30/12/2020. 1251.  Both boats launched after a motorist going over the Blue Foryd bridge in Rhyl harbour reported to police that they thought they saw a person in the water in the harbour, upstream slightly from the bridge, towards the railway bridge. Police were on scene and Rhyl and Llandudno coastguard teams were also mobilised to scene. The ILB searched up to the railway bridge whilst the AWB searched in the inner harbour, and the coastguards searched the river banks. There were multiple logs and tree trunks in the river, and also the ILB picked up a fender midstream which had become caught on rocks. The boats continued to search for an hour with nothing found. Holyhead Coastguard co-ordinating the search were satisfied the informant had seen a large tree stump in the river, and all units were stood down, the lifeboats returning to station at 2.02pm.

ILB track

20/12/2020.1150. Both boats were diverted from exercise to assist emergency services at a police incident on the Foryd (blue) bridge in Rhyl harbour. They were asked to provide cover near the bridge should the incident turn into a water rescue. The AWB returned to station due to lack of deep water at 1600, and the ILB returned to station for the same reason at 1758. No further details will be given by RNLI sources.

14/12/2020.1127. Both the AWB and ILB from Rhyl, together with the ILB from Flint,  were launched , after the UK Coastguard at Holyhead, received a message on the marine distress and calling channel, reporting a boat with four people on board, taking water and sinking off Rhyl. No precise location was given by the radio message, and so lifeboats were launched to investigate an area between Rhos-on-Sea and Talacre. The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked to search the same area. Also, local coastguards from Flint and Rhyl were tasked to search the shoreline of the same area. Local launching sites in the area were contacted, to see if any vessels had been launched that morning, but the reply was negative. The search was continued over a wide area with nothing being sighted. After three hours of searching, and no further messages being heard, the coastguard paused the search until further information was forthcoming. The lifeboats returned to Rhyl at 1445, and Flint lifeboat was taken back home by road trailer.

Track of AWB

Track of helicopter

Track of Rhyl ILB

Track of Flint ILB

11/11/2020. 0504. A distress beacon alert prompted a major search for RNLI lifeboats from Flint, Rhyl, Llandudno and Hoylake, with lifeboats launching late last night and returning to their respective stations in the morning. Both the ILB and AWB from Rhyl were involved in the search, with the AWB launching at 11.41pm the previous night and returning at 0640. The ILB joined the search for an hour and a half. Nothing was found on this occasion .
Track of ILB

……………….1521. The ILB crew were paged to assist with a police incident at the water’s edge off the Sky Tower at Rhyl. As the crew were assembling, UK coastguard co-ordinating centre in Holyhead reported the matter was resolved, and the ILB crew could stand down at 1528. Classed as standby.

18/9/2020.1707. Both boats paged to report of a kite surfer coming off his board about 1.5 miles out off Kinmel Bay. The ILB launched first, and found the surfer was still with his kite, but had become detached from their board. The surfer and kite were taken to shore and met by local coastguards. The ILB then searched the area for the board with no luck. The board was reported to the coastguard as lost. The ILB returned to station and the AWB was stood down at 1748.

  Track of ILB

   ILB approaching casualty

15/9/2020.1509. ILB launched to reports of a large object floating in the water off Ty-Mawr camp, Towyn. On scene , the crew found a large tree which could be considered to be a hazard to boating, and so the tree was towed in as close as possible to the shore. The ILB then returned to station by 1615.

14/9/2020.1703. ILB crew paged to numerous reports of people cut off by the incoming tide off the boathouse. The ILB launched and assisted about 14 adults and children back to the shoreline. The ILB returned to station at 1736.

   Track of ILB

13/9/2020./1602. ILB crew paged to persons cut off by the incoming tide off the boathouse. As the crew were assembling, Holyhead Coastguard informed the crew that the local coastguards had recovered all the people off the sandbank. The ILB was stood down at 1607.

12/9/2020. 1803. A member of the public on the beach at Prestatyn noticed a person enter the water, reporting them to be clothed and heading out to sea. Local coastguards were paged, and the ILB was launched some eight minutes later observing Covid rules regarding Personal Protection Equipment, and social distancing. The lifeboat was on scene some seven minutes later, and found the casualty was a person who regularly swims in the sea off Prestatyn, and all was well. The crew gave some safety advice, and the local coastguards also met the person coming out of the water. The inshore boat returned to station by 1850.

   Track of lifeboat

Paul Archer-Jones, duty Coxswain at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station said ‘The UK coastguards’ advice is that if you are going to enter the sea for training or for fitness, it is advisable to contact the Coastguard, to inform them beforehand of your intentions. Also tow an inflatable marker behind you to show others of your location. Once you are back onshore, tell the coastguards you have completed your swim’.

3/9/2020.2015. ILB crew paged to assist police and coastguards with a police incident on the events arena to the West of the boathouse. As the crew were on their way to the boathouse, the UK coastguard at Holyhead reported the incident was resolved and stood down the crew at 2020. Classes as standby.

31/8/2020.0905. The crew were paged after the owner of a dog dialled 999 and spoke to HM Coastguard at Holyhead to say his dog was swimming out to sea off Rhyl, chasing seagulls and would not turn back. There was a chance the owner would enter the sea to try to rescue his pet. The lifeboat was launched observing Covid-19 rules within 11 minutes of the call, together with the Rhyl Coastguard rescue team. Initial reports said that the dog was off the old Sun-centre site to the East of the station at Rhyl, but the owner updated the coastguards saying that the dog was actually off the new SC2 site to the west. The lifeboat turned round and sped to the scene, directed by  the coxswain at the boathouse over the station radio. The dog was soon located, brought onboard the lifeboat, and returned to his grateful owner. The ILB returned to station at 1000.

24/8/2020.1346. ILB and coastguard paged to assist Prestatyn RNLI lifeguards with a casualty on the beach. The person had gone in to the sea to assist another bather, who was assisted ashore. The rescuer then had a medical incident on the beach. ILB and coastguards were asked to assist get the casualty to a safe location as ambulance was called. As the ILB and coastguards arrived, the ambulance personnel had the casualty safely on the promenade at Barkby beach. and so the lifeboat and coastguards were stood down. The lifeguards then asked the ILB crew to check on a speedboat off the lifeguard station at Prestatyn, as there were people in the water. Arriving on scene, the ILB crew saw it was a speedboat with a inflatable being towed. All persons were suitable equipped with lifejackets and so all was well. The ILB returned to station at 1425.

20/8/2020. 1609. ILB and coastguard paged to report of persons in an inflatable dinghy drifting out to sea off Prestatyn. As the crew were assembling, the report came back that all were safe ashore, and all units were stood down. Incident closed at 1613. Classed as standby.

16/8/2020. 1252. ILB requested to launch to transfer 4 sick people from a fishing charter boat off Rhyl. The boat came close inshore so the ILB could get alongside quicker. The transfer was completed by the ILB in 2 trips, taking 2 people each time, and returning to the boathouse. All 4 were safely ashore by 1340 and the fishing boat continued on it’s way to finish the fishing trip.

………………1837.  ILB crew paged, but again paged to cancel at 1840. Details of incident unknown.

15.8.2020.1501-2020. Between these times the local RNLI lifeguards, coastguards and ILB were kept very busy attending to calls from the public regarding people trapped by the incoming tide on multiple sandbanks at the same time, and also due to inflatables being blown out to sea on the offshore wind. The last shout was to a report of a broken-down inflatable off Kinmel Bay, but they were fishing happily. In total the ILB launched 5 times and was put on standby twice to incidents. Pictures show track of ILB and also pictures of people on sandbanks.

First track up to 1740, second track up to 2020.

14/8/2020.2105. ILB crew and local coastguards paged to a police incident involving a person in the water off Robin Hood camp between Rhyl and Prestatyn. As the ILB was arriving on scene, the UK coastguard at Holyhead reported the person was out of the water and all units could stand down. The ILB returned to station at 2125.

13/8/2020. 2037. ILB requested to attend a police incident on the beach near the boathouse. As the crew arrived, the police reported to UK coastguard at Holyhead that the incident was resolved. Stood down at 2041, classed as a standby.

12/8/2020. 0134. Both boats launched to search the shoreline and out to sea from Miller’s cottage, Towyn, on police concern for safety request. Both boats searched until 0430 with nothing found.

…………….1338. Rhyl RNLI lifeguards reported people trapped by the incoming tide on the river-side of the rock wall at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The people were take on board the ILB and transferred to the shore at Kinmel Bay. The lifeboat was then diverted..
…………….1359. UK coastguard at Holyhead reported people cut off by the tide at Robin Hood camp beach between Rhyl and Prestatyn. On scene, a further 5 children were seen on the same sandbank. The ILB crew assisted to get the people safely wading back to shore by 1413. The ILB crew were then diverted again….
……………..1413. ILB crew responded to the Prestatyn RNLI lifeguards reporting a swimmer going out towards the green channel marker for the river Dee, some 500 metres off shore. The crew met up with the male, who said he was fit and well, and does this regularly. The fact was reported to the coastguard and some safety advice was given regarding informing the coastguard before any long-distance swimming at sea. The ILB then returned to station after escorting the man back to shallow water. Returned at 1506.
…………….1636. ILB put on standby as local coastguards investigated a report of a swimmer stationary in the water off Splash Point, Rhyl. Coastguards on scene reported it was a seal resting, and the ILB was stood down.

7/8/2020.1538. ILB launched to report of inflatable drifting out off Kinmel Bay. Found empty inflatable. Returned it to the beach, and subsequent enquiries found it to have been empty when it left the beach. Returned to station at 1610.

31/7/2020. A busy day.
……….1224. Launched to inflatable drifting out to sea off Rhyl. Recovered the inflatable. Coastguards located the owner who confirmed no-one on board. ILB returned to station at 1238.
……….1305. Launched to report of inflatable off Kinmel Bay with 1 child onboard, and 1 adult swimming out to it. On scene the casualties were nearly ashore and safe in shallow water, so ILB returned to station.
……….1349. ILB launched to another inflatable off Rhyl. No-one on board, but coastguard investigations ashore revealed it was empty when it left the shore. ILB returned 1408.
………1417. ILB launched to Prestatyn to take tow off AWB of small dayboat to return to Prestatyn Barkby beach. ILB returned to station at 1524. See AWB report for further details.

l30/7/2020.2124. ILB requested to standby as UK coastguard local patrol investigated reports of paddle boarder in difficulty off Splash Point Rhyl. All was well. ILB stood down at 2135.

26/7/2020.1515. ILB paged to police incident in Rhyl harbour. ILB stood by at the harbour entrance until the incident was safely resolved. Returned to station at 1555.

22/7/2020.2057.  ILB paged to standby for incident at Prestatyn. Stood down at 2059. Classed as standby.

21/7/2020. 1943. ILB and shore crew in Landrover mobilised to report of  people trapped in mud near the harbour rock wall. On scene, 1 was still trapped, but other 2 were safe om the rocks. The tide was flooding, so Rhyl coastguard team with help from Bangor coastguard team, set up a mud rescue and successfully extricated the casualty, who was taken to the boathouse in the ILB. Classed as standby for the ILB, and shore-based service for the LandRover. First photo taken from a member of the public via facebook. Units stood down at 2113.


19/7/2020. 1903. ILB called to immediate readiness for people trapped on a sandbank off the boathouse. Coastguards also paged. As the ILB was being readied, the coastguards reported all were safely back on shore and the ILB was stood down at 1935. Classed as standby.

6/7/2020. 1512. The ILB was requested to be towed by the Landrover to Rhyl harbour by road, to assist North Wales Police. On the way to the incident, UK Coastguard at Holyhead informed the ILB crew the incident was resolved, and so the crew returned back to station. the ILB was back on station by 1534.

26/6/2020. 1709. Both boats launched to reports of a swimmer and an inflatable being blown out to sea off the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. The local coastguard team were also alerted. The boats launched and also rescue 936 (Coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon) proceeded to the area. Rhyl coastguard located a male on the beach and discovered he was the one from the sea. The inflatable was recovered and the lifeboats and helicopter returned to station by 1830.

25/6/2020. 1208. ( A short video of today’s shouts is available on our YouTube channel). The Coxswain at the station was approached by a member of the public, drawing his attention to an inflatable being taken out to sea off the promenade. The inflatable was too far out to see if anyone was aboard, and so the ILB was paged and the crew launched to the inflatable. On scene, there was no-one on board. the inflatable was taken back to where it was thought to have blown from. The Coxswain went to the location and confirmed with the owners that no-one was on board. The inflatable was handed over and the ILB returned to station by 1240. Pictures show HTV Wales camera and interviewer on scene as they were interviewing Coxswain Martin Jones about what to look out for at the seaside.

Videos of today’s shouts can be found on out YouTube channel. Search for Rhyl Lifeboat.

…………………..1252. The crew’s attention was drawn to a small dayboat off Splash point, Rhyl, with the occupant leaning over the outboard engine trying to start it. The ILB crew was already at the boathouse, and the ILB was launched to investigate in co-operation with UK coastguard at Holyhead, and Rhyl local coast rescue team. On scene, the occupant stated he had stalled the engine with too much choke, but had now sorted out the problem, and would return to shore soon. The ILB crew returned to station at 1305.


…………………….1418. ILB launched to report of a person about 500m out from Prestatyn beach, waving their arms and shouting, apparently struggling. Both boats were launched, and as they were about half a mile away, the public reported the person was now safe ashore. All units were stood down, but were then diverted to Rhyl harbour area where numerous reports were received by the UK coastguard at Holyhead regarding inflatables being swept out to sea. Both boats recovered numerous rubber rings/boats/animals etc. and then returned to station at 1550.

…………………………..1556. ILB requested to launch again to check out an inflatable drifting out from Rhyl East beach. Found with no-one on board, but people ashore waved to the boat. The boat returned to shore and confirmed no-one was on board the dinghy. Returned to station at 1615.

……………………..1700.  ILB requested to launch to investigate a small inflatable with 1 person on board, apparently having difficulty making headway off the end perch at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The ILB launched and came up on the vessel, who by now had started back to the harbour. Once the person was back in Rhyl harbour, the ILB returned to station by 1735.

24/6/2020. 1535. Both boats launched to reports from off-duty lifeguards in the Prestatyn area, reporting people in difficulty off the beach there. The lifeboats launched and also Rhyl Coastguard local team, to investigate. On arrival at scene, nothing was found. Further onshore enquires found a group of youths who said they had been in the water. As all was fine, all units returned to station by 1634.

………………..1700. Both boats again called to assist Rhyl coastguards with the extraction from Towyn beach of a casualty who had slipped on rocks and had a suspected broken leg. It was unable to transport the casualty over the rocks, and so they were transported on the ILB to the AWB, and taken to the boathouse where an ambulance too the casualty to hospital.

16/6/2020.1656. The ILB crew were paged after UK coastguard at Holyhead were informed by local coastguards of a small 2m inflatable with 2 adults on board, swiftly drifting out to sea off Kinmel bay. The ILB launched and located the 2 adults to the east of the end perch post at Rhyl harbour, about 700 m out from their launch point. They had no safety equipment and just fitted into the dinghy. They were local people and were going out fishing with just oars as propulsion. The ILB crew took them on board and returned them to the coastguard patrol at Kinmel bay. The ILB returned to station at 1728.

Daily post 18/6/18.
Link to YouTube video

9/6/2020. Our station D-class D-770 returned to station after it’s planned refit at Poole Support centre. D-816 returned to the relief fleet.

1/6/2020.1701. For the third day running, the ILB was launched to rescue two people who had been cut off by the tide off the boathouse on Rhyl beach. The people were totally surrounded by water as the lifeboat arrived, with deep water between them and the shore. People on shore had raised the alarm. The two casualties were taken on board the lifeboat and returned safely to the shore.


31/5/2020. 1407. ILB launched to numerous reports of people cut off by the tide at Kinmel bay. The Landrover was also used to warn people of the incoming tide off Rhyl. Over 30 people were supervised until they made it safe ashore. The units returned to station just after 1500. Classed as shout for the ILB, and shore-based service for the Landrover.

Track of ILB.

30/5/2020. 1346. ILB launched to numerous 999 calls regarding people trapped on sandbanks with the incoming tide, between Abergele and Splash Point, Rhyl. The station LandRover was also utilised to warn people on sandbanks in Rhyl. The ILB and LandRover together assisted 30 people off the sandbanks until all the banks were covered by 1430. This is classed as 1 inshore lifeboat callout and 1 shore-based service for the LandRover.

Top L-R track of ILB / people on prom even during Covid-19 lockdown.
Bottom View from ILB of people cut off on sandbanks.

 ……………………2242. Both boats launched to assist police and coastguards with vulnerable person reported in the water at Pensarn. the lifeboats stood off some 350m as police dealt with the incident. On being stood down at 2345, the boats returned to station at 0036 on the Sunday 31st.
  Track of ILB.
21/5/2020.1610. Both boats launched to a report of a person in the water off Pensarn. On scene, the person was found swimming full-clothed about 300 metres off shore. The casualty did not want to get into the ILB, and so both boats stood by, engaging the casualty with reassuring conversation. Eventually, the casualty was shepherded ashore and they managed to wade on to the beach unaided, and into the care of the local coastguard team. Both boats returned to station at 1842.

17/5/2020.2111. ILB paged for immediate launch to a person up to their neck in the water off the Pavilion theatre. Police also on scene, and local coastguards also alerted. When the crew arrived on scene, the person had been recovered from the sea by others in the group, and the person was safe with the police. A crew member went ashore to provide casualty care if needed, but was not required. As the person was now safe ashore the ILB crew returned to station at 2135.

  Track of ILB

7/5/2020. 1231.  Still during Covid-19 lockdown. The ILB crew were paged after a member of the public reported a small kayak with either 2 or 3 people on board, drifting by the end marker perch at the entrance to the river Clwyd and Rhyl harbour. The ILB crew assembled and stood outside as the coxswain nominated 3 crew and shore crew to launch the boat. The boat launched at 1241 and immediately proceeded to the area, at nearly high tide. Nothing could be found, but the crew spotted a small sit-on canoe being taken up the beach by 2 people. The ILB went on scene and reported the fact to the local coastguard team near the site. As there was no sea-going incident, the UK coastguard at Holyhead stood the ILB down, returning to station at 1300.

   Picture shows track of ILB on service.

11/4/2020 1336. The ILB was launched to take over a tow from the AWB in Rhyl harbour (see AWB report). Due to lockdown from the Covid-19 pandemic, the bridge could not be lifted, so the ILB towed the casualty under the bridge and to the slipway. The ILB then returned to station by 1420. Pictures from unknown source via Rhyl Journal. Track from marinetraffic.com app.


18/3/2020. 1547. ILB crew paged to report of a person in the sea off Splash Point, to the east of the station. When the crew arrived, the person had been recovered to shore by a member of the public. The crew administered casualty care until; the ambulance arrived. The crew returned to station at 1620.

Our ILB D-770 was transported to Cowes Inshore Lifeboat depot in February 2020 for repairs. The decision to bring forward and carry out it’s 10-year refit at the same time was taken by the RNLI. WE now have relief ILB D-816 Eileen Murphy as temporary station boat.

5/2/2020. 1725. ILB crew paged, together with Rhyl coastguard  team, after North wales police reported a person in the water off Rhyl golf club. Just after the ILB launched, it was reported that the incident was resolved and the ILB could stand down, returning to station at 1740.

28/1/2020. 1044. The ILB was launched after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls from the public. A kite surfer had been seen in the water after becoming parted from his kite, off Splash Point, Rhyl. Local coastguards were also alerted. The ILB launched and proceeded to the area, finding the surfer at the water’s edge, safe. A crew member went ashore to check if the surfer was well, and that there was no-one else involved. Coastguards also arrived on scene at the same time. The casualty was taken care of by the coastguards, who then directed the crew to the position of the casualty’s kite, which had been blown towards the Nova Centre off Prestatyn. The kite was successfully recovered and the ILB returned to station. The surfer had been taken to the station by the coastguards, together with the crew member ashore. The casualty was reunited with their kite at 11.40 am.

19/1/2020. 1612. Both boats launched to assist police and coastguards recover a deceased person on the sands east of Prestatyn. The person was taken on board the ILB and transferred to the AWB, then both boats returned to station by 1805.

Track of ILB

………………1947. The ILB crew were paged and AWB put on immediate readiness to assist police and coastguards search for a person in the water off the Seaquarium. The ILB launched and arrived on scene just as the coastguards reported the person was found on the beach. The ILB returned to station at 2008.

17/1/2020. 1439. The fire service, police, coastguards, two RNLI lifeboats, and the Coastguard helicopter involved in search for person last seen entering the water between the road and rail bridges on the river Clwyd at Rhyl harbour. Following a 999 call, the pagers for the ILB were activated , followed by the AWB at 1520, to help in the search for a person who was reported entering the river Clwyd and swimming to mid-river, when the informant reporting the incident lost sight of the casualty.
The ILB was in attendance with North Wales fire brigade, local police, and coastguards from Rhyl, Llandudno and Flint on the banks of the river. The coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked to cover the river from Rhyl to St. Asaph.
The ILB searched as far upstream to Rhuddlan, until restricted by the depth of the river, and back into the harbour, whilst the AWB searched the harbour area, assisted by Rhyl harbour staff on shore. All gullies, banks, and moorings were searched thoroughly by all agencies on scene, with nothing being found.
Due to the fading light, and with nothing found, all assets were stood down by the UK coastguard at Holyhead, with a view to re-tasking shore-based coastguards at low water later at 20.30. The lifeboats returned to station at 1745. Screenshot shows track of ILB.