Teamwork between multiple agencies rescue person in the sea
Rhyl RNLI volunteers in the inshore lifeboat were instrumental in rescuing a man who had entered the water off Pensarn, and was about 150 metres out, fully clothed.
The initial report at 4.50pm on Wednesday 11 July, to the lifeboat crew from UK coastguard at Holyhead, reported the man had disappeared from the view of police officers on the shore, and local volunteer coastguard officers were also paged to attend. The coastguard rescue helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked.
Directions from police on shore directed the lifeboat crew, who located the man struggling to swim in the cold water. He was taken on board the lifeboat and the volunteers took him back to shore as the helicopter landed nearby.
The partner of the man had come to the boat, and was informed the tide was coming in around her, so she also was taken on board the lifeboat to another safe landing place.
The helicopter and ambulance paramedics, together with coastguards assured the man was given the best care, and together the agencies agreed the best way to get the man to hospital was by helicopter. He was winched up from the lifeboat, and the lady was taken to hospital by road ambulance.
Once both casualties were on their way to hospital, the lifeboat returned to station, to be ready for service at 6.50pm.
Paul Frost, duty Coxswain at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station says ' The many hours of training by the charity's volunteer crew really paid off tonight. Their casualty care and quick return of the man to shore probably ensured he received the best attention, enabling a swift transfer to hospital'.
He continued ' all the agencies today worked well together to ensure a good outcome'
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 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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