2/5/2021.1145. The AWB was launched to assist a local boat which had suffered fuel bug problems about 10 miles north-West of Rhyl. As there were no other local boats in the vicinity, the AWB was requested and proceeded to the position of the boat. A tow was established back to Rhyl and the boat was safely back in the harbour at 1500. The AWB returned to station at 1520.
26/4/2021. 1338. AWB brought to immediate readiness to support the ILB in recovering a broken-down speedboat off Kinmel bay. The ILB could cope with the small vessel, so the AWB was stood down at 1350. Classed as a standby.
23/4/2021.1944. Both boats paged to assist Llandudno boats in a search for an overdue windsurfer between Rhos point and Pensarn. As the crews were arriving at the boathouse, the coastguard received a message from a member of the public, stating the person had come ashore at Sandy Cove, well but tired. All boats were stood down at 1947. Classed as a standby.
Update to service of 29/1/2021. Sadly, the bodies of the 3 fishermen were discovered on beaches between West Kirby and Blackpool some 3 weeks later. The vessel also has been located , sunk to the north of Rhos-on-Sea. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the three crew of the ‘Nicola Faith’ RIP.
21/2/2021.1345. The crew were recovering the AWB on a sandbank after an exercise. The incoming tide had surrounded the bank when the head launcher noticed a group of children on the sandbank far end, who were hesitant about crossing the gulley back to safety. They were brought to the AWB and put on board after the boat was back on the launching unit. They were then ferried back to safety on the unit. They were all safely ashore by 1355.
2/2021.2254. Both boats paged to assist with a police incident in the water at Pensarn. The ILB launched and was en route when Holyhead Coastguard reported the incident was concluded. The AWB had got to the water’s edge and was stood down. Classed as standby for the AWB.
1/2/2021.1417. AWB launched to investigate numerous reports of objects in the water between Rhyl and Rhos-on-Sea. Lots of items and logs found, but these were not linked to the missing vessel . The AWB returned to station at 1715.
31/1/2021. 1531. Both boats launched to reports from members of the public about objects floating in the water between Colwyn Bay and Talacre. Both boats searched the area shown for nearly 3 hours, and some unknown fishing gear was recovered. The boats returned to station at 1815 due to failing light.
29/1/2021/0806. 6 RNLI lifeboats continued search for missing fishing vessel Friday. HM Coastguard have now called the search off. Rhyl ILB was stood down and returned to station at 1600. Rhyl AWB was stood down and returned to station at 1800.The alarm was first raised yesterday morning for the missing vessel. Yesterday, 7 RNLI lifeboats joined the multi-agency search, with some lifeboats out for nearly 12 hours at sea. Llandudno, Rhyl, Conwy, Beaumaris, and Hoylake RNLI joined Coastguard teams and other emergency services in the search which lasted until 2200 last night. Crews from Llandudno, Rhyl, Hoylake, and Conwy all launched this morning to help search for the missing fishing vessel and its crew. Both lifeboats from Rhyl and Llandudno were requested to launch by HM Coastguard shortly after 8am this morning. Hoylake AWB launched shortly after 0850 and Conwy launched their ILB at 0907.he search coordinated by HM Coastguard has continued all day. That evening, HM Coastguard have now confirmed that the search for a missing fishing boat off the North Wales coast with three crew members on board has been stood down. Lifeboats from Rhyl returned to station at 1726.
28/1/2021.1109. A search got underway off the coast of North Wales this morning (Thursday) following concerns for an overdue fishing vessel with three people onboard. The AWB and ILB from Llandudno were launched around 1030. They were requested by Holyhead Coastguard to search an area off Llanddulas. The ILB from Conwy was launched at 1048 to assist in the search. The AWB and ILB from Rhyl launched at 1110 to assist in the search, which also includes a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft. At 1430, Beaumaris ILB was launched to search around the Puffin Island area. Hoylake AWB were also requested to assist in the search. The Shannon class all-weather lifeboat launched just after 5pm. The search carried on until darkness, and all boats were stood down, Rhyl returning to station at 2159.
24/1/2021. 2330.Both of Rhyl’s RNLI lifeboats were paged to assist police, ambulance and the local volunteer coastguard team, in searching for a person around the Horton’s Nose beach area at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The ILB was launched and arrived on scene just as the person was located in the area around the sand dunes at the rear of the harbour master’s office. A crew member went ashore to assist with the recovery of the casualty into the ambulance, and then went back to the lifeboat, which then returned to station.
Due to the tide rapidly going out of the harbour, the AWB remained at the waters’ edge ready to launch to assist at sea, but was not required. (Classed as standby for this boat).
Both boats were back on station by 1 am on Monday.
Pictures are courtesy of Callum Robinson, Rhyl RNLI mechanic. They show the very poor conditions at the station when the lifeboats returned.