Rhyl RNLI volunteers called out to speedboat aground
The crew was paged at 5.25pm on Saturday 28 May to assist Rhyl coastguards trying to refloat an 18-foot speedboat which had gone aground at Talacre, about five miles east of the boathouse. There were two adults, one child and a dog on board.
The inshore lifeboat arrived first to assist local Rhyl coastguards already on site. The All-weather lifeboat was also launched, should a stronger pull be required to get the boat back in to deeper water. Two long lines were tied together to get a long tow from the casualty to the inshore boat, so there was sufficient water under the lifeboat to start the pull.
With the coastguard volunteers pushing, and the inshore boat pulling, the vessel was successfully returned to deeper water, where the All-weather lifeboat took over the tow back to Rhyl, from where the vessel had been launched. The occupants of the craft were returned by road to Rhyl in the coastguard vehicle, and the casualty vessel was returned to it's launching trailer on the beach at the lifeboat station. Had the vessel not been refloated, it could have drifted into the busy Mostyn channel and been a hazard to shipping, and would have meant the lifeboat re-launching at 3 am the next morning. The lifeboats were back at station at 8.25pm.
Coxswain Martin Jones says " This was a great effort between the local coastguards and my volunteer crew to bring about a successful re-floating and recovery of the casualty"
Pictures taken by Paul Frost MBE. Copyright RNLI.
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