A missing girl on the Rhyl beach sparked a search involving RNLI Lifeguards, RNLI Lifeboat & HM Coastguards yesterday (Monday) afternoon.
Parents approached the Rhyl RNLI Lifeguards at 3:10pm to report that their young daughter had gone missing from the beach behind the Rhyl Sea Life Centre. The parents told the Lifeguards that the child enjoyed going into the water and with this information and the fact there was an ebbing tide the Lifeguards requested assistance in the search from Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew and the Rhyl Coast Guard rescue team.
Rhyl Inshore lifeboat launched to conduct a shoreline search along the beach whilst the lifeguards searched the beach and the coast guards search the promenade. After 20 minutes of searching Rhyl inshore lifeboat crew spotted a girl of the same description playing in a gully at splash point. A crew member was put ashore and confirmed that this was the missing child. Rhyl Coastguard team arrived and were able to transport the girl back to her waiting parents at the Rhyl lifeguards unit.
Matt Jessop RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor says "We ask any parents that loose sight of their children to report it to the lifeguards as soon as possible, yesterday's incident showed that a quick response helped lead to a positive outcome".
Martin Jones Coxswain of RNLI Rhyl Lifeboat says "The great outcome of finding the missing girl and reuniting her with her parents shows the fantastic team work between the lifeboat crews, lifeguards and coastguards, my thanks goes to all those involved".
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For more information contact Callum Robinson, Rhyl Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07780 449041. Alternately contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390.
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