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Rhyl RNLI crew get saturday afternoon call to a boat with lost propeller

Lifeboats News Release

The Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew were called out last Saturday afternoon to help a boat with that had lost its propellor.

Rhyl's All-Weather lifeboat 'Lil Cunningham' was called out at 5:10pm on Saturday afternoon after UK Coastguard at Holyhead requested the launch to aid a boat that had reported it had lost its propeller off the coast of Rhyl.

After a short search with intermittant radio communications the vessel was found at anchor just off Abergele. A crew member was put aboard the casualty to help recover the anchor and set up the tow.

The boat was towed by the all-weather lifeboat to the safety of Rhyl harbour where a berth was arranged and local fisherman helped moor the casualty up.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was ready for service by 7:30pm.

Paul Archer-Jones Deputy Coxswain said ‘Our team worked well to locate the casualty and bring them back to Rhyl harbour. The crew on the casualty boat had a VHF radio and GPS for navigation. We always recommend that you carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water, and if you can, use a base station VHF radio with an antenna to boost the distance it can be used’.

RNLI/Colin Jones

Rhyl lifeboat towing the casualty vessel

RNLI/Darrel Graham

The view of Rhyl lifeboat from the casualty

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