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Rhyl RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat combine to rescue three teenagers.

Lifeboats News Release

The three males had been surrounded by the incoming tide just off the lifeboat station at Rhyl, and a particularly deep, muddy gulley filled behind them, trapping their exit from the sandbank.

Picture illustrates distance between shore and sandbank.

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

service 18/8/18. Rhyl inshore lifeboat and lifeguards rescue 3 youths on sandbank
The RNLI lifeguard patrol at Rhyl spotted their plight, and one of the lifeguards ran down the beach to the shoreline, then waded up to his waist across the gulley to assist the group, calling for back-up from the RNLI lifeboat volunteers, who were paged immediately by the UK coastguard at Holyhead.
The lifeguard got the party on to the highest part of the sandbank, which was just covering their knees as the lifeboat arrived. The three and the lifeguard were taken on board the inshore lifeboat, and were returned to the lifeboat station and to their waiting relatives, safe and well.
Martin Jones , coxswain at Rhyl lifeboat station said: 'The RNLI always advises beach-goers to chat with the lifeguards about the tides and weather. Always swim at a lifeguarded beach, read and observe the flags put out by the lifeguards, and the beach can be a safe place to enjoy'.
He added: 'On this occasion, the RNLI lifeguards were able to see the situation developing, and advised the party to stay on the sandbank until the lifeboat arrived. If they had decided to try to cross the gulley, the water would have been quite deep, and as they were fully clothed, there could have been more dangerous consequences'.
Photographs by RNLI/Paul Frost show the Rhyl inshore lifeboat arriving, and then returning to the beach. The photographs show the amount of water between the youths and the sandbank where they were stranded.
Rhyl inshore lifeboat and lifeguard get 3 youths on to boat from sandbank.

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

service 18/8/18. Rhyl inshore lifeboat and lifeguards rescue 3 youths on sandbank
Rhyl inshoire lifeboat returns to shore with 3 casualties and RNLI lifeguard

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

service 18/8/18. Rhyl inshore lifeboat and lifeguards rescue 3 youths on sandbank

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