second callout in as many days for Rhyl RNLI volunteers
The pagers were set off by the UK coastguard in Holyhead after a "Mayday" call on the radio.
Rhyl All-weather lifeboat crew launched at 4.07pm on Sunday 5 March, after Coastguards at Holyhead picked up the message on the radio via their aerial at Moel-Y-Parc mast. Flint lifeboat was on exercise by Mostyn at the time, and was tasked to search the River Dee estuary between Talacre and Flint. Rhyl lifeboat was requested to search from Prestatyn to Talacre about half a mile off shore. A slow-speed passage was undertaken by both lifeboats but nothing was found. After searching for over an hour, both boats were released to return to their station, the call being either malicious or a mistake. Rhyl lifeboat crew returned to station at 8pm.
The attached screen captures from www.marinetraffic.com show the tracks of both boats.
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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 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.