulance.
16/3/2019. 2035 ILB initially paged, followed by AWB , to a report of possibly a person in the water in Rhyl harbour. ILB initially taken by road to the harbour and searched the immediate area with Rhyl coastguard team. Due to the ebbing tide, back-up was requested from Rhyl AWB due to the westerly force 7 wind and high seas. Llandudno and Flint coastguard teams, together with the coastguard helicopter, were also tasked. The search continued for about two hours with nothing found. The AWB searched west to Pensarn, ad the ILB again covered the harbour entrance and the harbour itself, and coastguards searched from Abergele to Prestatyn. Nothing found, and all units were stood down.
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24/2/2019. 0855. AWB paged to assist yacht ‘Trapper Tass’ with engine failure off the Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm, becalmed and with 2 persons on board, in poor visibility. The AWB launched and located the vessel and started to tow it to it’s destination of Liverpool. Hoylake lifeboat was tasked to take the vessel into Liverpool, but entry to the port was not allowed due to the poor visibility. Hoylake were stood down, and the tow was diverted back to the leaving port of Conway. Llandudno lifeboat was tasked to take the tow into the Conwy river, and the tow was transferred off Llanddulas, Rhyl lifeboat returning to station at 1345