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Crowds flock to Rhyl RNLI open day

Lifeboats News Release

Despite the windy conditions, Rhyl’s annual RNLI open day saw hundreds of people attend to view the lifeboats and find out more about the RNLI’s lifesaving work (21 August).

Visitors were able to go on board Rhyl’s all-weather lifeboat and purchase personalised boarding certificates, have a closer look at the inshore lifeboat, launching equipment and an RNLI lifeguard water craft, as well as gaining valuable sea safety information from the Respect the Water display.

Also on show was a range of vehicles including Rhyl Coastguard, North Wales Ambulance, RNLI Flood Rescue Team, and military vehicles (courtesy of Trevor Ellis). Inside the boathouse was a display of model lifeboats, cake and refreshment area, face painting, face to face fundraisers and a fundraising recruitment stall which saw seven new potential RNLI fundraisers and 30 Keep in Touch forms being filled in.

Live music from Carys and Lewis McElroy drew the crowds and entertained the visitors with a range of pop and rock songs.

As the lifeboats were preparing to launch for a demonstration exercise, a report came in of a person in the water off Splash Point, Rhyl. After a swift launch, both lifeboats arrived on scene within minutes. As the lifeboats arrived on scene the person was out of the water and with Rhyl Coastguard. It was quickly discovered that the person was swimming and that the call was a false alarm with good intent. As everyone was accounted for and safe the lifeboat returned close inshore off Rhyl boathouse and carried out a man over board demonstrations with Rhyl RNLI Lifeguards.

Rhyl RNLI Coxswain Martin Jones said: 'The open day was fantastic with over 500 people going on board the lifeboat. I would personally like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a huge success.’

Media contacts:
For more information please contact Colin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07813 688654 or by email on  colintjones@hotmail.co.uk or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on chris_cousens@rnli.org.uk.

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