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 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, in a normal year, 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.