First callout for Rhyl's new Shannon-class RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The crew were paged at 9.10 pm on Saturday 14 December 2019 to reports of a person in the water off Pensarn, Abergele.

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track of Rhyl lifeboat 14/12/19
The request to launch had been received by UK Coastguard at Holyhead to assist police and local coastguard teams search for a person believed to be in the sea. The new Shannon-class lifeboat 'Anthony Kenneth Heard' was launched and was on scene within 11 minutes of launching. This was compared to approximately 20 minutes with the previous Mersey-class lifeboat. Once on scene, the crew used searchlights and white parachute flares to illuminate the area to assist the shore parties. The units searched the area from Towyn to Old Colwyn for nearly three hours until it was reported the person had been found near the beach but on shore. The lifeboat returned to Rhyl once it was stood down by the coastguard.
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

Shannon lifeboat 13-34 'Anthony Kenneth Heard' at Rhyl

Nicholas Leach

New Shannon lifeboat stationed at Rhyl

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