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Multiple incidents in two hours for both RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards at Rhyl

Lifeboats News Release

Between 2pm and 4.15pm on Sunday 5 June, Rhyl RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, lifeguards, and Coastguards dealt with many incidents on the shoreline between Rhyl and Llandulas.

The first call came to launch both the lifeboats to reports of a woman swimming out to a child, being blown out to sea off Llandulas, initially reported as approximately a mile off shore. The inshore boat arrived on scene and located the woman, who had successfully managed to get the child nearly to shore. The crew checked all was safe just as the all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene. As all was well, the lifeboats started to return to Rhyl, when Holyhead Coastguard reported the lifeguards at Rhyl were going to the aid of a man swimming out to sea off the west end of Rhyl beach. As the inshore lifeboat arrived, the man was clinging to the lifeguard's paddle board, and they were both taken in to the lifeboat to return to shore safely. The gentleman was given some safety advice when back on shore by the local coastguard teams.
Both the lifeboats were then recovering at Rhyl, when it was reported that there were two children from separate families missing at the water's edge, and so the boats remained on the shore on standby. Luckily the children were spotted on the beach and reunited with their families. The incidents were completed by 4.15pm.
Screen grabs of a video taken by the RNLI inshore lifeboat crew are attached. the video will be published on Monday 6 June.
Paul Frost MBE, acting Coxswain says " The RNLI lifeguards and Lifeboat crew, together with HM coastguards, worked together to keep the beaches safe and promote safety messages"

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