10/10/2017. 10.43pm. The Inshore Lifeboat was paged by the UK coastguard at Holyhead to search Rhyl harbour and surrounding area for a vulnerable male. Police (including the force helicopter), and coastguards from Rhyl and Flint were also tasked. The tide was out so the ILB was towed by road to the harbour, where the crew carried out a search of the area and the entrance to the river. Nothing being found, permission was sought to then launch back at the station, and search the shoreline for about half a mile either side. As the tide was coming in and the waves were building, the crew of the ILB requested the AWB to launch to illuminate the area. Both boats, police and coastguards searched an area between Sandy Cove and Prestatyn for over an hour when the coastguard reported that police had found the male just off the promenade, safe and well. All units were stood down, the boats returning at 1.30am the next morning. Photos show from top –
Inside the all-weather lifeboat
Search area for inshore lifeboat
Search area for all-weather lifeboat
Inshore lifeboat launching.