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Rhyl RNLI volunteers recover beached speedboat

Lifeboats News Release

The vessel, with three people on board, had grounded on the beach at Golden Gate Towyn around 11am on Friday 10 August 2018.

Vessel aground on beach with occupants and coastguards, prior to re-floating.


Rhyl RNLI recover grounded speedboat 10/8/18

Both the inshore lifeboat Mary Maxwell and the relief all-weather lifeboat The Lincolnshire Poacher were launched after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received reports the speedboat had beached, and the occupants were having difficulty re-launching it.
The first lifeboat on scene was the inshore lifeboat. The crew managed to get a tow line attached, and were successful in towing the casualty boat out of the surf line. The tow was then passed to the all-weather lifeboat, and the boat was towed back to Rhyl harbour. The occupants of the casualty vessel were driven to the harbour by the local coastguard volunteers, as it was deemed too rough for them to re-board the boat in the surf.
Once in the outer harbour at Rhyl, then inshore lifeboat crew then took over the tow to the harbour slipway, where the boat was recovered by harbour master staff.

Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI coxswain said: 'If the vessel had been left until tonight's high tide, there would have been a greater risk, as it would be in darkness. The decision to re-float the boat on the day's high tide proved successful'

All photos credit RNLI/Rhyl.

Rhyl all-weather lifeboat takes up the tow back to Rhyl


Rhyl RNLI recover grounded speedboat 10/8/18
Rhyl inshore lifeboat prepares to take the tow


Rhyl RNLI recover grounded speedboat 10/8/18

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