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Rhyl RNLI volunteers called out for fifth time in five days

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat tows broken down boat to safety

service 21/7/17

HMCG Flint coastguard

Rhyl ILB at Prestatyn slipway

The crew were paged at 8.18pm on Friday 21 July when a rigid inflatable boat with two people on board, reported they had engine failure off Presthaven Sands camp, Gronant. The boat was launched within six minutes and proceeded to the area, and immediately saw the casualty vessel. The people on board had an anchor down, but it was not holding in the deep water of the shipping channel. The lifeboat crew transferred one person on to their boat, and then set up a tow. the boat was successfully towed back to its launch site in Prestatyn, and the lifeboat crew then returned to station by 9.40pm.

The attached photos were taken by, and are credited to, Flint and Rhyl volunteer coastguard teams, and the path of the lifeboat taken from AIS (

recovered by ILB after tow

HMCG Flint coastguard

Casualty 21/7/17 Rhyl
Track of Rhyl ILB on service 21/7/17

Track of Rhyl ILB on service 21/7/17

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