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Rhyl RNLI crew respond to numerous 999 calls

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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