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Father and son rescued by Rhyl RNLI volunteer crew in busy shipping lane

Lifeboats News Release

The pair had started out from Prestatyn to row out to the windfarms, but were reported struggling against the wind and tide by concerned members of the public ashore, who dialled 999 and asked for the coastguard.

Due to the misty weather, offshore wind, and cross-shore tide, the people on shore reported the 2-metre long inflatable boat had been lost in the mist, so both of Rhyl's lifeboats were launched in anticipation of a possible search for the boat.
Luckily, a member of the public spotted the boat again, and the local volunteer coastguard team were able to direct the lifeboat crews to the boat.
The man and his young son were in the middle of the busy shipping lane to the port of Mostyn, which is used by numerous windfarm transfer boats and the Airbus wing ferry, trying to row ashore but not making any headway. The pair were taken on board the lifeboat, as was their dinghy. Neither were really equipped for a 4-mile journey to the windfarm, not having lifejackets, flares, or a means of calling for help.
The lifeboat crew then took the casualties back to the Prestatyn shore, where they were then ferried to the beach on the inshore lifeboat, to be met by the coastguards.
Martin Jones, Coxswain of Rhyl lifeboat station, said ' The two were very lucky to have been spotted from the shore by the public, struggling to make any progress. We thank these onlookers who correctly alerted the emergency services by dialling 999 and asking for the coastguard'
He added ' Where the casualties were located, was in the middle of the approach channel to Mostyn Docks. We are just so glad we were able to rescue and see them safely ashore' .
The casualties were given safety advice by the coastguards on their return to shore.
approaching the casualty

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Dinghy two miles out from Prestatyn 17/4/19
2 miles out off Prestatyn with 2 on board

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Dinghy safely on board the lifeboat 17/4/19
dinghy with 2 on board, 2 miles off Prestatyn

RNLI/Paul Frost

Taking casualties back to beach 17/4/19
unpowered dinghy with 2 on board off Prestatyn

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl All-Weather boat track. Casualty location top right point 17/4/19
unpowered dinghy with 2 on board off Prestatyn

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl inshore boat track 17/4/19

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