Rhyl RNLI lifeboats assist fishing vessel.
During the lockdown for the Covid-19 virus pandemic, Rhyl's volunteer crew launched the All-weather lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel with mechanic failure, on 11th April 2020.
Due to Rhyl harbour being on lock-down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to take the casualty to the launch slipway with the lifeboat, because the bridge could not be lifted. The inshore lifeboat was therefore launched and took over the tow in the harbour, successfully recovering the vessel to the slipway. The inshore lifeboat then returned to station by 2.20 pm. The all-weather lifeboat took the opportunity to carry out mooring and berthing drills in the harbour, to wait until there was sufficient beach at the boathouse to safely recover. This was an opportunity, as the crew have not been able to maintain their skills due to the pandemic lock-down. The lifeboat eventually returned to the station at 3.50 pm.
The new Shannon-class lifeboat proved it's capabilities in this service, in that the crew were alongside the casualty in 14 minutes, some 5 miles away.
Pictures attached show the track of the all-weather and inshore lifeboats from marine traffic app, and also pictures taken from the Rhyl Journal newspaper website, credit unknown.
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.