The inshore lifeboat at Rhyl was launched at 10.44 am on Monday 28 January, after the UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls from the public.
A kite surfer had been seen in the water after becoming parted from his kite, off Splash Point, Rhyl. Local coastguard volunteers were also alerted. The lifeboat crew launched and proceeded to the area, finding the surfer at the water's edge, safe. A lifeboat crew member went ashore to check if the surfer was well, and that there was no-one else involved. Coastguards also arrived on scene at the same time. The casualty was taken care of by the coastguards, who then directed the lifeboat crew to the position of the casualty's kite, which had been blown towards the Nova Centre off Prestatyn. The kite was successfully recovered and the inshore lifeboat returned to station. The surfer had been taken to the station by the coastguards, together with the RNLI crew member ashore. The casualty was reunited with their kite at 11.40 am.
Martin Jones, coxswain of the charity's station at Rhyl said ' This was one of the first callouts for some of our crew, and they put their training into good use, with a successful outcome'.
He continued ' We thank the members of the public for their diligence in dialing 999 and asking for the coastguard which resulted in a swift response by the rescue services'.
The picture shows the track of the inshore lifeboat on this service.
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.