7/7/2019. 1542. 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.
5/7/2019.1926. ILB and Coastguard were paged after a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a person in the water off the Pavilion Theatre. The ILB and crew were proceeding down the beach and spotted a person running back up the beach. It was confirmed by the first informant that this was the same person, and so the casualty was escorted up the beach to the shore. North Wales police and ambulance services were also involved. ILB returned to station at 1953.
1/7/2019. 2123. The ILB was tasked to launch to assist North Wales police with a person in the water off Rhyl events arena. The ILB was launched and was immediately stood down as the police incident had been resolved. The ILB returned to station at 2134.
27/6/2019. 1731. ILB crew paged after a small 5m day boat reported to UK coastguard at Holyhead that their engine had failed. 3 persons on board. The vessel was located about half a mile north-west of the end perch marking Rhyl harbour entrance. The vessel was located and the ILB was alongside in 5 minutes. The boat was taken in tow back to Rhyl harbour, where they were met by the Rhyl coastguard team and the boat was recovered by the harbourmaster. The ILB then returned to station by 1830.
6/6/2019.1130. The crew were present for the D-day 75th Anniversary Commemoration on Rhyl beach, when they were alerted by a family member that a lady was unwell on the promenade to the west of the station. The crew carried out casualty care until the coastguards and ambulance personnel arrived, and handed over the duty of care to the ambulance team. The crew left the site at 1222. Classed as a shore-based service.
18/5/2019. 2022. The ILB crew were paged after 2 people on 2 PWCs (personal water craft – Jetski) phoned the UK coastguard at Holyhead to say they had engine problems at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The ILB launched, and was on scene within 4 minutes of launching. It appeared that the craft were coming back in to the harbour, but struck a sandbank, causing sand and mud to enter the craft and stop the engine. The 2 were taken on board the lifeboat and the Jetskis were towed back to their launching slipway in Rhyl harbour to waiting coastguards. The last picture is courtesy Rhyl coastguard team. The ILB returned to station at 2130.
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.
21/4/2019. 1245. A kayaker in the river Clwyd, near to the railway bridge upstream of the Foryd harbour bridge, spotted an unattended wind surfer board in the water and contacted the UK Coastguard at Holyhead. The ILB and local Rhyl coastguards were paged and went to scene via Rhyl harbour. The board was located, and it showed signs of being in the water for a long time, covered in growth and cracked. The coastguards recovered the board and the ILB returned to station at 1325.
17/4/2019.1441. 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.
9/4/2019.1015. Both ILB crew and local coastguard team were paged after a lady on the beach dialled 999 saying her dog had run into the sea and was not getting back. As the teams arrived on scene, the dog had come out of the water but was running on the sandbanks, so the coastguard member stopped the dog and the ILB crew assisted to get the dog back to its owner safe and sound. The teams got back to station at 1040.
…………………1859. The ILB and coastguards were tasked to another dog walker, this time at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. The dog was swimming out to sea and the owner was attempting to go in the water. The ILB launched, and was just off Robin Hood camp when UK coastguard at Holyhead reported the dog had self- recovered and all units were stood down, the ILB returning at 1918 to station.
22/3/2019. 2309. ILB paged for immediate readiness to launch for a person in the water off the Sky Tower in Rhyl, after being alerted to help the police and the police helicopter and coastguards in the search. After discussions, the UK coastguard asked the ILB to launch, and for the remaining crew to undertake a shore search around the area. The ILB launched, and was on scene in 3 minutes. The crew spotted a person with wet clothing on the promenade, and beached the ILB to investigate. The person then fell off a wall on the promenade area, and had obviously hurt themselves. The ILB crew then undertook casualty care, assisted by coastguards from Rhyl and Flint and our shore crew, to stabilise the casualty until the ambulance arrived and took over. The crew returned to station at 0039 the next day.
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.
4/1/2019. 2007. The ILB crew were paged by UK coastguard following reports of a person on upper structure of the blue bridge in Rhyl harbour. Coastguards from Rhyl were also paged. All units searched the harbour and the river Clwyd up to upstream of the railway bridge. Nothing was sighted and all units were stood down, the ILB returning to station at 2115.