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Four persons assisted by Rhyl RNLI volunteers as their boat's engine fails.

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of the All-weather lifeboat were alerted by their pagers at 5.18pm on Saturday 2 September.

Rhyl lifeboat begins tow of casualty back to Rhyl

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl RNLI starting tow back to Rhyl 2/9/17

The 10-metre private fishing vessel had contacted the UK coastguard via Holyhead centre, to say that they could not start their inboard diesel engine, and were anchored just off the Little Orme headland, 10 miles west of the station. They had set out from Rhyl that morning, and requested assistance to get back to Rhyl harbour.
The All-weather lifeboat launched some 11 minutes later, and were on scene 40 minutes after launching. As all the persons on the boat were wearing lifejackets and all were well, a tow was undertaken with the casualties remaining on board their vessel.
The charity's lifeboat arrived at Rhyl harbour and the boat was safely moored on the outer pontoons, the casualty being handed over to Rhyl coastguard volunteers and the harbour master.
The lifeboat arrived home at 8.45pm.

Acting Coxswain Paul Archer-Jones says ' The anglers were well kitted out with all the necessary safety equipment and were wearing lifejackets. They did exactly the right thing to ask for assistance'

Rhyl lifeboat tows casualty vessel into Rhyl harbour

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl RNLI lifeboat entering Rhyl harbour with casualty

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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.

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