27/12/2018. 0021. The ILB crew were paged after numerous calls to the police, reporting up to 3 people in the water off the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. As the ILB was launching, further reports from UK coastguard at Holyhead revised this figure to just 1 person. Local coastguard teams from Rhyl and Flint were also tasked, and police were on scene. As the ILB arrived , the local coastguards reported all persons were out of the water and all were safe. The ILB was stood down and returned to station at 0110.

20/12/2018. 1331. The ILB crew were paged after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received calls regarding a kite surfer off Rhyl beach getting into difficulty The lifeboat crew launched and were on scene within three minutes. They found the kite surfer in the shallows, having self-recovered to the beach. The local coastguard team took the surfer back to the lifeboat station to be reunited with his kite which the lifeboat crew had recovered. The ILB was ready for service at 1420.

17/12/2018. 1447. ILB requested to launch to a reported person in the water at Ffrith beach, Prestatyn. As the crew got to the water’s edge, UK coastguard at Holyhead stood the boat down, as the person was now out of the water. Classed as a standby.

11/12/2018. 2115. Both boats were paged and launched to a reported person in the water off Rhyl. Also involved were local coastguards, police, and the coastguard helicopter. The person was found on the beach safe. The boats returned to station at 2210.

6/12/2018. 0732. ILB crew  were paged by the UK Coastguard at Holyhead, to a person reported stuck in mud near Rhyl harbour. As the crew were assembling, the Coastguard cancelled the launch, as the person had self-recovered. Classed as a standby.

30/11/2018.1136. The ILB was paged by Holyhead Coastguard to assist a horse from which the rider had been unseated and was going into the sea off Rhyl. As the crew were preparing to launch, the coastguard reported the horse had been recovered, and the horse and rider were safe. The ILB was stood down, the service being classed as a standby.

5/10/2018. 0127. Both boats launched to assist police and coastguards searching for a male on Rhyl beach near Splash Point. They used flares and searchlights to illuminate the area. The male was located by police near Splash Point, safe. All maritime units were stood down and returned to station at 0330.




Track of ILB

31/8/2018. 1845.  ILB crew and coastguards were paged after UK coastguard at Holyhead received a 999 call from a member of the public, reporting an inflatable with 2 persons on board, drifting out to sea off Castle cove camp, between Pensarn and Llandulas. The ILB launched and arrived on scene to find 2 people fishing, and all was well. On the safety advice from the ILB crew, the occupants agreed to return to shore, as they had no means of communicating distress apart from a mobile phone. The ILB crew returned to station by 1915.

28/8/2018. 1230. ILB crew paged for immediate launch after UK coastguard at Holyhead received 999 calls regarding 2 young girls being swept out to see off Pensarn beach, Abergele. The ILB launched and had gone about 1/2 mile when the coastguard reported the girls had been recovered to the beach by persons unknown. ILB stood down, and returned to station at 1240.

19/8/2018. (actually 2358 on 18/8/18).  ILB and AWB requested together with coastguards  to search for a person probably in the water off Splash Point, Rhyl. The ILB launched and had searched for about 30 minutes when the coastguards reported the person had been found ashore. Returned to station at 0045.

18/8/2018. 1342. ILB paged after RNLI lifeguards reported 3 males trapped on a sandbank 200m out from the boathouse. A RNLI lifeguard had waded across and was with them. They were fully clothed and would not have made it back through the deep gulley. The ILB launched and was with them in 2 minutes. The 3 were taken on board the boat together with the lifeguard and returned to their families at the boathouse. The ILB was ready for service by 1406.




………… 1600. Rhyl lifeguards requested back up from crew and coastguards after they helped recover 2 young girls from the sea by the Pavilion theatre, after 2 young boys had raised the alarm. The lifeguards requested the ILB to go on the beach with extra oxygen and first aid equipment. The girls were transported to the station by the ILB and crew, and casualty care continued until ambulances arrived to take the children to hospital, where they were kept overnight. Classed as an ILB standby as we did not launch. Police were also involved to locate the girls’ family. Picture shows emergency vehicles at scene.

14/8/18.1406.  ILB launch request page by Holyhead coastguard to reports of multiple children in the surf line at Presthaven Sands camp, Gronant. ILB stood by at station until coastguards reported all had been led to safety. Rescue helicopter 936 and Prestatyn RNLI lifeguards also alerted but not required. Stood down at 1420.

13/8/2018. 0634. ILB crew paged after North wales Police requested back-up for distressed person up to their waist in the sea at Pensarn, Abergele. ILB had just entered the water when UK coastguard at Holyhead reported the person had returned to shore voluntarily, and all was now well. ILB returned to station at 0700.

12/8/2018.1428. Rhyl RNLI lifeguards reported a black object in the sea about 1/4 mile out from Kinmel bay, looking like 2 persons in an inflatable. The ILB was paged, and found it was a tree with 2 branches sticking up at either end. The log was towed back to station for disposal by the council, the ILB returning at 1510. Photos courtesy of Rhyl Coastguard rescue team.






11/8/2018. 1156. Both boats paged after spoken word ‘Mayday’ was heard on VHF distress channel 16 very clearly. The crew were already at the station for the Open Day, and so both boats were launched within six minutes of being paged. The coastguard requested the AWB search offshore between Pensarn beach and Prestatyn Barkby beach; and the ILB to search Rhyl harbour and close inshore between the same two points.
Local coastguards, who were also attending the Open day, made enquiries on the Rhyl promenade area. The lifeboats searched for about two hours, investigating all craft within the search area, with no results. The search was the called off by UK coastguard, as nothing further had been heard on the distress channel. The lifeboats and coastguards then returned to the event at about 1415.


10/8/2018.1116. Both boats were launched after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received reports a speedboat had beached, at Golden gate camp, Towyn, with 2 people on board, and the occupants were having difficulty re-launching it.
First on scene was the ILB. The crew managed to get a tow line attached, and were successful in towing the casualty boat out of the surf line. The tow was then passed to the AWB, and the boat was towed back to Rhyl harbour. The occupants of the casualty vessel were driven to the harbour by the local coastguard volunteers, as it was deemed too rough for them to re-board the boat in the surf.
Once in the outer harbour at Rhyl, then inshore lifeboat crew then took over the tow to the harbour slipway, where the boat was recovered by harbour master staff.









6/8/18. 1545. Rhyl AWB requested the launch of the ILB to take the owner and his crew out to their yacht which had been drifting after breaking it’s mooring in Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey. The yacht had been towed by the ILB from the Douglas gas and oil complex, over 12 miles out. The ILB put the 2 people on board, then after escorting the yacht for  half a mile, returned to station by 1620.





……………….. 1700. as the last of the crew were leaving the boathouse, they were approached by a family who said a young boy in their party had fallen off a wall near the boathouse, and had a head wound. He was given casualty care by the crew, and a doctor in the party then took over the care and the party then left for their coach at 1745. Classed as a shore-based service.

1/8/18. 1516. A crew member at station noticed a small speedboat with 2 persons on board, stop at the end perch , marking the entrance to the harbour. The boat started to drift, and was in difficulty. The UK coastguard at Holyhead was informed, and authority was given for the ILB to launch. This was done and the vessel was taken in tow back to Rhyl harbour. Once the casualty vessel and it’s occupants were safe ashore, the ILB returned to station at 1540.

23/7/18.1757. As the crew were preparing for the fortnightly exercise with the AWB, the pagers sounded. Rhyl RNLI lifeguards spotted an object off Kinmel Bay, being blown out to sea. The ILB launched and Rhyl coastguard were alerted. The ILB came up on an inflatable Flamingo about 1/2 mile out to sea with no-one on board. The inflatable was taken back to shore to the coastguards, where it was claimed back by persons on the shore. as they confirmed no-one was missing, the ILB then returned to station by 1840.

11/7/2018.1651. The initial report , to the lifeboat crew from UK coastguard at Holyhead, reported the man had disappeared from the view of police officers on the shore, and local volunteer coastguard officers were also paged to attend. The coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked.
Directions from police on shore directed the lifeboat crew, who located the man struggling to swim in the cold water. He was taken on board the lifeboat and the volunteers took him back to shore as the helicopter landed nearby.
The partner of the man had come to the boat, and was informed the tide was coming in around her, so she also was taken on board the lifeboat to another safe landing place.
The helicopter and ambulance paramedics, together with coastguards assured the man was given the best care, and together the agencies agreed the best way to get the man to hospital was by helicopter. He was winched up from the lifeboat, and the lady was taken to hospital by road ambulance.
Once both casualties were on their way to hospital, the lifeboat returned to station, to be ready for service at 1850. Last picture courtesy Rhyl Coast Rescue team.


10/7/2018. 1945. Both lifeboats were called to assist a man who had grounded his vessel after mechanical problems at Pensarn, Abergele. The inshore lifeboat was on scene first, and got a tow line to the vessel, and towed the boat away from the shore, where the all-weather lifeboat took over the tow. the boat and one passenger were taken back to Rhyl harbour, and the inshore lifeboat again took over the tow, and the casualty vessel was put back on it’s trailer at the harbour slipway, with the assistance of local coastguards. the lifeboats returned to station at 21.45.





07/04/2018. 1100. The beach was packed with people enjoying the Summer sunshine. The RNLI Denbighshire beach lifeguards were braced for a busy day in Rhyl and Prestatyn, and it soon manifested into multiple incidents occurring simultaneously, so much so, that the lifeguards called for immediate back-up from the UK local coastguards and the lifeboat crew. There were large offshore sandbanks visible, but they soon became covered with the incoming tide, trapping the unsuspecting people. The lifeguards, coastguards and lifeboat worked flat out all day. The ILB launched to patrol the area between the harbour and Prestatyn, and also the lifeboat crew used the station’s Land Rover to warn people of the incoming tide and to escort people to safety. There were too many incidents for the lifeboat crew to report, so it was all combined into 1 service for the ILB and one shore-based service for the Land rover. Picture courtesy Rhyl coastguard team.





04/07/2018.0004. Both boats were launched to a 22-foot yacht with engine trouble, grounded on a sandbar off Pensarn, Abergele. Local coastguard team was also alerted. The ILB crew found the yacht on the beach at Golden sands Camp, Towyn, with one person on board. The casualty was quite cold and tired after trying to stop the yacht dragging it’s anchor, but had not been successful. The ILB took the vessel in tow to deeper water, where the AWB took over. The casualty was transferred to the AWB and was given casualty care and warmed up in the wheelhouse. The yacht was successfully towed into Rhyl harbour, where the ILB took up the tow again to get the vessel to the pontoon to waiting coastguards. Once the casualty was transferred to the pontoon, both boats returned to station, being ready for service at 0245.

30/6/2018. 1258.  ILB called to 2 inflatables off Kinmel Bay. 1 had returned to beach, other was an inflatable chair. Taken back to beach. AWB put on standby in case search required. Owners claimed chair on beach, all units stood down. ILB back on station at 1345.

…………………..1350. ILB launched to 2 kayaks off Sandy Cove. Male seen capsizing and having difficulty getting back in. ILB took him on board and returned to shore. His partner in the other kayak was also struggling to get to shore, so she was taken back to the beach. The ILB was diverted to another call at 1403.

…………………1403. ILB diverted to report of speedboat on rocks at Golden gate camp. 1 person on board. ILB crew took boat in tow, successfully getting clear of rocks, then returned boat and owner to Pensarn beach. The ILB returned to station at 1505.

……………… 1605. ILB launched to 2 persons in a jet boat broken down off Splash point, Rhyl. Boat taken in tow back to Prestatyn Barkby beach. ILB then got diverted at 1650.

…………………… 1650. Missing child at Rhyl beach. As ILB was just getting on scene, the lifeguards reported the child had been found. ILB returned to station at 1655.

…………………. 1812. Crew at the boathouse saw a kite surfer become parted with his board and was struggling to get back to shore. ILB launched, and came alongside just as the man had got into shallow water. The ILB crew recovered the board and returned to station at 1848.

Total track for ILB that day from www.marinetraffic.com app.

15/6/2018 0415. The ILB was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at Holyhead  after a 999 call was made by someone saying they were concerned for the safety of their two friends who were going for a swim in the sea. The ILB launched at 4:20am and along with HM Coastguard Rescue teams from Rhyl and Flint conducted a search along the shore from splash point, Rhyl to the Ffrith in Prestatyn. After around 45 minutes of  searching the Holyhead Coastguard found from the first informant that the persons in question had made it back to their caravan. All units were stood down and returned to station by 0530


11/6/2018. 2331.  UK Coastguard at Holyhead requested the launch of theILB, after a report from North Wales Police that there was a boat adrift in Rhyl harbour, which had now drifted down river towards the rock training wall. The ILB  launched at 11:35pm and proceeded to the harbour, where the crew found the boat already on the rocks below the new Range superstore. A crew member was put ashore to assess the boat and check for any damage, whilst the crew on the Inshore boat set up a tow line. With the tide dropping, the crew worked quickly to remove the boat from the rocks and tow it back to the harbour pontoons to the awaiting owner of the boat and Rhyl Coastguard Team. The ILB returned at 00.45.

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 5.5 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.