First callout for Rhyl's new Shannon-class RNLI lifeboat
The crew were paged at 9.10 pm on Saturday 14 December 2019 to reports of a person in the water off Pensarn, Abergele.
This was the first launch of Rhyl's new Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat. Coxswain Martin Jones said ' The speed of the new lifeboat proved it's worth tonight in getting on scene much quicker, so enabling all search agencies to provide more effective cover. We are extremely impressed with the new boat, which proved a great asset to the search facilities'.
The attached picture shows the lifeboat's track, courtesy of www.marinetraffic.com
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 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.