Busy time for Rhyl RNLI volunteers extends beyond the weekend
After assisting RNLI lifeguards and local coastguard volunteers with numerous calls for assistance to people being caught out by the incoming tides over the weekend, the crews had two more callouts at the start of the week.
On Monday 9 July at 11.08 am, UK Coastguard at Holyhead reported that an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating radio Beacon) had been activated between Rhyl and Pensarn, up to the Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm. Other wind farm supported vessels had also heard the beacon operating their radios, and so the all-weather lifeboat was launched from Rhyl,to investigate. Direction-finding equipment on board the support vessels and the lifeboat indicated the beacon was somewhere to the north side of the wind farm. The beacon was heard quite loud near where some technicians were working on the turbines. Enquiries on the radio proved a blank, but after about twenty minutes, the alarm stopped. There was nothing further heard, and the lifeboat and coastguards came to the conclusion that the beacon could have been accidentally triggered, but no-one was in trouble. The lifeboat was therefore stood down, and returned to station at 2pm.
On Tuesday 10 July at 7.45pm, both lifeboats from Rhyl were called to assist a man who had grounded his vessel after mechanical problems at Pensarn, Abergele. The inshore lifeboat was on scene first, and got a tow line to the vessel, and towed the boat away from the shore, where the all-weather lifeboat took over the tow. the boat and one passenger were taken back to Rhyl harbour, and the inshore lifeboat again took over the tow, and the casualty vessel was put back on it's trailer at the harbour slipway, with the assistance of local coastguards. the lifeboats returned to station at 9.45pm.
Attached pictures show screen grabs from the second incident, also the tracks of the lifeboats from marinetraffic.com and the sailboat log application
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.