'We have been really quiet regarding callouts lately'
This is what a Rhyl RNLI volunteer said to a visitor to the station on Friday 29 June 2018.
Things changed really rapidly for the volunteer crew of the charity's lifeboats in Rhyl.
Between 12.30pm and 7pm on Saturday 30th June, the crew were called out six times in rapid succession.
In total, four craft and one kite surfer were assisted, with five persons being rescued and brought ashore.
The first call was to an inflatable reported to the UK coastguard at Holyhead as drifting out to sea off Kinmel Bay. The inshore lifeboat was launched, and reached the inflatable five minutes later. No-one was on board. The inflatable was returned to the shore and the owners retrieved it, with all being safe and well. The All-weather lifeboat had been put on standby for this call as well, in case a search was required.
The next call was to two kayakers off Sandy Cove. One of the kayakers had capsized and had difficulty getting back on. The inshore lifeboat took the person on board who had capsized, and both kayaks and their owners were returned safe to the shore.
The next call was to a speedboat off Towyn. The one occupant had been seen to be struggling trying to start the engine, and ended up on the flood relief rocks. The inshore boat took the man onboard, and towed the vessel back to the launch site at Pensarn.
Another call was to the Prestatyn/Rhyl; border, where a jet boat with two people on board had also broken down. The casualties were taken on board the lifeboat, and the vessel towed back to it's launch site at Prestatyn.
Whilst the inshore lifeboat was returning, the RNLI beach lifeguards at Rhyl reported a missing child between the lifeboat station and the Sky Tower. The lifeboat had just arrived off the boathouse, when the child was brought to the station by a member of the public, and reunited with the parents. The inshore lifeboat returned to station.
The final call was to a kite surfer who had become detached from their board just to the east of the boathouse. The lifeboat launched to find the kite surfer had managed to get back to shore, so the crew retrieved the board from about 200 metres out and brought it back to the owner.
All the casualties were met ashore by the UK coastguard volunteers from Rhyl, who issued safety advice as required.
Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Coxswain says ' All of these incidents resulted in the safe return of people and property to the shore. The RNLI strongly advises boat owners to thoroughly check and test all their equipment before setting out, and have some means to call for help if necessary, such as flares and a radio. Mobile phone coverage may not be good at sea'.
Key facts about the RNLI
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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