RNLI and Coastguard teams involved in fifth callout in 4 days at Rhyl
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.
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.
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, in a normal year, 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.