D632 “Godfrey & Desmond Nall” Inshore Lifeboat – Services 2013

16/12/2013. 0308
The ILB was initially paged to a male in the water off Robin Hood camp, between Rhyl and Prestatyn, and police officers had lost sight of him in the water. The AWB was also paged to assist, together with local coastguards. The ILB launched and was on scene within 5 minutes of launching. The crew fired a white parachute flare, and police officers spotted the man face down in the water and waded in to get him. The ILB beached nearby and the man was taken into the boat together with a police officer. The AWB was stood down at this point, just about to launch. The man was showing signs of hypothermia and so he was transferred to a waiting ambulance at the boathouse. The ILB was rehoused at 0400.

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12/12/2013. 1001
ILB crew paged at request of Holyhead Coastguard had received a 999 call from a member of the public of a possible whale on the beach opposite the Nova centre, Prestatyn. The station officials decided to hold the launch until the local coastguard team arrived on scene. This was done, and the coastguards reported the object was a wooden groyne marker post which had been knocked down by the recent storms, the ebbing tide sluicing over the horizontal post making the public think it was the whale. The ILB was stood down at 1021. Classed as standby.


9/12/2013. 1452
Both boats were tasked by Holyhead Coastguard, to assist RSPCA inspectors and staff and local coastguards from Rhyl and Llandudno, to attempt to help a 10-metre Mimke whale, which had become stranded on Pensarn beach, Abergele. Crew members from both boats were ferried ashore and the assembled agencies then managed to turn the large mammal so it was facing the open sea, and finally managed to assist it to deeper water, where the lifeboats shepherded the whale even further out to sea.. The lifeboats were released from their task and returned to station at 1800.
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4/12/2013. 0200
The ILB was put on standby, and the lifeboat LandRover utilised as a coastguard vehicle, to search for a vulnerable elderly lady on Rhyl beach. A shoreline search was carried out from the Boathouse slipway to Splash Point. The AWB was also tasked on completion of it’s tasking at Kinmel Bay. The search continued until Holyhead coastguard reported that the lady had turned up back at her home, so all units were stood down around 0210. Classed as a standby for the ILB, and a shore-based service for the Landrover.
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20/10/2013. 1348
Liverpool coastguard received a 999 call about 3 youths up to their necks in water off Presthaven Sands camp, clinging to inflatables. They passed it to Holyhead coastguard who paged the ILB. The boat was on the water 6 minutes later and was on scene some 25 minutes after that. A quick search also with Rhyl mobile coastguard team could not find anyone on the beach, so the crew asked people on the beach with no results. The first informant then said they had seen the youths get out of the water than lost sight of them on the beach. A search between Talacre lighthouse and Prestatyn sailing club could not find anyone matching the description, and so the ILB was recovered at Prestatyn and returned to station by road at 1520.


15/10/2013. 2053
The crews were just starting to wash down after the normal; exercise. The boat was being brought up the slipway as the pagers were activated by Holyhead Coastguard. A motor cruiser on passage from Conwy to Rhyl, had suffered complete engine failure off Abergele, 4 miles to the west of the station. The AWB was launched within 5 minutes, and was on scene 12 minutes later. The cruiser with 2 people on board was drifting, and was taken in tow back to Rhyl. As the boat was approaching Rhyl harbour, the ILB was launched to act as a brake going into the harbour, and the vessel was safely moored on the outer pontoon. The AWB and ILB returned to station at 2250.
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1/9/2013. 1301
Both boats were launched just before the start of the second day of Rhyl Air Show, to assist a private small hovercraft, who had lost steering in the surf at Splash Point, to the east of the end of Rhyl promenade. The ILB was on scene first, and the hovercraft was just in the surf line, about 10 metres from shore, and was being washed over by the waves. The ILB crew helped the hovercraft crew get the vessel ashore, just as the AWB arrived. The ILB crew then came out to the AWB to transfer a portable pump to shore, where they successfully emptied the hovercraft so that the local beach Lifeguards could recover the craft on to it’s trailer, and tow it back to the boathouse. The AWB and ILB were then recovered and got back to station just as the show was starting at 1412.


30/8/2013. 1503
Rhyl ILB paged after Rhyl beach Lifeguards reported 2 males on the rock groyne at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The tide was coming in and flooding over the rocks faster than they could scramble back to the beach. The ILB was launched and was on scene in 4 minutes. The men were taken on board and returned safely to shore and waiting coastguards. The ILB started to return to base when at —

1528
The ILB was diverted after coastguards saw people on 2 inflatable rings off Kinmel Bay, being taken out to sea on the offshore breeze. The occupants left their rings and started swimming to shore. As the ILB arrived on scene, the occupants were safely ashore, but the inflatables were being swept out to sea. The ILB crew recovered the inflatables and returned to station at 1600.

2048
Both boats paged due to weather conditions – person in the water at Pensarn, Abergele. As the crew were assembling, Holyhead Coastguard reported the man was now in police custody, so both boats stood down at 2053. Classed as standby for both boats.


29/8/2013. 1701
Rhyl Beach lifeguards reported that 2 men were swimming out to sea after a dog, opposite Robin Hood camp, on the Rhyl-Prestatyn border, and were over 50m out with the tide still coming in. The ILB had launched and was just arriving on scene when the beach guards reported the men had made it back to the shallows, and the “dog” was actually a seal which had spooked the men! The ILB crew were stood down, returning to station at 1717.


26/8/2013. 1736
ILB requested to launch, but modified by coastguards to stand by, for people in an inflatable off Sunnyvale camp, Kinmel Bay, apparently being swept out to sea. As the crew were assembling, the local coastguard mobile confirmed all were safe ashore, and the wind was onshore, which blew them safely back to shore. The ILB was stood down at 1745.Classed as standby.


25/8/2013. 1516
The ILB was tasked to a broken-down Jetski at the harbour entrance. Whilst on route to this incident, the ILB was diverted (see below). On completion of the other tasking, the ILB returned to the Jetski and towed it back to Rhyl harbour slipway, returning to station at 1537.
Rhyl Harbour

1520
The ILB was diverted from the previous task to a male swimming in the harbour near to moving vessels. The ILB crew took him on board and returned him to the shore. The ILB crew then returned to the original tasking at 1525.
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21/8/2013. 1520
Both the ILB and AWB were launched after Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call regarding a small inflatable blowing offshore at Kinmel Bay. The ILB launched first, and came up on a small inflatable with no-one on board. The inflatable was some way off shore, and so both boats commenced a shoreline search to see if there was anyone in the water or if someone would wave from the shore. After half an hour, no-one had attracted the crews’ attention, so the search was called off as no-one had reported anyone missing. Classed as false alarm with good intent. Both boats returned to station at 1700.


18/8/2013. 0220
Both boats were launched to assist Rhyl coastguards and police search for a distressed male in the water between Rhyl and Prestatyn. As the ILB was launching, the coastguards saw the man in the water from the glare of a parachute flare, and were able to direct the ILB to the scene. The ILB crew assisted the coastguards to get the man from the water, just as the AWB arrived. The AWB stood off from the beach until the male was helped ashore, and helped to an ambulance. The male was transferred to the ambulance, and the ILB crew then returned to station, shadowed by the AWB. All units were back on station at 0315.


17/8/2013. 1346
Rhyl beach lifeguards and Rhyl coastguard team asked for the ILB to be placed on immediate readiness for an agitated male, who appeared to be very inebriated, and was going in and out of the sea near the entrance rock groyne to Rhyl harbour. Police were also called by the lifeguards, and they contacted the man on the beach and escorted him to safety on the promenade. the ILB was stood down at 1410. Classed as standby.


14/8/2013
Offshore wind and incoming tide provided problems for the maritime rescue services.

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ILB crew paged to a small inflatable with 1 person on it off Kinmel Bay, struggling to get back to shore. As the ILB was launching, the male decided to abandon the dinghy and swim ashore. The ILB arrived on scene, the man had made it safe ashore, and so the ILB crew recovered the inflatable, returning to shore at 1045.

1214
The ILB was launched to a male again in an inflatable dinghy off Kinmel Bay. The occupant had no oars and was being taken out to sea by the wind. He was taken on board and returned to coastguards ashore, where he was given safety advice. The ILB crew started for base at 1245.

1246
Rhyl beach lifeguards requested the ILB stand by as 2 persons were seen having difficulty wading through the mud by Rhyl harbour. The ILB crew made their way up the river entrance, and stood by as the 2 people made it safely ashore. The ILB then returned to station at 1255. The ILB then started a scheduled exercise in Rhyl harbour.

1414
As the ILB was returning to station, they were diverted to 2 children in an inflatable dinghy who were being taken out to sea off Rhyl. The ILB crew took the children on board, and returned to shore to the lifeguards. The ILB then continued on exercise.

1456
The ILB was launched to a kayak with 2 people on board, going round in circles off Sandy Cove. When the crew arrived ion scene, the occupants said they were having difficulty getting back to shore with the offshore breeze, but they were OK. The ILB crew stood by until the kayak was near the shore, then returned to station at 1507.


13/8/2013. 2010
The ILB crew were paged to assist Rhyl coastguards after a report of 2 males climbing over the upper parts of the Foryd blue bridge in Rhyl harbour. There were fears for their safety as the tide was nearly at low water and there was a lot of mud banks below the bridge should they fall. The crew and ILB proceeded by road and went to the harbour at the yacht club slipway, to get a better view from below the bridge. The crew started to search below the bridge and the coastguards searched the bridge approaches. After about 15 minutes, after interviewing people nearby, it was confirmed the youths had left the area safely and all units were stood down, the ILB returning to station at 2055.


10/8/2013. 1728
Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call regarding a wind surfer, sitting on his board about 1/2 mile out from Kinmel Bay. The crew were still there after the AWB shout previously, and so were afloat within 4 minutes of the page. The ILB arrived on scene to find the man had swum ashore, towing his board. He said he was trying a new board out, and was OK. The ILB then returned to station at 1748.


7/8/2013. 1146
The ILB crew were paged after it was reported to Holyhead Coastguard that there was a small fishing boat off Rhyl harbour, and the occupants were trying to paddle back to the harbour, but with little success. The ILB was launched, and was just coming alongside the boat when they managed to get their engine re-started, and then set off to get back to the harbour. This was achieved safely with the ILB escorting, and the ILB returned to station at 1215.


1/8/2013. 1453
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported a young male had come to them saying he had lost sight of his father whilst they were swimming in the sea. The lifeguards had started a search and the ILB crew were paged. As the crew got to the water’s edge, the lifeguards reported the man had come ashore safely, but the son had not seen him get out, so all was well. At the same time, there were many people on 2 or 3 sandbanks being cut off by the tide, so the ILB was tasked to investigate. They had just launched when all persons were reported getting back into shallow water, and so the lifeguards were left to get them out safely. The ILB crew returned to station at 1510.

1611
ILB crew paged to assist beach lifeguards and coastguards looking for a missing girl on Rhyl beach. The child had been missing for nearly an hour. The ILB conducted a shoreline search from the sea whilst the lifeguards and coastguards searched the beach area. The girl was found on the beach about 3/4 mile from her initial position, safe and well, and all units were stood down at 1641.


25/7/2013. 1333
The ILB was paged to launch to an inflatable dinghy with 2 children on board, who were being swept out to sea off Rhyl on an offshore breeze and an ebb tide. One of the local beach lifeguards had entered the water to calm them and try to get the dinghy back to shore. The ILB launched and was on scene in 2 minutes, taking the children, the lifeguard and the inflatable back to shore, safe and well. The ILB was back on station by 1400.
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22/7/2013. 0622
ILB crew paged to assist Rhyl and Flint mud rescue teams with a male stuck in the mud in the centre of Rhyl harbour. The ILB was taken by road and launched at the Yacht club slipway. The local coastguards had got the man on to a stretcher by the time the ILB crew arrived, and together the teams carried the man across the shallow water of the harbour to a waiting ambulance. The man was taken to hospital showing signs of being severely hypothermic. The ILB crew returned to station at about 0730.
Rhyl Harbour

0809
The ILB crew was again paged after Holyhead coastguard received a 999 call from a lady on the beach at Splash Point Rhyl, saying there was another lady face down in the water some 20 metres out. The ILB and local coastguards immediately responded and got the lady out of the water and immediately began resuscitation. This continued as the ambulance and police arrived and the lady was revived and transferred to hospital. The ILB returned to station at 0900. Brilliant team work between local coastguards and RNLI in the initial effort to begin resuscitation.
Rhyl RNLI


21/7/2013. 0507
ILB and local coastguards tasked to a report of a man swimming in the sea and disappearing. ILB crew assembled and took ILB and LandRover to a male who had just come out of the water, and apparently seemed inebriated. Man refused all offers to help him ashore, so the crew returned to station slowly, following as the man made his way off the beach. Local police on scene knew the person and he was taken into custody. ILB ready for service by 0530.


20/7/2013.1800
The crew were at the boathouse ready to go out on one of the crew’s own boats, when the beach lifeguards reported an adult and 2 small children cut off on the large sandbank off the boathouse. the children were up to their waists, and the lifeguards had gone across to try to get them back, but the water was too deep between the sandbank and the shore. the ILB launched within 2 minutes, and picked the casualties up and transferred them back to shore and to the boathouse, as the children were cold. No medical attention was required, and the children were soon recovered. the ILB was ready for service by 1810.


19/7/2013. 1241
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported a large metallic object in the water about 1/2 mile out from Splash Point Rhyl. The ILB was tasked and was on scene in 5 minutes. The object was large helium-filled balloon about 1 metre long. The ILB crew recovered the balloon and returned to station by 1300.


16/7/2013. 1338
Holyhead coastguard requested the launch of the ILB after 2 girls dialled 999 saying they were cut off by the incoming tide off Kinmel Bay. The ILB launched within 3 minutes as a crew was already at the boathouse, and was on scene 5 minutes later. The 2 girls were taken on board the ILB and returned to shore, safe and well. The ILB returned to station at 1410.


14/7/2013. 1035
The start of another busy day. The ILB was launched after a small leisure fishing boat reported engine failure off Rhyl. The boat was launched and went alongside the craft. There were 4 people on board, all wearing lifejackets, and they had an anchor down. As it was not possible to get into Rhyl harbour due to it being very nearly low tide, it was agreed that the AWB would launch later and tow the boat into Rhyl. The ILB returned to station at 1115.

1415
The ILB was re-launched to meet up with the AWB towing the casualty into Rhyl harbour. The boat had come under the non-operational new bridge in Rhyl harbour that morning, but the lifeboat was unable to get under. The ILB took over the tow in the harbour, and successfully put the boat and it’s 4 occupants back on their mooring. The ILB returned to station at 1517.

1523
Holyhead coastguard requested both boats to launch to a report from North Wales Police of a kayaker off Pensarn, with it’s occupant in the water. Just after the boats had launched, the police told the coastguard it was a hoax, but all units were so near the area, they continued. The ILB found a kayaker on the beach, and he said it was he who was in the water fooling around, and was sorry he had caused the emergency services to respond. This was definitely not a hoax call. All units returned to station by 1634.
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13/7/2013. 1054
The first of many calls for today, to 7 people cut off by the incoming tide off the boathouse. The ILB launched to them, but they refused assistance, and waded up to their waists to get back to shore. The ILB was returning at 1107, when it was diverted.

1107
The ILB was informed by Rhyl beach lifeguards that 2 adults and 1 child were wading out to the post marking the entrance to the river Clwyd off Rhyl, and the tide was already 50 metres behind them. The ILB launched, and took all 3 on board, returning them to shore by 1140.

1340
The next call was to a small day boat about 2 miles off the boathouse, which reported that both the main and auxiliary engines had failed. The ILB launched and towed the vessel and it’s 3 occupants back to Rhyl harbour. As the ILB was leaving the harbour —

1415
The ILB was tasked to search for a missing child off the Sky Tower, last seen in the water. After a short search involving Rhyl council beach lifeguards and Rhyl volunteer coastguards, the girl was found at the water’s edge safe and well.

1445
1 dinghy with 2 people on board was seen very near to the entrance to the harbour at Rhyl, close to the rock groyne, about 300 metres from the shore, having difficulty getting back. The ILB was launched and recovered the people and the dinghy back to shore, with some safety advice.

1452
ILB again launched to a missing child off the central promenade area in Rhyl, at the water’s edge. Child was found safe and well by lifeguards near the water some 5 minutes later.

1530
Council beach lifeguards at Prestatyn reported a missing child, last seen in the water off the Nova Centre Prestatyn. With the ILB on scene, a search was commenced, but soon after the lifeguards reported the child had been found safe and well further along the beach. ILB returned to station at 1600.
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11/7/2013. 1010
The mechanic’s attention was drawn by a member of the public, to a male and a dog, vut off by the tide about 250 metres from the boathouse, apparently oblivious to the tide filling in behind him. Holyhead Coastguard was consulted, and it was agreed the ILB should launch to get the man ashore. As the ILB was launching, the man noticed the tide behind him, and set off back to the shore some 100 metres behind him. The ILB came alongside him, but he refused assistance, instead he picked up his dog and started wading. For most of the time he was in water above his waist, but managed to get ashore soaking wet, his dog also. As no further assistance was required, the ILB left the man in the charge of the beach lifeguards, and returned to station by 1027.


10/7/2013. 1538
Prestatyn beach lifeguards reported a small inflatable with 2 people on board, struggling 400 metres out to get back to shore due to the ebbing tide. The ILB launched and was alongside 14 minutes later. The 2 were transferred to the ILB and returned with the inflatable to the local coastguards on shore.

The ILB was just getting ready to return, at

1601
Another inflatable with 1 person on board was spotted some 200 metres out further along the beach. The occupant was going round in circles and was not making any progress to the shore. The ILB proceeded, recovered the person , and returned to shore. The occupant had paddled out into the shipping lane, but was struggling to get back. The ILB again delivered the person to the coastguards and then returned to station by 1625.
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7/7/2013. 1100
The start of a very busy day for both boats, with the tide out for most of the day, and glorious sunshine, the beaches were crowded and the sea was packed with leisure craft.

1100
Rhyl beach lifeguards requested the launch of the ILB to 2 Jet Skis who were going along the coastline, inside the limit of the lifeguarded safe area of Rhyl beach. The ILB crew managed to attract them and inform them of the 300 metre limit around swimming areas of the beach. The ILB returned to station at 1118.

1345
The ILB was launched to a Jet Ski taking in water off Prestatyn. The AWB was on another job, but was also diverted due to the nature of the call. Both boats arrived on scene at the same time to find the Jet Ski had been taken in tow by a speedboat, but this was not able to make headway, so they had anchored to await the lifeboat. Once the ILB crew had taken over the incident, the AWB was released to it’s previous tasking. The ILB took over the tow and recovered the Jet Ski and it’s owner back to their launch point.
Prestatyn

1550
The ILB crew were tasked to stand by as Rhyl coastguards and lifeguards went to 2 people stuck in the mud near the harbour. As the ILB crew were kitting up, the local volunteer coastguards reported all persons were now safe and well and no assistance required by the RNLI. ILB stood down at 1555, classed as standby.

1700
The ILB was taken by road to Rhyl harbour after reports of 2 small children swimming in Rhyl harbour. Although the tide was out, there are many pools left in the harbour, and there are still major construction works being undertaken within the harbour and river area. The crew got on scene together with lifeguards and coastguards, and found the children at the water’s edge. They had become separated from their families, but were reunited with the coastguards’ help. The ILB returned to station at 1735.

1756
ILB crew paged to launch to a missing child, last seen in the water at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. Just as the ILB was launching, Holyhead Coastguard reported that the child had been found safe and well on the shoreline and was transferred to Rhyl coastguard team.

The whole day was a great team effort between the various council lifeguard, coastguard and RNLI agencies to keep Rhyl beach safe for visitors.


6/7/20132. 1309
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported a dinghy with 2 children on board, having difficulty returning to shore due to the ebbing tide off the Sky Tower at Rhyl. The ILB was launched and went alongside the dinghy, and escorted the 2 back to the shallows. As all was well, the ILB returned to station at 1315.

1320
The ILB was launched to help coastguards and lifeguards look for a missing girl off the children’s village at Rhyl. The crew were launching when the coastguards reported the child had been found. The ILB was requested to patrol the beach at Rhyl for a short while after, as the coastguards had received numerous calls and were checking to see if they all related to the one incident. the ILb was recovered at 1400.


1/7/2013. 1413
Holyhead Coastguard paged to launch ILB to assist Rhyl beach lifeguards, going to a male threatening self-harm on an outer sandbank off Rhyl beach. The tide was coming in and the ILB was asked to provide safety cover from the sea side. As the coastguard was just about to page for the ILB crew, the lifeguards reported the man was now in their vehicle, having been brought from the water by the lifeguards. The man was brought to the boathouse where the crew who had assembled, helped him into the kit room to warm up and await an ambulance and police at 1419.. Classed as standby.


29/6/2013. 1329
ILB crew paged to assist Rhyl beach lifeguards with 2 males cut off by the incoming tide, on a sandbank off the boathouse. As the crew were assembling, the lifeguards had managed to assist the 2 off the sandbank. They were very wet but OK, so the ILB was stood down. Classed as standby.


20/6/2013. 0508
ILB crew paged to assist police with a female threatening self-harm in the water off the Sky tower at Rhyl. As the ILB was going down the slipway, Holyhead Coastguard reported the person was safe ashore and in police custody. The ILB was stood down at 0512. Classed as standby.

1914
ILB crew paged after a local charter fishing boat skipper reported a 24-feet speedboat apparently having some difficulty after striking the rock groynes at the entrance to Rhyl Harbour. The ILB launched and came alongside the speedboat, moored to a yacht in the middle of the harbour. The people on the boat stated that they were alright, and the speedboat had struck the rocks, but they had power and steerage. On leaving the harbour, the crew were alerted to a kayak apparently abandoned on the beach. The local coastguards had been reported of the matter, and until further information was forthcoming, the ILB crew returned to station at 2040.

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Both boats’ pagers were activated to assume a search for the missing kayaker. The vessel had been on Rhyl beach over 24 hours, and the owner was not around. As the boats were coming out of the boathouse, Holyhead Coastguard reported that the owner had been traced to a local B & B house. He had not informed the coastguard he had been going round the coast on a charity event, but had decided to stop the event due to back problems. As all was well, both boats were stood down at 2122.


16/6/20013. 1552
Both boats paged to search for a missing child off Presthaven sands caravan camp, Talacre. As the crews were assembling, the coastguard reported the child had been found safe and well. Classed as standby. Stood down at 1555.


10/6/2013. 2109
The ILB was requested to launch after Holyhead coastguard received 999 calls regarding a small vessel off the boathouse, with possible persons in difficulty, flashing lights. The ILB arrived on scene, and found a small boat with 2 people on board, happily fishing. As all was well, the ILB returned to station at 2128.


8/6/2013. 1414
ILB crew paged to assist coastguards and beach lifeguards searching for a missing 3-year old child off the boathouse. The ILB was just launching when the coastguard reported the child had been found safe and well. The ILB returned to station at 1420.


7/6/2013. 0022
North Wales police requested ILB launch to assist them recovering a male in Rhyl harbour. As the crew were kitting up, the police reported the man was in their custody, and the ILB was stood down at 0027. Classed as standby.


6/6/2013. 1943
Rhyl coastguard team at their station by the boathouse, reported there were 4 people cut off by the tide just off the boathouse. Holyhead Coastguard immediately paged the ILB, but as there were CG members already in dry suits for a training session, their members ran 200m down the beach. 1 of the coastguards then escorted the people through waist-deep water to safety. The ILB was stood down at 1946.


2/6/2013. 1759
ILB crew paged with local coastguards, after Holyhead coastguard had a report of a man in a small dinghy, apparently with engine problems, drifting upstream, under the railway bridge about 1/4 mile upstream from Rhyl harbour. The ILB crew arrived on scene, and the man explained he was drifting, waiting for 2 kayakers who were coming downstream from the Rhuddlan area. He intended to return to Rhyl about 1 hour later. As all was well, the ILB returned to station by 01835.


26/5/2013. 1305
The crew at the boathouse were informed of a large object in the sea at Rhyl, catching the sun occasionally, but drifting out to sea on the ebb tide. The ILB was launched and alongside the object in 5 minutes, which proved to a large helium balloon with reflective tape around it. The “Casualty” was taken on board and the ILB returned to station at 1316, totally deflated!


18/5/2013. 1752
Both boats launched to 2 vessels in difficulty on the rock groyne at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. the first power vessel had engine failure, and a yacht had gone to their aid, but had caught the rocks and lost the rudder, resulting in the both boats going over the rock groyne and being in danger of being washed ashore. The ILB launched first and established a tow on the yacht to take it clear of the rocks and the shore. The AWB followed up, and arrived on scene to find the power vessel’s crew had restarted the engine and it was making it’s way back round the groyne to Rhyl harbour. The ILB continued the tow until there was sufficient water for the AWB to take up the tow. this was successfully completed and the yacht and it’s 5 passengers were towed safely back to Rhyl harbour. Once it was established that both casualties were safe, the lifeboats returned to station at 2000. The picture taken from the AWB shows the ILB towing the yacht to deeper water, with the power vessel entering the harbour.
Rhyl RNLI


15/5/2013. 0430
Both boats requested to launch to a person threatening self-harm in the water off the Sky Tower at Rhyl. As the crew were assembling, Holyhead Coastguard reported the ambulance service had the person in their vehicle and so all units were stood down. Classed as standby.


6/5/2013. 1310
ILB crew paged to assist Rhyl coastguards with person stuck in mud off Palace Avenue, Rhyl West. A crew was already at the boathouse, so the boat was mustered quickly. On arriving on scene, the person was found to be out of the mud, recovered by the coastguards, so the ILB crew returned to station. Classed as shore-based service only.


5/5/2013. 2014
ILB crew paged after Holyhead Coastguard were contacted by North Wales Fire & Rescue, after they told the coastguard the Rhyl appliance was going to a person trapped in the mud on the bank of the river Clwyd,, just past the railway bridge at Rhyl, about 1/4 mile upstream. The ILB launched and Rhyl mud rescue Coastguard team were tasked, the ILB arriving on scene some 8 minutes after paging. There was no sign of any persons stuck in the mud, but Holyhead coastguard received a message from the Fire & Rescue service, saying the person had been recovered by rope by the fire appliance crew. The coastguard and lifeboat teams were then stood down, the ILB returning to station at 2050.


20/4/2013. 1537
ILB crew paged to go to 1 adult, 3 children and 1 dog trapped on a sandbank off Rhyl by the incoming tide. The ILB launched across the gutter and recovered the party back to shore. As all were safe and well, the ILB returned to station at 1600.


11/4/2013. 2234
Rhyl ILB crew was paged, together with Rhyl coastguard teams, to assist 5 people stuck on the rock groyne marking the entrance to Rhyl harbour, as the incoming tide was threatening to engulf them. One of the party had fallen on the rocks and had damaged his leg. The ILB crew and coastguards arrived on scene and made their way through thick mud with the boat and then launched the boat to get to the rocks, due to the incoming tide. The injured person was given first aid on site and then transported over the rocks to the waiting boat. The rescue helicopter from RAF Valley had also been tasked, and landed on the sands as the ILB returned to Rhyl beach. The injured person was taken on to the helicopter and transferred to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, and the other casualties were transferred to the care of the coastguards. A very muddy ILB crew and coastguards returned to their stations around 2205.


7/4/2013. 1032
As the crew were exercising in the Rhyl harbour area, members of the public drew their attention to 3 people in a small yacht tender, trying to make their way through the harbour against the ebb tide, and finding it very difficult. The ILB crew came alongside the tender, and the 3 people were transferred to the lifeboat. The tender was taken in tow, and the casualties were taken back to the Yacht club slipway and safely ashore. The ILB crew then carried on with their original exercise at 1055.


9/2/2013. 2310
North Wales police reported to Holyhead Coastguard that they had discovered a male in the water, walking out to sea off the Seaquarium by the boathouse. Both boats and local coastguards were tasked but as the crew were assembling, the police reported they had entered the water to get the man back, and he was now in police custody. All units were stood down at 2315. Classed as standby for both boats.

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