14/12/2019.2110. AWB requested to launch to assist coastguards and police in search for a person suspected to be in the water at Pensarn. The lifeboat was requested to provide illumination for the shore parties. All units searched for over 2 hours until the person was found near to the beach, but safe ashore. Due to the high tide, the lifeboat was moored in Rhyl harbour until there was sufficient beach to recover. The boat was ready for service approximately 0300.
7/12/2019. 0536. Both boats requested to launch to search for a missing person believed to be in the water off the Sky Tower. As the boats were about to launch, the UK coastguard reported the person was safe and well ashore, and the boats were stood down at 0550. Classed as standby.
4/12/2019.14.30. The Shannon 13-34 ‘Anthony Kenneth Heard’ became the station all-weather lifeboat for Rhyl after a final passout of the crew, boat and launching equipment.
21/10/2019. 0801. Both boats launched after police requested sea-going back-up to search for a missing male believed n the water off Rhyl. Also involved were coastguard units from Rhyl, Flint and Llandudno, also Search and rescue dogs and North-East wales search and rescue teams. All agencies searched for nearly 4 hours but nothing was found. RNLI assets returned to station at 1220.
20/10/2019. 0138. Rhyl Lifeboat and Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team paged for the 4th time in just over 24 hours to a police incident at Sandy Cove. The station Mersey-class lifeboat was launched as the weather was borderline for the inshore lifeboat. The station’s Shannon-class lifeboat is not yet the station boat until all training is completed. As the lifeboat arrived on scene, the police helicopter reported the person was found safe ashore and so the lifeboat returned to station, the crew getting to their beds just before 4am.
The crew deserve every respect, as they have been training daily for up to 10 hours with the Shannon lifeboat, yet they still respond to their pagers. This is the second night running they have probably had less than 3 hours’ sleep, but are ready the next morning. to resume training.
19/10/2019.0028. Both boats launched to report of a person in the water off the Sky Tower who had disappeared from sight of friends on the shore. The Boats and Coastguard searched until police reported the person had arrived safe and well at home. The boats returned to station by 0213.
……………0234. Both boats launched again to a report of a person on the rock armouring at Sandy Cove. Police and coastguards were also involved. After an hour’s searching, the person was found on the promenade nearby and all units were stood down, the boats being ready for service by 0500.
21/9/2019.1641. Both boats paged to come to immediate readiness after UK coastguard at Holyhead received 999 calls regarding 2 people in a kayak in difficulty, with 3 people swimming to them. The local coastguard team arrived on scene at the Nova centre, Prestatyn, and found all were now safely ashore. 1 person had inhaled water and was advised to go to hospital for a check-up. The lifeboats were stood down at 1700. Classed as a standby.
25/8/2019. Air Show day 2 1250. AWB asked to standby as a wind farm vessel ‘Kitty Petra’ reported finding a small boat in the sea mist, who had become disorientated with 3 people on board. Just as the boat was being prepared, the mist lifted and the boat managed to return safely to Rhyl harbour, where they were met by Rhyl coastguard who advised the party to invest in some navigation equipment. The boat was stood down at 1304. Standby only.
18/8/2019. 1538. Both boats were paged after the public dialled 999 to notify UK Coastguard at Holyhead, of 2 children being blown out to sea off Prestatyn. As the crews were assembling, the coastguard cancelled the launch as the 2 children had swum ashore safely. Lifeboats were stood down at 1545. Classed as a standby.
9/8/2019.1157. Both boats were paged to a report of 2 girls being swept out to sea west of Talacre lighthouse, with 2 people swimming after the inflatable. The ILB arrived on scene first, and was directed to the area and then spotted the girls about 500 metres out. They were taken on board the ILB just as the AWB arrived, and were taken back to shore just a s the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived. The girls were cold but well, so did not want to go to hospital. Once all were safe ashore, the boats returned to station by 1430.
7/8/2019.0223. Both ILB and AWB requested to launch by UKCG at Holyhead, to assist North Wales Police to search for a person who had decamped from a road traffic incident near the harbour. The police had found footprints in the sand from the banjo-head on the harbour wall leading into the harbour / river Clwyd. Both boats launched , and together with local coastguard teams from Rhyl and Llandudno, and also the police helicopter, searched the river up to Rhuddlan, and to the east f the harbour. the search carried on for up to 3 hours with nothing being found. All units were then stood down.
5/8/2019.1821. ILB and AWB crews paged to launch to a report of a small boat taking in water off Llandulas. As the crew were assembling, the coastguard at Holyhead reported the casualties and the boat had made it ashore, safe and well. All units were stood down.
25/7/2019.1522. Both boats paged to launch to reports of 2 children being blown out to sea on an inflatable, about 1 mile off Barkby beach, Prestatyn. The ILB arrived on scene and found an empty inflatable and a few other things like beach balls in the area. The AWB commenced a search of the area while the ILB returned to the beach with the inflatable. Local coastguards and RNLI lifeguards had conducted an investigation on the beach, and it turned out that the children had managed to swim ashore and were safe and well. All units were stood down at 1558, the AWB returning to station at 1620.
21/7/2019.1243. The first call was to a small inflatable boat with three persons on board off Llandulas, and the second immediately after was to a speedboat with two people on board having engine trouble off Prestatyn. The initial callout was requested by the UK Coastguard at Holyhead, after their mobile patrol in Rhos-on-Sea reported a small dinghy about a mile and a half out from Llandulas, appearing to be in trouble. There were three people on board, and the boat was moving erratically. The AWB was launched and proceeded to the reported location of the boat. The sea was fairly choppy with an offshore wind. As the lifeboat approached the initial report position, the coastguard mobile patrol reported the boat was now much closer to shore. The lifeboat found the boat with the three persons happily drifting whilst fishing. It was noted the three did not have lifejackets, radio or flares, but they said that they were fine. The coxswain of the lifeboat gave them some strong safety advice about being out so far in a small inflatable with no alternate means of calling for help should their mobile phones failed. The party said they would be near to the shore and intended to return to Llandulas about 1700.
…………………. 1435. The crew returned to Rhyl and had just recovered the boat and were taking it into the boathouse, when the Coastguard requested the boat to re-launch, this time to a small speedboat having engine trouble somewhere off Rhyl. The crew launched again, and this time the boat owner had a VHF radio, and his position was ascertained by Prestatyn RNLI lifeguards as being off the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. The lifeboat was diverted that way and found the casualty boat with two people on board, just offshore at the Rhyl/Prestatyn border. The owner had managed to re-start his engine and was proceeding slowly back to Rhyl. The lifeboat crew escorted the vessel until it was safely back in Rhyl harbour, and was recovered by the harbour master with local coastguards in attendance to assist the owner with advice about radio procedure when at sea. The crew returned to station at 1640.
14/7/2019. 0900. A speedboat with 5 people on board had left Rhyl harbour for a fishing trip, when the out-drive of the boat became entangled with the buoys and rope from a set of Whelk pots, about two miles directly out from the boathouse. The skipper radioed the UK coastguard at Holyhead, who requested the AWB from Rhyl be launched, due to the number of people on board the craft. The AWB was under way about 15 minutes later. The vessel was located both visually and with direction-finding equipment, which homed on to the VHF radio the skipper was carrying. The lifeboat was alongside about 10 minutes later, and a crew member was transferred to the casualty. By attaching himself to the boat’s rails, the crew member was able to lean over the stern of the vessel, and was able to free the propeller by hand. Once the casualty boat was free, the skipper was able to re-start his engine, and motor back to Rhyl harbour, escorted by the lifeboat, and the boat was recovered by Rhyl harbour master into the harbour compound, the AWB returning to station at 11.15am.
7/7/2019. 1542. A party of 4 on a 21-foot speedboat had set off from Rhyl on Sunday morning, 7 July and were preparing to return after a day’s fishing just to the South-East corner of the Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm off Rhyl. They discovered the starter motor had seized, and they were unable to start their engine by alternative means. They tried to call the UK coastguard at Holyhead on their VHF radio, but were not successful, so a 999 call on their mobile phone was made and the volunteers of Rhyl lifeboat station were paged.
The vessel was about eight miles North of Rhyl, and so the coastguard put out an all-ships broadcast on the VHF radio, which resulted in a nearby windfarm support vessel ‘Windcat 3’ going to the aid of the vessel to prevent them drifting into the windfarm area. The boat was towed back to Rhyl, and met up with Rhyl’s All-weather lifeboat about six miles to the North of the harbour. The tow was transferred to the lifeboat, and the four casualties were taken on board the lifeboat, whilst a lifeboat crew member stayed on the casualty vessel. As the tide was going out at Rhyl harbour, it was a race against time to get the vessel back with enough water in the harbour to be recovered on the slipway. To aid the speed and to move in the shallow water, the inshore lifeboat from Rhyl was launched, and towed the casualty vessel from the outer harbour to the slipway. The lifeboats then returned to station by 1830. The casualty vessel was assisted ashore by the local Coastguard rescue team to ensure all were safely brought ashore.
25/5/2019.2134. AWB crew paged to go to immediate readiness after a member of the public reported they could see a boat on fire off Talacre. Rhyl coastguard team were also paged to meet with the first informant. The object was identified as a jack-up maintenance vessel on the South Hoyle wind farm, with all the deck lights shining, and all units were stood down at 2153. Classed as standby.
21/5/2019. Our station boat ON1183 12-24 ‘Lil Cunningham’, returned to station by sea from Holyhead where she had some repairs done to the mast. The relief boat ON1187 12-28 ‘Mary Margaret’ was taken by sea to Conwy Marina, to return to the relief fleet.
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