RNLI and Coastguard teams involved in fifth callout in 4 days at Rhyl

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crews of Rhyl's All-weather Mersey-class lifeboat, and D-class inshore lifeboat were launched at 8 am this morning (Monday 21st October) to assist police in the search for a missing person believed in the water off Rhyl.

They were joined by local coastguard volunteer teams from Rhyl, Flint and LLandudno, and also the Coastguard Rescue 936 helicopter from Caernarvon. The search was for a reported missing person whose last contact via mobile phone, was on the beach in the Rhyl area.
Due to the large search area involved, the UK coastguard centre at Holyhead, who were coordinating the search at sea mapped out specific search areas for all the maritime units, based on the scant facts given to them.
Local police confirmed the casualty was on the beach area, and so all units, together with police patrols, searched an area between Splash Point, Rhyl,and Towyn.
After nearly 4 hours of searching with nothing found, the UK coastguard were satisfied the area had been searched thoroughly, and all units were stood down.
At this time, no further information has been given to the RNLI crew.
Martin Jones, RNLI Coxswain at Rhyl says ' This is the fifth callout in as many days for our Mersey-class lifeboat. This is the station boat until the RNLI assessors are happy that the new Shannon-class lifeboat can enter service. This will probably be in about four weeks' time'.
He added, 'Until then the Mersey is the station lifeboat, and still gives sterling service to her crews after 27 years at Rhyl'.
A video of the search may be available in the next few days.
Search for missing person 21/10/19

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl RNLI crew and UK Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 936 searching off Rhyl
to liaise with Coastguards on foot and police.

RNLI/Derek Denton

UK Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 landing at Rhyl RNLI station
All-weather boat; inshore lifeboat; Helicopter

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Paths of lifeboats and helicopter in search 21/10/19

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