D770 “Mary Maxwell” Inshore Lifeboat – Services 2018

28/5/2018. 1429.  AWB and ILB pagers activated to search for an overdue 21-ft speedboat with 2 persons on board, overdue coming back from Liverpool to see the tall ships. As the boats were launching, news came via the coastguard the vessel was aground near Talacre. The 2 lifeboats made their way there, but when they got to the location (about half a mile East of the lighthouse) it was obvious that the boat was high and dry and would only refloat when the tide came in about 9pm. The boat’s anchor was re-positioned to stop any drift with the incoming tide, as the boat would end up in the busy channel in the approaches to Mostyn Port. The vessel had sustained engine trouble on beaching, and so could not return to Rhyl, so the Coxswain in conjunction with the owner and the station manager, agreed to return on the flood tide. Both lifeboats returned to station by 1715.

…………………..2012. The pagers sounded after Holyhead Coastguard received a report of a red object 105 miles North-East of the station. They had also had reports of a second red RIB overdue back to Rhyl from Liverpool, so the ILB launched. On scene they found a cluster of red helium balloons which were deflated and the ILB returned to station by 2030.
…………………..2045. The crew  had just got back and were preparing to go to the initial casualty when a report came in that there was a boat approaching Rhyl fast from the North-East. The ILB launched and intercepted the vessel, which proved to be the overdue RIB. As all was well, the ILB then proceeded to it’s initial casualty.
…………………..2100. Both boats relaunched to the initial casualty to find it just floating in a gulley. A tow line was attached by the ILB and the boat was towed out to the AWB. The 2 casualties were transferred to the lifeboat and the vessel was towed back to Rhyl, arriving just before midnight. The ILB again took over the tow to get the vessel under the harbour footbridge, and returned the boat to the yacht club slipway to local coastguards. Both vessels returned to station , being ready for service at 0140 the next morning.

26/5/18. 0042. The crew had just returned home after the previous call, when the pagers alerted them to another callout. A member of the public had seen a fully-clothed male enter the water between the lifeboat station and the Sky Tower. Coastguards were alerted, and the inshore lifeboat crew were on immediate readiness for launch. Investigations by the local coastguard teams found the man had been found by police officers, and had been taken to hospital, so the units were stood down, the crew finishing at about 0048.

25/5/18.2229. The first call came when the UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls from a party of teenagers on Rhyl beach near the harbour entrance. A football had gone into the sea, and a young man went into the water to retrieve it. He got into difficulties, and a second man went into the water to help him. The local coastguard teams and the ILB were paged and were on scene within five minutes of the call. They found the first casualty in a very poor state, showing signs of being hypothermic, and lapsing in and out of consciousness. The second casualty was conscious and very cold. The first man was put on oxygen and given other casualty care, warmed in a blanket, and monitored whilst the ambulance arrived. The second casualty was warmed up also. The men were transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital. Service completed at 2345.


20/5/2018. 2118. The ILB; and the AWB at 2150, were launched to help in a shoreline search between Rhyl and Barkby Beach Prestatyn, in conjunction with coastguards, Police on the ground and in the air. This followed a police incident near Rhyl Golf Club where a male was taken into custody, and a search was started for another male who was with him. All units searched for three hours until the police said all maritime units could stand down, the lifeboats returning to station at 0020 the next morning. Picture shows the track of the ILB.

20/5/2018. 1637. The UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls regarding a man on a PWC (Jetski) waving his arms on the vessel off the Golf Club to the East of Rhyl’s Splash Point.

coastguards meet RNLI crew and jetski at Rhyl harbiour after the vessel runs out of fuel.

photo courtesy HMCG/Ian Olsen
The pagers were activated at 4.37pm on Sunday 20 May, to launch the inshore lifeboat, who were alongside the casualty within five minutes of launching. The rider informed the crew that both the main and reserve tanks of fuel were empty. The crew took the Jetski in tow and returned it and it’s owner from where they had launched in Rhyl harbour. The casualty and his craft were handed over to local Rhyl coastguard volunteers, watched by his parents on shore. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 6pm.It is always advisable for owners of personal watercraft, if they run out of fuel in the main tank, to switch to the reserve tank and try to get back to their launch site, or to shore if possible.

7/5/2018. 1649. The ILB was launched, and the AWB brought to immediate readiness, after the UK coastguard coordinating centre in Holyhead received a 999 call from a lady at Talacre, saying her 4 year-old daughter had gone missing, last seen in the sea. The ILB launched and had travelled about half-way to the area (8 miles away), when the lady again dialled 999 and said her child had been found safe and well. Both boats were stood down, the ILB returning at 1740.

1757. The ILB crew were paged again for a small speedboat with four persons on board waving for help, off Prestatyn. The ILB launched, and came up on the boat being towed towards shore by another small angling boat. Nearer to shore, the ILB crew assisted the casualty craft and it’s occupants to land, returning to station at 1840.

5/5/2018.1610. Rhyl Coastguard volunteer patrol requested the ILB to attend to a small inflatable dinghy with two adults and one child on board, who had launched into the river by the entrance to Rhyl harbour, and were being carried out to sea by the ebb tide. The ILB launched and was alongside the dinghy within five minutes. The dinghy and it’s occupants were assisted ashore, to be met by the local coastguard with some safety advice. The ILB returned to station at 1630.

25/4/2018. 1745.  Local coastguards and the ILB were launched after Holyhead Coastguard coordinating Centre received a 999 call that there was possibly someone stranded on a perch marker between Rhyl and Prestatyn. The units were initially sent towards Ffrith Beach, but it soon became clear the perch was the sewer outfall marker just beyond Splash Point. A search of the area was undertaken and a couple of people interviewed, but nothing was found, and the units were stood down, the ILB returning at 1845. Conditions were just on the limit for the ILB, South-westerly force 6, incoming tide and heavy dumping surf. All units returned to base safe.

30/3/2018.  2150. North Wales Police informed the UK Coastguard Co-ordinating centre in Holyhead, that clothes had been found on Rhyl beach, opposite the Pavilion Theatre. Local coastguard teams were paged, but it soon became clear due to the tide and sea conditions, that extra resources would be required to carry out a shoreline search. A jacket had been found on the beach and it was unclear where the owner had gone to. Both the inshore, and all-weather lifeboat were launched, this being the first launch for the all-weather boat. Other items of clothing were found by the coastguards further down the beach, but wee not directly associated with the initial find.
The area between Rhyl Harbour and Garford road past Splash Point were thoroughly searched using searchlights and parachute flares to illuminate the area, but nothing was found.
After nearly two hours of searching, nothing had been found, and as no-one was reported missing from the area, the search was called off with a possible extra check in daylight the following day. The lifeboats returned to station at just after midnight on Saturday.

Photos courtesy of Ian Olsen, Station Officer at Rhyl coastguard.
Path of ILB Path of ILB ILB launching ILB searching

16/2/2018. 2315.  ILB crew paged to assist North Wales Police and coastguards, to search for a male in the water off the Pavilion Theatre. As the crew were assembling, the UK coastguard at Holyhead were informed by the police that the incident had been resolved, and the crew were stood down at 2321. Classed as a standby.

1/1/2018. 1121. The ILB crew were paged after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received a report of a fully-dressed male in the water by the Events Arena on Rhyl promenade. As the crew were assembling, the coxswain saw the man had now left the water and was sitting on a bench in the arena. The local coastguard team were then directed to the man, and the lifeboat crew were stood down. Classed as a standby, completing at 1145.

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