Second rescue in two hours for RNLI lifeguards, Lifeboat crews and Coastguards

Lifeboats News Release

The alarm was raised by members of the public who contacted the emergency services, that there were two young girls in difficulty in the sea off the Pavilion theatre Rhyl.

Emergency services at Rhyl RNLI station after 2 girls rescued from the sea off Rhyl

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl service 18/8/18.
First on scene were the local RNLI lifeguards who helped get the two girls ashore and immediately began casualty care on them. The RNLI lifeguards requested immediate assistance from other resources, so the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged, along with local UK coastguard volunteers. As the girls were initially on their own, ambulance and police were requested to meet at the lifeboat station. The RNLI crew helped the lifeguards get the girls into the inshore lifeboat, which had been taken along the beach to the location. It was used to ferry the girls back to the lifeboat station where they were given additional casualty care, including oxygen. They were continuously monitored until ambulance personnel arrived, who took over the treatment. The girls were taken in two ambulances to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital. The local coastguards also located a relative of one of the girls and brought them to the lifeboat station. Police were also on hand to locate family members should it be necessary.
Please direct enquiries initially to North Wales Ambulance or UK coastguard at Holyhead for any further info.

Martin Jones, Coxswain at Rhyl lifeboat station said: ' We initially would like to thank the members of the public who originally raised the alarm. If anyone thinks they see anyone in trouble at sea, then they should dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard'.
He added; ' This rescue highlights the excellent teamwork between all the emergency services - the RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew; the UK volunteer coastguards; and also North Wales Ambulance and police services'.

The attached photo courtesy RNLI/Paul Frost MBE shows the emergency services outside the RNLI lifeboat station.

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