First service in 2017 for Rhyl RNLI's All-weather lifeboat
Private fishing boat with one person on board develops electrical fault.
The lone skipper of a 21-foot small private fishing boat radioed the UK coastguard to report he was unable to start his engine after a day's fishing. The vessel was at anchor about two miles North of the Nova centre Prestatyn. Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew were paged by Holyhead coastguard co-ordinating centre at 3.25pm on Saturday 4 March 2017 and were launched some 11 minutes later.
Passage to the vessel was fairly easy as the skipper had a VHF radio and the lifeboat was able to use direction-finding equipment to home in immediately, and were alongside the vessel within 15 minutes. The skipper had anchored his vessel and once the lifeboat was close, lifted the anchor to enable a tow to be made to Rhyl harbour. The harbour was reached within 45 minutes and the vessel was safely alongside the outer pontoons in the harbour by 5pm, assisted by the harbourmaster, the station shore crew, and Rhyl local coastguard volunteers. The crew returned to station at 5.30pm.
Martin Jones, coxswain of Rhyl lifeboat said ' This was a very straightforward service as the skipper was properly prepared with VHF radio, flares, lifejacket and cold-weather clothing. He did the right thing to call us and we were happy to help'
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Learn more about the RNLI
Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland