Rhyl RNLI crew respond to numerous 999 calls
The Inshore lifeboat crew were tasked to Splash Point at the East end of Rhyl promenade at 5.41pm on Monday 19 June.
The UK coastguard at Holyhead had received numerous 999 calls from members of the public who had seen a young girl apparently in difficulties in the sea off Rhyl. The crew had launched within seven minutes of the pagers alerting them, and were on scene some four minutes later. They found a party of young people on the shore line. One of the party had said she was performing handstands in the sea, and also was waving. She said she was OK, and not in any danger. The crew then returned to station at 6.05pm after handing out some sea safety advice about waving when at sea, their assistance not being required. False alarm, good intent.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.