Rhyl RNLI volunteers rescue man on personal watercraft
The UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls regarding a man on a PWC (Jetski) waving his arms on the vessel off the Golf Club to the East of Rhyl's Splash Point.
The pagers were activated at 4.37pm on Sunday 20 May, to launch the inshore lifeboat, who were alongside the casualty within five minutes of launching. The rider informed the crew that both the main and reserve tanks of fuel were empty. The crew took the Jetski in tow and returned it and it's owner from where they had launched in Rhyl harbour. The casualty and his craft were handed over to local Rhyl coastguard volunteers, watched by his parents on shore. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 6pm.
It is always advisable for owners of personal watercraft, if they run out of fuel in the main tank, to switch to the reserve tank and try to get back to their launch site, or to shore if possible.
Photo of boat at sea credit RNLI/Paul Frost MBE.
Photo in Rhyl harbour credit HMCG/ Ian Olsen.
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 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.