23/11/2014. 1115

Whilst the ILB was on exercise, Holyhead Coastguard reported that a speedboat in the harbour had broken down, and had managed to get on a mooring, but required assistance. The ILB proceeded, and found the owner needed to get the boat back to the slipway in the harbour. The ILB then towed the boat back to the slipway, and returned to station at 1207.

19/11/2014. 0159
The ILB crew were paged after Holyhead Coastguard requested launch for a despondent female off the Seaquarium. It was nearly low water, so the coastguard also asked if the shore crew could assist the ILB, police and local coastguards with a shoreline search. The ILB launched and almost immediately found the woman in shallow water. She was persuaded to get into the ILB and return to shore after a short period of time. She was taken back to the boathouse in the ILB together with local police, and transported by the police from the station just after 0240. The ILB was ready for service at 0245.

23/10/2014. 1906
The ILB crew were paged to assist North Wales police and local coastguards stand by at the Blue Bridge in Rhyl harbour, for a male who had threatened self-harm. The ILB and crew proceeded by road to the harbour, and stood by for about 25 minutes. After that time, the police informed all units the male had been found elsewhere, so they were stood down at approximately 1940. Classed as a standby.

6/10/2014. 1136
Holyhead Coastguard contacted the boathouse regarding an 8ft dinghy drifting out from the harbour to the open sea. The ILB was requested to investigate. The ILB was launched and came to the dinghy about 200m out from the shore. There were no signs of recent occupation, so the dinghy was towed back to the yacht club where it was identified by the harbour master as being a tender to a local yacht. The dinghy was secured and returned to station by 1210.

23/9/2014. 1101
AWB pagers set off after a Jet skier found an abandoned dinghy with a fishing rod, flip flop and bottle of coke in it, about 3 miles off Rhyl. The boat launched and met up with the Jet skier and took the dinghy on board. Holyhead coastguard requested the AWB and ILB to search the local area, together with nearby wind farm boats and the RAF helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey. A comprehensive search was carried out over a large area for several hours. as no-one had been reported missing, the search was called off by Holyhead Coastguard and the lifeboat was released to return to station, getting off Rhyl at 1505.

19/9/2014. 1622
ILB crew paged after 2 adults and a dog were seen cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank off the boathouse. They had tried to cross the gulley back to shore, but had turned back as it was up to their waists. The ILB launched and was with them within 1 minute. They were taken on board the ILB and returned to the boathouse where they and the dog dried off and returned to their holiday camp.

16/9/2014. 1529
ILB crew paged to assist a Personal Water craft (Jetski) which had broken down at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. One person had swam ashore to raise the alarm. The ILB crew arrived on scene about 4 minutes later, and the Jetski was towed back to the launching slipway in the harbour. The ILB returned to station at 1605.

5/9/2014. 1835
The ILB crew were paged to launch by Holyhead Coastguard to 2 kayakers, 1 of whom were in the water and apparently in difficulty off Pensarn, Abergele. Rhyl coastguard team were also tasked. As the boat was coming out of the boathouse, Holyhead Coastguard reported that a member of the public has swam out to the kayaker and assisted them ashore, so the ILB was not now required. ILB was stood down at 1845.

The ILB pagers were activated by Holyhead Coastguard for a report of another kayaker apparently waving off Barkby Beach Prestatyn, some 8 miles from the first incident. The ILB was asked to standby at station as Rhyl coastguard were diverted to the new incident. Holyhead coastguard then reported that the kayaker was fishing and was OK, so the ILB was stood down at 1900. Both incidents were classed as standbys.

The crew were paged yet again as the first informant on the previous job reported to Rhyl coastguard team that the kayaker was actually 250m off Splash Point, Rhyl. The ILB crew assembled and were just about to launch when Rhyl coastguard reported they had made contact with the kayaker and he was now paddling in, and was about 50 off shore. The ILB was stood down at 1935. Yet another standby.

3/9/2014. 0105
The ILB was paged; and half an hour later the AWB was paged; to support police who had reported a male leaving an accident near the town centre, running on to the beach, and into the water. Local coastguard teams from Rhyl and Flint were also tasked. Both boats searched the River Clwyd into Rhyl harbour. It was thought that the male could be hiding in the voids around the rock groyne marking the river entrance. The ILB crew found an article of clothing on the estuary bank, and this was confirmed as being from the male. After about 1 hour’s searching, including using parachute flares, fresh footprints were spotted coming out of the water and going towards a local holiday camp. After a further period of time, police determined the person was now ashore, and both boats were stood down, returning to station at 0345.

2/9/2014. 1334
ILB crew paged to launch to assist Rhyl coastguard team and ambulance personnel with a lady having an asthma attack at Presthaven sands on the beach, and the tide was coming in. The crew were about 1/2 mile away when the coastguard team reported they had managed to get the lady up the beach to the ambulance crew. The ILB was stood down and retuned to station at 1412.

31/8/2014. 1645
The ILB was put on immediate readiness after Rhyl Coastguard team were tasked to a male on the rocks of the revetment wall at Rhyl harbour. The ILB was stood down after the coastguards reported the man safe and well on the beach. Stood down at 1655. Classed a a standby.

18/8/2014. 1336
ILB crew paged to assist beach lifeguards with 2 adults and 4 children trapped on a sandbank off Rhyl central by the incoming tide. The lifeguard had waded across the gulley to keep the party calm until the lifeboat arrived. All were taken into the boat and then they were taken to the boathouse for a check-up and warm-up. no medical attention required. ILB returned to station at 1403.

12/8/2014. Our temporary station D-Class ILB D700 “Bobby’s Boat” has been taken back to re-join the relief fleet and her replacement is a brand new IB1 D770 “Mary Maxwell”. 

7/8/2014. 2008
Rhyl coastguards, who were exercising by their centre, had a message from the public to say a speedboat with both adults and children on board, had broken down off Kinmel Bay, about 1 mile west of the station. The ILB launched and was on scene within 5 minutes to find the people in the boat trying to paddle it ashore. The occupants said that the engine had been faulty but was OK now, and they intended to go back out to sea. They did not require assistance, and so the ILB was stood down by Holyhead Coastguard, returning to station at 2030.

4/8/2014. 1548
ILB crew paged after Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call reporting 2 elderly people wading into the sea near Talacre Lighthouse, about 7 miles East of the station. The ILB launched and also Rhyl local coastguard team were mobilised. The ILB got on scene some 15 minutes later, and were able to contact the first informant, who said the people were going in and out of the water, but were now departing the scene, going back over the sand dunes. The ILB conducted a short shoreline search with the coastguards, but the people had long gone. It seemed that they were of Asian origin and had been conducting some sort of ritual washing in the sea. As there was no need for the ILB on scene, they returned to station, checking out a small day boat on the way back. As all was well, the ILB crew returned to station at 1700.

30/7/20147. 1206
ILB paged for immediate launch after the lifeguards at Prestatyn Barkby beach called for back-up to their lifeguard entering the water primarily to a young child swept off their feet in the surf and getting out of their depth. There were also 2 other children in difficulty in the same area. The ILB was launched within 3 minutes and proceeded to the beach some 4 miles to the East of the station. Rhyl local coastguards and ambulance were also proceeding. The beach lifeguards had managed to get the casualties back to the beach when the ILB arrived on scene, and all agencies helped to get the initial casualty and parents to the ambulance, and the others back to their families . Weather conditions on scene with heavy surf and north-westerly winds meant a very rough trip back for the ILB crew, so the trailer was taken by LandRover by road to Barkby; the ILB recovered there; and returned to station by road at 1306.

Rhyl beach lifeguards reported a PWC (personal Water Craft – Jetski) broken down in Rhyl harbour, and drifting under the new pedestrian footbridge. There were crew at the boathouse at the time and the ILB was launched within 3 minutes. The crew made their way to the harbour and found the Jetski with it’s occupant, wedged against the harbour railings. The crew then towed the Jetski back to it’s launch point in the harbour. The ILB returned to station at 1540.

Both boats were launched after a member of the public spotted a wind surfer about 1.5 miles out from Llandulas, sitting on his board for some time. The local Rhyl coastguard was also tasked. The ILB came up on the man, now about 1 mile out. He was taken on board the ILB but wanted to bring his board back. This was too much for the ILB crew, and so the AWB carried on and rendezvoused with the ILB. The man and his board and sail were taken on board the AWB from the ILB, and taken to within 200m of the shore from where the man started off. The ILB then ferried the man and his equipment ashore to waiting coastguards. The boats then returned to station, arriving at 2020.

28/7/20147. 1355
ILB launched to broken down speedboat off Splash Point Rhyl with 2 adults and 2 children on board. The crew took the vessel in tow and towed it back to Rhyl harbour, returning to station at 1510.
Press release

The Lifeboat Operations manager and senior crews’ pagers were set off by Holyhead Coastguard after reports of 3 people in the sea apparently in difficulty off Rhyl promenade. As the Operations manager was about to alert the crew, the coastguard heard that all were now safely ashore, and the ILB was not needed. Classed as standby.

2nd day of Rhyl Beach Fest

Rhyl harbour master reported to Holyhead coastguard that a small speedboat had just launched in Rhyl harbour, but was not able to start their outboard. The crew were tasked and were on scene in 5 minutes. The boat and it’s 2 occupants were towed back to the launching slipway and the ILB returned to station at 1138.

The ILB crew were tasked on the request of Rhyl beach lifeguards to assist in the search for 2 missing children off Rhyl beach. The children were found safe and well near the sea after about 1/2 hour by the lifeguards. The ILB returned to station at 1620.

Rhyl Beach Fest weekend – sand sculptures, volleyball, foot volleyball, demonstrations and sea safety items, music in the Events Arena, etc. A busy day for the Rhyl RNLI volunteers.

ILB paged to 3swimmers at the entrance to Rhyl harbour, endangering themselves as the charter fishing boats returned to harbour. Just on getting to the water’s edge, Rhyl beach guard reported the 3 had come ashore, and so the launch was cancelled at 1406. Classed as standby.

ILB crew requested to launch to escort a male off the rocks marking the entrance to the River Clwyd. Even though the tide was going out, the male looked like he was going to go in the river. The ILB crew went up river to the man, and persuaded him to get into the boat to return to the beach. The man was over 250m out on the rocks, and so he agreed to be returned to shore. As the crew were dropping him off at 1538, they got another call.

Holyhead Coastguard requested the ILB go to Prestatyn Nova Centre area, as a Jetski and a powerboat were getting very near to the swimmers. The ILB came on scene, and advised the boaters to keep clear of the swimmers and go further out to sea. Once this was done, the crew returned to station at 1610.

25/7/2014. 1742
ILB crew paged to assist Rhyl Beach guards and local coastguards for a missing child at Barkby Beach, Prestatyn.2 minutes after the pagers, the child was found and the launch cancelled. Classed as standby.

A member of Rhyl coastguard team noticed 9 people ( adults and 4 children) wading back to the shore off Palace Avenue Rhyl. They were out beyond 1 sandbank, but the incoming tide had flooded a second gulley in front of them and so they were now about 200 metres out from the shore. The children were rapidly getting out of their depth, and so the ILB was paged. The boat launched and was with the party within 4 minutes. By this time, the adults were carrying the children and were themselves up to their waists in water. All 9 were taken on board the ILB and ferried ashore through the gulleys. The ILB returned to station by 2008.

23/7/2014. 1816
ILB launched 4 minutes after the pagers had alerted the crew. A woman at Towyn had dialled 999 after her son had got out of his depth swimming with another person, and was struggling to get to shore. As the ILB crew arrived on scene, the 2 people involved had managed to scramble ashore, scared but otherwise OK. A quick check by a crew member showed everyone was safe and well, and the ILB arrived on station at 1855.

ILB crew paged for a small inflatable with an outboard engine failed off the old lifeboat house at Llandulas. The location was over 25-mins run for the ILB. On scene, Rhyl local coastguard team directed the crew to the dinghy, which was now on the shore. The occupant was asked if all was OK, and he confirmed he had engine failure, but had managed to row ashore. All now being well, the ILB crew returned to station by 2215.

22/7/2014. 1326
ILB requested to launch after Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call regarding a kiteboard abandoned off Kinmel Bay. There were other kitesurfers in the general area, and it was thought one of them had lost their board. The ILB launched, and Rhyl local coastguard team went to Kinmel Bay. The units searched from Rhyl to Towyn but nothing was found. after about 1 hour’s searching, all units were stood down, the incident classed as a false alarm with good intent. The ILB returned to station at 1445.

15/7/2014. 2101
The ILB crew were just finishing an exercise and had put the boat in the boathouse, when the pagers went off. Holyhead Coastguard had received a 999 call regarding what the person thought was a powered kite operator come down very low over the west of the beach, and did not see him again. The ILB was asked to go to the water’s edge near the area until Rhyl coastguards found out from the first informant exactly what they had seen. After a thorough search of the area where the kiter was seen to come down, further enquiries on the opposite side of the River Clwyd found the kiter safe and well. as no-one else was reported in danger, the ILB and coastguards were stood down at 2130. Classed as a standby.

3/7/2014. 1510
The ILB was requested to launch, and the AWB put on standby, to assist Rhyl coastguard team and RAF Rescue 122 helicopter winchman, after a woman was pulled out of the water unconscious at Towyn / Pensarn. The ILB arrived on scene just as the helicopter reported they were low on fuel and needed to refuel at Bodelwyddan police helicopter base. The ILB crew assisted coastguards and the helicopter winchman in first aid, and administering oxygen from the ILB kit. Once the helicopter arrived back on scene, the woman was taken aboard with the ILB crew’s oxygen kit, and took the lady to hospital. The ILB crew then returned to station at 1630.

1/7/2014. 1032
The crew were the boathouse when they spotted 3 adults and 2 small children, cut off by the incoming tide off the boathouse. The family of 2 adults and 2 children were wading back through a deep gutter which was up to the adults’ waists, and they were carrying their children. Holyhead Coastguard were informed and they requested the ILB to attend. The crew and ILB went to the waters edge to the family, who were now relatively safe in shallow water, but the 1 remaining adult was still on the sandbank. The ILB launched and got to the man and recovered him ashore. The family of 4 were all wet but were safe and all required no further assistance. The ILB crew returned to station at 1040.

17/6/2014. 1210
ILB crew paged on request of Rhyl Beach Lifeguards to an elderly male getting back to shore on the rock groyne out from Rhyl harbour. The man was about 250m out, but was able to scramble over the rocks back to the lifeguards who escorted him back safely to shore as the ILB crew were assembling. ILB stood down at 1217. Classed as standby.

14/6/20014. 1232
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported to Holyhead Coastguard that a small boat had broken down off the Sky Tower at Rhyl, and a boat that had gone to it’s aid was making little progress with a tow. The ILB launched and took over the tow, taking the boat back into Rhyl harbour. Once the boat was safely recovered, the ILB returned to station at 1308.

12/6/2014. 1135
Both boats were launched after a 10m wooden private fishing boat suffered engine problems coming out of Rhyl harbour. The ILB launched first and succeeded in getting a tow on the boat, but the ebb tide proved too strong to tow the boat back into the harbour, and so the AWB took over the tow, safely delivering the vessel and it’s 2 occupants to the outer pontoon in Rhyl harbour. the service was completed by 1225, and the boats returned to station by 1305.

6/6/2014. 1627
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported to Holyhead Coastguard that a kite surfer had beached on a sandbank near the entrance to Rhyl harbour, and appeared fatigued. The coastguard paged the crew, who were already assembling for an exercise. The ILB was launched within 3 minutes, and came up to the man on a sandbar known as Horton’s nose. The man had actually lost the wind, and couldn’t get his kite airborne, so he was taken with his equipment back to the boathouse, near to where he started from. The ILB was ready for service at 1645.

5/6/2014. 1425
Rhyl beach lifeguards reported that there were 4 people on the rock wall marking the river Clwyd entrance to Rhyl harbour, apparently cut off by the incoming tide. The ILB crew were paged but just as the boat was coming out of the boathouse, the lifeguards reported the party had scrambled back over the rocks to safety. The ILB was stood down at 1436. Classed as a standby.

Both boats were at Rhyl harbour for the harbour Open day. The crew were watching a small Rigid inflatable boat with 3 on board, who had taken a larger fishing boat off it’s mooring, and were trying to tow the fishing boat to the quay wall. The incoming tide proved too much for the RIB, and the fishing boat made contact with the blue bridge central support, and became wedged under the bridge parapet. The AWB was put on standby, and the ILB was quickly launched and arrived within 1 minute. The crew on the RIB had succeeded in freeing the boat from the bridge, and were slowly towing the boat to the quay wall. The ILB crew stood by and assisted with mooring the craft, and then returned to the harbour celebrations at 1227.

30/5/2014. 0106
The ILB crew were paged to a female threatening to jump off the Blue Bridge in Rhyl harbour. As the boat was just launching, Holyhead Coastguard reported the person was now in police custody. The ILB returned to station at 0116.

Both boats brought to immediate readiness for a capsized Kayaker off Pensarn, Abergele. Original reports to Holyhead Coastguard had put the kayaker about 1 mile out, but subsequent 999 calls said the man was closer inshore. The man had managed to get ashore safely and both boats were stood down at 1535.

17/5/2014. 1513
A Dory-type small boat with 3people on board called the Rhyl harbour master to say his boat had broken down, 1/4 mile off the end perch at Rhyl. The boat also displayed a distress signal. The mechanic who was at the station contacted Holyhead Coastguard, and the pagers were activated. The ILB was launched within 3 minutes and proceeded to the vessel. in the meantime, a charter fishing vessel passing by had attached a tow to the casualty vessel. The ILB crew then stood by until all vessels were safely in Rhyl harbour. The casualty vessel had to then go back under the blue bridge, and so the ILB took up a tow and brought the vessel to shore where it had launched from. The ILB returned to station at 1550.

Both boats were launched after a windfarm support vessel returning to the port of Mostyn recovered an empty inflatable with an oar and a used can of beer inside. The boats proceeded to search about a mile offshore between Prestatyn and Talacre and on the exposed parts of the North Hoyle bank offshore. Rhyl local coastguard team was also alerted, and proceeded to the Point of Air to check with people on the beach if they had seen anything. As the boats were nearing the Point of Air lighthouse, Rhyl coastguards reported they had spoken to a group of youths near the lighthouse, and they had admitted the inflatable was theirs. They had been out in the dinghy, and had got into trouble, being swept out to sea. They left the dinghy and swam ashore, 1 of the youths having great difficulty doing this. the coastguards asked if all were well and accounted for, and the party said they were all OK. The search was called off, both of Rhyl’s boats returning to station at 1900. The local coastguards gave the party a strict lecture on sea safety, and then returned back to Rhyl.

19/4/2014. 1448
Both boats were called out to assist with a speedboat about 2 miles off Rhyl. The 5 anglers on the boat were well equipped, but had suffered engine failure on the main and auxiliary engines. The AWB launched first and met up with the casualty, who was at anchor. The 5 anglers were transferred to the lifeboat and a crew member was put aboard the casualty. A tow was set up back to Rhyl harbour. On arriving at the harbour, the tow was transferred to the ILB back to the public slipway in the harbour. The AWB landed the 5 anglers at the inner pontoon in the harbour. Once all was safe, the lifeboats returned to station at 1700.

16/4/2014. 1146
The crew at the boathouse saw an inflatable boat with 2 males on board, having trouble with their outboard engine, just off the entrance marker perch at Rhyl harbour. Holyhead Coastguard were informed and the pagers were set off. The ILB was on scene in 4 minutes, and took the 2 males on board the ILB, and towed the vessel back to the harbour. The ILB returned to station at 1214.

4/4/2014. 1744
ILB crew paged after Holyhead Coastguard received numerous 999 calls regarding a male in the water between Rhyl and Prestatyn, fully clothed. The ILB launched quickly and managed to get the man on board the lifeboat and return him to the station, where an ambulance was waiting. the man was transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital

Our station ILB D-632 was replaced by relief IB1 D-700. It is envisaged that D-632 will not return to Rhyl, as we are due to receive a new station IB1 around August 2014.

27/2/2014. 0102
The ILB crew were paged to complete a search for a despondent male around the Rhyl harbour area, to support police and local coastguards. As the tide was ebbing, there was only a short time before it would not be possible to use the boat. The ILB was taken by road and launched at Rhyl Yacht club slipway. A search both sides of the Foryd (blue) bridge, and also a thorough search around all the boats in the harbour, revealed nothing. The ILB crew were then told by Holyhead Coastguard at 0230 to return to station. As the crew were driving back over the blue bridge, they noticed a male standing on the bridge. He matched the description given to Holyhead coastguard by the police, and so the local coastguard teams were informed of the man’s presence on the bridge. Local police officers also attended and escorted the man off the bridge. The ILB crew returned to station and were ready for service at 0238.

23/2/2014. 2215
The ILB crew were paged to provide safety cover for local coastguard mud rescue team who had gone to assist police with a woman clinging to a mooring buoy opposite Rhyl Yacht club in the harbour. The tide was nearly at low water and so the ILB was taken by road to the yacht club slipway. Coastguards were already on scene and the police had managed to get near to the woman through the fast-flowing river. The coastguard mud rescue team effected a safe rescue of the woman and, assisted by the ILB crew and police , transported her from the mud to the ambulance. The ILB crew then returned to the mud to help recover police personnel. The crew were back on station by 2255.

12/1/2014. 1027
The ILB crew were paged after reports were given to Holyhead Coastguard, of a fully-clothed male in the water off Kinmel Bay. The crew were already on station for the normal Sunday morning, so the ILB was launched within 3 minutes. On the way to the scene, Holyhead Coastguard reported the man had been persuaded out of the water, and so the ILB was stood down, returning to station at 1045.

3/1/2014. 1200
Holyhead Coastguard phones the boathouse as Silver flood Control had contacted them to say that there were people in the water ignoring advice from Coastguards and police to get out due to the exceptional high tides and tidal surge with severe flood warnings in place. The Flood rescue teams were already deployed. This was not a flood callout so the ILB crew were dispatched by road with extra crew to assist if necessary on shore. The ILB was taken out of the boathouse which was about 150mm deep with the tidal surge and large waves. The crew then set out for Talacre by road. Before they got there, the local police and coastguards had persuaded everyone out of the water and so the crew returned to station by 1230.
Video of sea coming into boathouse
Rhyl high tide