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Rhyl lifeboat crew and Coastguard work together to save three trapped in mud

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Paul Frost
Deputy 2nd Cox / Press Officer at Rhyl Lifeboat station.

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Lifeboats News Release

  • Date:
    09/09/2012
  • Author: Paul Frost

Volunteers at Rhyl lifeboat station helped the Coastguard Mud Rescue Team to free one adult and two children who became stuck in the mud.

The emergency services were alerted after the father dialed 999, and at 11.30am on Sunday 9 September, Holyhead coastguard paged Rhyl coast rescue coastguard team to assist one adult and two children who were stuck up to their knees in mud off Palace Avenue, Rhyl, near to the harbour entrance wall.

The RNLI volunteer crew were at the boathouse and offered assistance. Holyhead Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat and crew to go to the spot, as police were trying to get to the people and risked getting stuck themselves.

The inshore lifeboat crew were told by Holyhead coastguard to stand by and assist the Coastguard Mud Rescue ream, who arrived on scene shortly after the crew.

The coastguards deployed their mud rescue sled and a coastguard took the sled across to the people and they were ferried across to the hard sand one-by-one, assisted by the lifeboat crew.

The three were all cold and wet, so they were taken on board the lifeboat and returned to the lifeboat station at Rhyl to be cleaned down and checked over.

The three were all safe and well and left the station none the worse for their ordeal.

This was a good team effort principally by the Rhyl volunteer Coastguard Mud Rescue Team, assisted by the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to effect an efficient rescue.

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