Rhyl RNLI volunteers assist speedboat with two on board

Lifeboats News Release

A speedboat with two people on board had recently launched from Rhyl harbour, but had experienced engine problems at sea, about half a mile from the end perch marking the entrance to the harbour.

The occupants contacted Rhyl harbour master to ask for assistance back into Rhyl. As there were no boats nearby to tow the vessel, the coastguard were contacted and Rhyl Inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 12.32pm on Friday 6 May 2016. The inshore lifeboat was launched within five minutes and was alongside the casualty some seven minutes later. The occupants of the speedboat had deployed the anchor on their vessel to stop it drifting. This was raised, and the lifeboat crew then towed the vessel back to the slipway at Rhyl harbour.
The vessel and it's occupants were handed over to the harbour master, and the lifeboat crew returned to station at 1.05pm.

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