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Rhyl RNLI Festive Dip breaks records!

Lifeboats News Release

171 people took to the waters at Rhyl RNLI’s annual Festive Dip

Rhyl RNLI volunteers held their annual Festive Dip on New Years Eve at Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

171 brave souls entered the waters off Rhyl, which surpasses all previous years entrants records, to help raise funds towards the new Shannon class lifeboat for Rhyl.

The mild weather and winter sunshine also brought in 100s of spectators to the event, to cheer on the participants.

£1,888.47 has already been raised from the dip, with further donations to processed in the next few days.

Andrew Wilde from Rhyl Lifeboat said, 'This years event was by far the largest we have ever held and it was great to see the promenade jam-packed with people taking part and watching the Festive Dip.’

He continues, ‘It's fantastic to see the community getting involved with the RNLI and help raise funds for the charity. The donations from this event will go towards our new Shannon-class lifeboat that’s due to arrive on station the last quarter of 2019.’

Media contacts:

For more information please contact Colin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07813 688654 or by email on or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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Dippers take to the sea at Rhyl RNLI Festive Dip

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RNLI mascot Storm Stan welcomes Rhyl Mayor Cllr Alan James

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Crowd gather for Festive Dip

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RNLI mascot Storm Stan keeps an eye on the entrants for the Festive Dip.

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RNLI mascot Storm Stan welcomes fundraising group Belief

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Ready, set, GO! Dippers take to the water at Rhyl RNLI Festive Dip

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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 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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